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Aiki-no-Yugen-no-Kigaku-ho, Saturday, December 5

Understanding that the mystery of existence is directly related to the ki-connectedness between us all can allow us to learn techniques for influencing an audience, fellow-performers, or an opposing swordsman. And the experience of practising these same techniques enhances our own creative flow and powers of collaboration.

Kigaku – – – the study of ki – – – is a part of most traditional Japanese arts – – – comprising a rich body of practice and wisdom: ki-flow, kizeme, working with our ki-body…

Practising these traditional exercises in the sacred dojo space, constructed according to mikkyo principles, is in itself a powerful and revelatory experience, and a making contact with the roots of Suzuki actor training,  and of many  gendai martial arts.

Practised as a ‘do‘, a Way, kigaku is a gateway to the mysterious: monji yugen kigaku-ho –  A returning to the roots of the ancient (ken-no-michi) to deepen the modern (Suzuki-ho).

“…opened up new opportunity for continuing growth, already reflected by improved engagement in my writing these past two days.” – Heidi Kraay, playwright and theater-practitioner

For performers, artists, and creative practitioners of every tradition. 

First Saturday of the month, 9:00 – 10:30am.

* mat fee $15 *



Atemi Workshop, Sunday January 17, 12:30-5:30

 “In the case where an enemy comes at you with a live sword first grab some dirt off the ground (actually, it’s OK even if there’s nothing) and throw it in the enemy’s eyes at the same time leaping forward…” – – – Kobukan training diary, 1938

Atemi must always be synchronous with your move to deflect your partner’s attack. A moment of hiatus between parrying your partner’s attack and delivering Atemi could result in his possible escape.” – – – Morihiro Saito Shihan

Our January workshop is going to be concerning atemi

I think it’s the alchemy of aikido:  it is the drop of something that catalyzes the energy of the situation, and causes a transformation of physical movement…

Usually people think atemi is limited to percussive technique – because that is one way of looking at the word. But I like the idea that body movement alone: body movement that – suddenly – advances uke‘s perception of distance and timing is a form of atemi.

Breathing is a form of atemi: I think with really good aiki movement you’ll find that,  once your balance is correctly taken, you’re not even breathing. You’re just in some type of  kyo, where everything stops…  and there can be a moment where nage will  join their breath with you, producing a kind of atemi .

I find that one of the lovely things about training is that taking ukemi is a wonderful form of atemi. If you think about a breakfall, something where you “meet the mat”, I find that that can shatter all kinds of bunched up energy in the body when done correctly. It’s a form of the Earth touching you back  A beautiful atemi.

I think, also, you cannot understand timing without studying atemi,  because it occurs all the time around you.

So we’re going to use it as the alchemy of aikido.

Sunday, January 17, at the dojo, 12:30-5:30, $25

Please park at Elm Grove Park.

for more information contact Kimbal Anderson Sensei (208) 407-7590

…practitioners of all styles of aikido welcome…

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…for family, friends and fans of Lynn Fraley…
…with performance by The Christmas Interludes…


Peter is producing and performing in The Christmas Interludes…

…a Christmas in Boise tradition since 1983, now booking A Child’s Christmas in Wales and A Christmas Carol for Holiday parties around the Treasure Valley,  December  1 – 24, 26, 27…

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES  at Crazy Neighbor, in the Linen District, FIRST THURSDAY in December at 7:00pm… and at The Mode Lounge, Downtown Boise,  Sunday December 13 at 7:00 pm and Sunday December 20 at 7:00 pm.

(208) 830-6657

…and he has a show playing with his sound design:


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Michio Hikitsuchi Shihan remembers…

He also told us to have a sense of gratitude. Be thankful for others and to nature. Without gratitude we cannot become true human beings. The power of nature, the sun, gives us everyhing. When rain falls, the field produces rice. Fruit and grain grow. This is the gift of the earth. Therefore the keiko is very important.

– – – in Remembering O-Sensei, ed. Susan Perry, p.101

Koichi Tohei Shihan on Ame no Torifune (i)…

…take half a step forward with your left foot…

toheifunakogi1CROPAt count One, push your [koshi] forward as though to push your one point forward horizontally and thrust your arms forward forcefully, keeping the wrists bent. The upper body is kept vertical, bending neither forward nor backward. The arms are not thrust forward so much as brought forward with the feeling of extending Ki from the [koshi]. The right leg should be stretched easily to the rear.

toheifunakogi2CROPAt count Two, draw back your [koshi], at the same time pulling back your wrists to your hips. It should be a pulling back with the [koshi] and not a pulling back with the arms. The right leg then is slightly bent and the left leg is straightened.


Bear in mind that this exercise is more for the [koshi] than for the arms.

– – – Koichi Tohei Shihan,  “Supervised by Morihei Uyeshiba [O’Sensei]” Aikido the Arts of Self-Defense,  pp. 61-2

Memories of O’Sensei (2)…

At six thirty in the morning, excepting those days where quite suddenly he has decided to make a teaching trip away from Tokyo,  Uyeshiba Sensei comes into the dojo. He is truly a “great master” [ – an “O  Sensei” – ], precisely because he never plays at being “Master” and never behaves as if he is in charge.  Already, our paths had crossed in the stairwell, where he was politely climbing the stairs with small steps, in his socks. He had stopped to talk with a Japanese student. He was smiling a lot,   open-faced, bright-eyed. He seemed to be quite amused. He is this way a lot. He looks at one and all with in jovial and sympathetic manner. He talks a lot. In the dojo, he talks all the time…

read more:

O’Sensei no kuden: Furitama

You are standing with one foot put on the rock of the sky, and the other foot on the rock of the earth.

– – – recorded by Tamura Nobuyoshi Shihan,  reported by Jim Baker of Aikido of Norfolk (retrieved May, 2014)

Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan and André Nocquet Shihan…


– – –  Bu-Iku: Ritterlichkeits-Erziehung,  Yasuhiko Kunimoto,  tr. Kiyoko Furumoto ,  p.42

Sounds have sound waves, and light has light waves…

 – – – by Koichi Tohei Shihan

Sounds have sound waves, and light has light waves. No one will deny that sound and light waves have power. The mind that controls man is actual power that exists. The mind has mind waves.

The constant functioning of the cerebrum and cerebellum in man generates these mind waves. It is not strange to learn then that the energy of these mind waves creates great power.

If you would have your mind function with greater efficiency, you must concentrate your mind waves, not dissipate them as when you are trying to think about something to your right as well as to your left, or studying while you are thinking about playing. If you do this, the mind waves will be unable to create any kind of strength.

The mind must be concentrated instantaneously on problems directly as they arise, and yet must not cling to them. A mirror reflects an image instantly, but if the object that it is reflecting is taken away, no image remains. If the previous image were to remain, the mirror could not reflect a second object clearly. Concentrate your mind instantaneously on a problem but do not cling to it – and you have real concentration. To concentrate the mind on one object and cling to it may look like concentration. It is not – it is attachment.

– – – Koichi Tohei Shihan, “Supervised by Morihei Uyeshiba [O’Sensei]” Aikido the Arts of Self-Defense,  p. 47