…the resonance that precedes the thought…

Kotodama is different from simple utterance. What is called kotodama is when the red blood is seething in your belly”

That is what Ueshiba Sensei taught me. Goi Sensei explained to me that kotodama is the resonance that precedes the thought and which leads to the character and the sound….

– – – Takahashi Hideo, Takemusu Aiki  French translation vol. 2, p. 119

cf:  “Kotodama is not sounds. It is the echo of ki which precedes the emergence of sounds…”  – – – Rinjiro Shirata Shihan in Aikido Pioneers, p. 126

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