I am attempting to translate Tohei Sensei’s Shokushu from Japanese into English – ‘The Ki Sayings’ booklet, from which we read almost every class. This is something I would like to personally contribute so that non-Japanese speakers get a better understanding of the original Japanese – after all, this is what Tohei Sensei wrote as[…]Read More
Master Kataoka disarms his otomo or assistant, Kobori Sensei with a whack on his bokken at a seminar in Cairns, Australia in 2007.
Such a disarm must be done with complete relaxation & focus. Achieving everything by “Doing No-thing.”
Although Aikido is based on elite samurai arts, many of these skills became outmoded on the battlefield with the coming of the gun, artillery and modern society to Japan. However, Aikido is still an EXCELLENT way to learn how to properly focus the mind and use the body for self defence in today’s society. It[…]Read More
I love this video of the amazing and inspiring Kashiwaya Sensei, whom I first met in June 2012 at his seminar in Cairns, Australia.
I recommend all aikido students and teachers to seek out these masters and feel their presence and soak up their wisdom.
Not all of them are Japanese these days of course, but the closer you get to the source of Aikido – people trained by Osensei or his great students, the more special the experience, although they all have their own personalities and flavours!
Kashiwaya is an 8th dan master, who was one of Tohei Sensei’s uchi deshi or ‘inner disciples’. Of course, we respect all the masters and their great efforts, but Kashiwaya Sensei has been appointed to look after the training of us here in Australia, so we have the most face to face contact with him.
Having lived and taught in Seattle Washington since the 70s, he speaks fluent English and is extremely friendly and loves to chat over dinner after the seminars.
What a treat! I like to ask him many questions about the ‘behind the scenes’ side of Aikido – I’m intrigued to know the history and different personalities and ideas that led to the formation of Aikido and especially Ki Aikido.
He is very willing to share, although some information is, of course, not to be shared publicly.
Let me know if you find any other instances of Ki Aikido in the media. We need to spread the good word – you know, many people don’t even know there is such a thing as a martial art of harmony and unity of mind & body. There are many people who suffer from sickness in mind, heart & body and this could be just the thing for them.
There are many interpretations of Ai Ki Do – some dealing more with techniques applied in combat situations through to some which focus much more on the highest levels of spiritual understanding. Aikido was the name chosen by the founder, Morihei Ueshiba or Osensei, for his art and if one encounters those who actually trained[…]Read More
Ki Aikido is totally about awareness and directed attention – and it can be practised slowly. I personally practise movements slowly and then only speed up later when going for a workout or ‘realistic’ speed. Now, I will appreciate the slow work even more! http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/body-sense/201007/slow-movement-awareness-better-exerciseRead More
Tohei Sensei wrote of the distinction between a ‘ tatsujin’ and ‘meijin.’ Both could be translated as ‘master’, however, the first is more akin to an ‘expert’ and the latter would be a ‘master.’ An expert is one who is very proficient in techniques… whereas a master has attained the mind. Tohei Sensei wanted[…]Read More
Tohei Sensei was behind the successes of many sporting legends, including Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nakajima, two of Japan’s baseball immortals. He taught them how to unify mind and body in their particular games. After learning from Tohei, Sadaharu Oh hit more home runs than Babe Ruth! One of my students, Tushan, is into cricket[…]Read More
Last night in seniors class, we practised sleeping! Yes, you read that right. SLEEPING. How can you practise sleeping? Isn’t it something that just happens? Well, hopefully it does, but most people have plenty of experience with disturbed sleep and even insomnia. Anyone who has ever gone a day or two without it knows that[…]Read More