‘Expert’ Or ‘Master’?

osensei kokyu nage

Osensei went far beyond physical technique, he embodied enlightened being.

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…tatsujin



whereas a master has attained the mind.

Tohei Sensei wanted to produce masters more than just experts.

Of course, we not only attain proficiency in techniques through our practice – we perfect our mind and body unity and even become one with the universe – beyond time, the small self and perhaps even life and death.

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Michael Geisner

Ki Aikido can become a rock solid centre that fear, confusion and conflict cannot disturb. It is that in my life and has seen me through some tough times. The way to peace requires constant practice but it pays huge dividends.


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  • You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this
    topic to be actually something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complicated and very broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  • Hello optimum blender! I get so many spam comments on my blog that I have overlooked your legitimate one and neglected to write a reply to you.

    I see that you are with a fruit juice company, but you also do blending with Aikido, by the sounds of it.

    It’s okay if you don’t get what this article is talking about at the moment, but if you are doing proper Aikido practice you will surely have heard your Sensei talk about becoming one with your partner or moving when their Ki moves.

    If you proceed onto a level beyond your own mind and body to becoming one with the Universe, at least having glimpsed that state, then this article would mean more to you.

    The important thing is to keep practising – but it will be much easier if you have a coach who is on the path of the master and not only expertise in technique.

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