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Atemi Workshop (2), Sunday March 13, 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

So one of the things we covered in the first Atemi Workshop was the idea of  ‘a catalyst’. A tiny thing can create a great change. For instance: how many molecules of a match catch on fire first? One. But you can melt steel from this tiny thing. You also can reach Mars. It’s pretty good what we can do with just a spark.

So you can think of atemi as a creative spark.

You have atemi when you’re driving the car and someone hits full beam. It changes your attention doesn’t it? Can you NOT be affected by it? You might be conscious of what you do, but your pupils still dilate.

Atemi would be like putting cream of tartar in eggs so they whip up and make foam. It is  a tiny thing that changes the structure of something.

So we say: sen.  Initiative. We want to change the energy, in order to seize the initiative. But not in an aggressive way, not in the sense of harming, even if we physically strike them.

It seems like that you can’t do that. But that’s not true. And that’s one of the beauties of this.

Sunday, March 13, 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…

A piece of history!!!… Boise, 1991… Boise, 2016…


Adam Broom-san, 10 years old, taking a Kyu-test with his friend,  David Bogie-san, and  Rita Miller Leonard Sensei, at the 10th Street Dojo, in Boise, 1991.


Nate Broom-san, 10 years old,  Kimbal Anderson Sensei,  Adam Broom-san,  seated in front of the shinden at Komyozan Dojo, 2016.

We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Adam Broom-san on his continued training down the years  in our Aikido tradition – and to his son,  Nate-san,  ten years old,  for continuing in this tradition.  These two photographs, seen together, are so, so moving and are truly inspiring. Gambatte !!!

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

…in order to penetrate the Way…

[A gentleman] recites numbers 1)  in order to penetrate the Way,  thinks deeply in order to understand it, associates with men who embody it in order to make it part of himself, and shuns those who impede it in order to sustain and nourish it.

– – – Hsun-Tzu  (circa 310 – circa 235 BC

1) hi…fu…mi…yo…i…mu…na…ya…ko…to…

…Fourth of July Jinja-Mairi!!!…


SenseitoSenseiCROPThis summer I was able to visit Tsubaki America Shrine for my O-Mairi.  It has been many years since I was able to go,  so I was really happy to be there and experience the transformative atmosphere of the Shrine,  and even more:  Guji-San’s amazing talent as a shrine-keeper.  We were able to visit a little bit, but it was a very busy time for him, too. So, all the more, we enjoyed so much his hospitality, and hope to return soon.

We are hoping to collect a group of dojo-members who might be  interested in experiencing shrine technology and take them up for a little trip.

I want to extend my incredible gratitude to Sensei for the years of work that have created this Shrine.  He’s one of the few people that I’ve ever met who have that level of commitment that they can make something that everyone says is impossible  actually happen, and happen in a bigger and more incredible way than anyone could have imagined.

– – – Kimbal Anderson Sensei,   August 2014