Wednesday, June 24, 2020

2020 Summer Study, Aiki Ken as Misogi

O'Sensei has said that Aikido is Misogi. One of our core practices is Aiki Ken with a bokken. How can we approach this practice as Misogi?

Let's start with a look at Shirata Sensei's Misogi no Ken a 45 count Bokken Kata.

Friday, March 06, 2020

How deep is your Aikido?

What do you think Saotome Sensei means when he says,

"If Aikido is just dancing for you, then your Aikido is shallow, and 
it has no ability to either defend or heal"

"My purpose is to guide Aikido students away from the “dancing mindset’, from training in a comfortable way mentally and physically. I want to make them think about the real meaning, the real application of “harmony” – it comes from the moment of being in front of an enemy who can destroy you, who is not going to participate in your harmony. This is the essence of O Sensei’s Aikido meaning, and without this understanding Aikido is missing something important. I often ask my students, “can you defend your life?” Because if your answer is “no”, then your Aikido has no real meaning and you have no real understanding of Aikido principle. If Aikido is just dancing for you, then your Aikido is shallow, and it has no ability to either defend or heal". - Mitsugi Saotome Shihan

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Hikari, Light

Hikari Light by Morihei

Katsu hayabi]

Katsu hayabi (勝速日victory at the speed of light) is a highly developed state in which an aikido practitioner has reached spiritual and moral perfection, and becomes immune to violence. "Victory" occurs at the speed of light -- meaning instantaneous—because an opponent cannot even begin an attack.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The ultimate aim of the art of karate

“ The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies
Not in victory or defeat,
But in the perfection of the character of the participant ”
Gichin Funakoshi, founder of shotokan karate

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

What is Shoshin, the mind of Aikido, Kyudo......

The Beginner or Budoka mind

"Even if we dedicate a lifetime, we will not be able to master it. 
If we keep this in our mind we can continue further.
 This is one of the things I was taught by my Sensei and
 I will not forget. I strive to practice everyday feeling like a beginner.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

First Step in Meditation

"The first step in meditation is concentration. Whatever you do--whether you are an accountant or a dancer--you have to be able to concentrate.... The first step in meditation is concentration, and you can attain that depth of concentration if you train yourself. Never give up! Accept meditation as part of your life, just as you eat, sleep, and do other things; make it a prominent goal to have a calm mind, to have a one-pointed mind, to have a tranquil mind. Do not give that up.
John Zenkewich Lessons in Meditation