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Aiki-no-Yugen-no-Kigaku-ho, Saturday, April 4

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 *



A Journey Through O’Sensei’s ‘Budo’ – 3: Tai no Sa-yu no Henka [Transform The Body], Sunday April 12, 12:30-5:30

“ Your mind must be silent, an unblemished crystal to catch the vibration...”  – - – Mitsugi Saotome Shihan

“After transforming [their] body, it is essential that your legs be open in roppo,  so that your posture is stable…”  – - – O’Sensei

“When the face is turned around, the mind must make a complete turn-around…  – - – Koichi Tohei Shihan

“ Guiding your partner’s  ‘Ki‘  onward is an important process in quickening the whole movement…  – - – Morihiro Saito Shihan

Aikido has many metaphors, and you can study each metaphor in many different ways,  and every one of these ways is  beneficial.   So when we think about the notion of “transforming the body” [tai no henka] – one thing is, that on a very practical level, as nage, if you do not transform the body of uke – meaning you take their balance,  etcetera, causing a change in their initial intention – and in fact you join intention with them – then you get nothing more than force and the use of strength and lots of shoving – and you don’t really get to explore very deeply.

Another way of thinking about this is that you have to transform your  own  body so that you have the capacity to feel them… so the higher level of our practice is to be able to perceive how they perceive  themselves: rather than having your own perception of them you have the direct experience of how they perceive themselves. Because, in fact, when  you think about leading ki… you cannot lead ki unless you can feel what they’re feeling. When you cease to feel what they’re feeling,  you start doing an arbitrary motion which is no more than trying to pull on something by visual observation, or desire, or hope or whatever. But  when you can perceive their own organisational aspect, then you’ve already transformed their body by merging.  The transformation is union.

Sunday, April 12,  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…

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

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)

…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


…a feeling that wells up and comes out naturally…

If a conversation is truly something wonderful, it is kototama….When the desire for everyone to be in harmony is present in what you say, I feel your words are kototama. If the heart of love and gratitude permeates every word, that is kototama….    When O’Sensei chanted the sounds A…O…U…E…I… and other kototama, he would say that the sound had to emerge naturally, of its own accord. “A”…is a feeling that wells up and comes out naturally in a sound. While O’Sensei was sounding the kototama, he would say, with “A” the sound emerges naturally, and with “ME” the sound goes out and circulates….

- – -  Motomichi Anno Shihan – Journey to the Heart of Aikido,   pp.248-9

O’Sensei no Kuden: sword(4)

The form of budo must be love.  One should live in love.  This is aikido and this is the old form of the kamae in kenjutsu.

- – - radio interview recorded in Aikido,  by Nidai Doshu, Kowada edition, 1957.  Translated in Aikido Journal.

…ki-work and misogi…

Ki techniques of the body
calm the spirit -
Misogi techniques
give us guidance : -
the heavenly – and earthly – kami…

- – - O’Sensei

O’Sensei no Kuden: Kokyu

Breath out while breathing in, and breath in while breathing out.

- – - reported by Nobuyuki Watanabe Shihan – in Gekkan Hiden,  Aug. 2007.  Interview translated by Christopher Li Sensei,  Sangenkai website.

O’Sensei no kuden: in-yo(4)

It is essential to give yourself over to the action of the sub-conscious, which alone can reconcile “yin and yang”.

- – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda, recorded by André Nocquet Shihan in his Hombu training diary, 1955-57. Published in Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message p.195