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Two Arts One Heart


The Art Of Peace
A i k i d o
井 戸 川 克 巳
Katsumi Idogawa

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WHY AIKIDO なぜ合氣道なのか

Martin Luther King Jr : "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." 合氣道の理念と重なり合って心に響きます。This mirrors the idea found in Aikido and resonates in my mind. 

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HOW TO Aikido Ikkyo


Aikido Online STAY SAFE STAY FIT #1 -Mar 25, 2020

Ikkyo / 一教

Probably seen as one of the simplest techniques, hence it is one of very important techniques making it more difficult to achieve. You must focus on staying connected to your partner's centre with your centre, otherwise it will be simply one of many Joint-techniques which hurts your partner. You can train with your left hand sword, alone, then the same with your right hand sword. And finally put them together. Let them work together. Remember to capture his/her centre of gravity and not focus on his/her hand sword alone. Both Uke and Tori start with pointing their hand swords at their partner’s toes and raise upwards to capture all of their partner’s energy when they do strike. おそらくもっともシンプルで、それゆえにもっとも奥深く、難しい技の一つでしょう。相手の中心をこちらの中心でとらえるという稽古をしないと、単に相手を痛めつける関節技になってしまう。左の手刀のみで捉える稽古、右の手刀のみで捉える稽古、そして両手刀がともに助け合い相手の重心に働きかける稽古をする。手刀を振りあげるときは 、受も取も相手の爪先から上へ相手のすべてを捉えるように振りあげる。

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HOW TO 護身 Self-Defence

Secret of Self-Defence can be found in Training to Win and Maintain Peace within Oneself

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Spirit / 気もち KiMoChi

“氣持ち” KiMoChi in English is ”Feeling”. But when you use as “氣持ちで負けない” KiMoChi De MaKeNaI, it is more like “Spirit” or “Heart”. In Aikido, it can be referred to as “氣” Ki. A person who does things with her(his) best spirit or heart has an advantage over someone who does things without it. Train Body with Spirit, then that Body brings Spirit up.

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Punch パンチ

Rules have a great influence on the outcome of martial arts and sports competitions. Athletes train and prepare according to the rules set by each competition. If the rules change, the winner could change. I think it is wonderful to develop and grow by competing within set rules. So, what are the rules in daily life? Laws are the foundation, but also, we have to construct rules in order to discipline ourselves. How should we deal with those who do not follow the rules? How should we deal with those who are trying to attack us? If I punch back and injured someone who was temporarily confused and trying to punch me, I would be subject to legal judgment, and above all, I would be obsessed with the feeling that I had lost my self control. We have to react to different situations in various ways to the person who is attacking us. What is a win and what is a loss for me? I am not so attracted to what is called winning anymore. I do not wish to create a loser with my hands, especially a loser capable of retaliation. I am simply happy if I do not lose. Even if I lose, I can learn from it. So, I do not lose, really. Aikido is a Budo that teaches me how to live a daily life with diversified rules. I would like to pursue the true meaning of winning, through the practice of Aikido.


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Solo Training 一人稽古

Wherever I Am, That Is My 道場 DoJo. Whatever I Do, That Is My 稽古 KeIKo. Aikido Is 武道 Budo To Train How To Live.


基本技 KiHoN-WaZa : Basic Technique Is Foundation Of Free Session

一人稽古 HiToRi-GeIKo : Solo Training Is Foundation Of Everything

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Yonkyo Application 四教応用 : Punch Kick Knife
四教 YoNKyo As Great Exercise For One Of Aikido Essentials : 梃子の利 TeKoNoRi / 3D LEVERAGE

Aikido Practice Is To Capture Other’s Essence By Own’s
Aikido Practice Is To Feel True Nature Of Universe
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APPLICATION : KoKyu-Ho In Sitting ​Position 座り技呼吸法応用

Because Of Limitation Of Body Movement By Sitting Down 座り技呼吸法 KoKyu-Ho In Sitting Position Is Great Exercise To Train Inner Mobility And Energy of Centre 中心 Located Below Navel. KoKyu-Ho Is Foundation Of Aikido Which Can Apply To Every Technique.

I have this image of my centre of gravity, located in my core (HaRa). There is a tiny sphere floating in my HaRa. That is like this tiny planet we live on, floating in an infinite Universe. That is where my energy comes from. That is where I can convert my physical and mental tension into positive energy. My focus of Aikido training is to train this centre, my spirit.
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合氣道無双 One and Only
比類ない - 主眼 - こわさず - 活かす - 相手を- 自身を - 探求するのは - 正勝 - 吾勝 - 感知する - 結ぶ - 導く - 合氣する 
Incomparable - Unique - Goal - Destroy Not - Revive - Opponent - And Self - Quest For - True Victory - Inner Self - Perception - Connection - Guide - In Harmony
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実戦技三教 Sankyo EFFECTIVE
三教は実戦に有効な技  ただ 最も大切な技は戦いを起こさないための技

SaNKyo Is An Effective Technique Yet The Most Important Technique Of All Is The Technique To Prevent Battle

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基本が極意 Secret Is In Basics


The Secret is in the Basic Techniques


The Practice Method of Basic Techniques in Aikido is the Gift from the Wisdom of our Pioneers


To be able to discover the Secret, we practice the Basic Techniques repeatedly


Then move forward from the Basic Techniques

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ひたすら回転投げ KaITeN NaGe
遠心力を活かした技回転投げ The Technique that Utilizes Centrifugal Force

The Goal Is To Practice
Being Able To Practice Is A Gift 

合 氣 道 稽 古 日 記

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O-Sensei : We are not practicing for the Victory, we are practicing the State of Victory. 
If you are a person who questions the true meaning of victory, try Aikido. If the quality of victory matters to you, try Aikido. 
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Dan holders are the bottom of this dojo and beginners are situated at the top of pyramid. I want practitioners who train longer years to become the foundation of our dojo.
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Sense my partner. Perceive the space that my partner and I share. Acknowledge the relationship with my partner.


Aikido Online STAY SAFE STAY FIT #3 -Apr 10, 2020

Kokyu / Breathing In Still Position

My Breathing Method based on Koichi Tohei Sensei’s Breathing Method -Stretch your back, drop your shoulders down and relax your whole body. Throw away your tension and stress into your centre (below your navel). -Close your eyes, open your mouth slightly, and begin to exhale from your centre through your mouth, while making a small "huuu" sound. *With the image that Ki / Energy radiates to every part of the body, and further to every part of the universe. At this time, your belly begins to indent. This is abdominal breathing. -When you have finished exhaling from your body taking 25 to 30 seconds, tilt your upper body slightly forward and exhale the last breath. -In the same posture, you begin to inhale quietly through your nose to your centre. At this time, the belly starts to expand. With the image of collecting energy from the surroundings, from nature and from the universe to your centre. *Imagine this planet is at the centre of the universe and you are sitting alone on it. -Let it take about 20 seconds. Then your upper body goes backwards to the posture when you started, breathe in the last breath. -Put your mind into your centre and relax for about 5 seconds. -Now again, begin to exhale. *Imagine collecting energy from the universe and the nature to your centre and sending it to every part of yourself.

籐平光一先生の呼吸法に基づく私の呼吸 -背筋を伸ばす、腹/自身の中心(臍の下)に心を静める。全身の力を抜く。とくに肩から力を抜き、静める。目を閉じ、口を軽く開き、「ハー」の音を小さく出しながら自身の中心から息を吐きはじめる。氣/エネルギーが身体の隅々へ、そして宇宙の隅々まで放射するようなイメージで。このとき腹がへこみはじめる腹式呼吸。25秒から30秒そのままの姿勢で身体中の息を吐きおわったら、上体を軽く前に倒して最後の息を吐ききる。そのままの姿勢で、こんどは鼻から静かに吸いはじめる。このとき腹が膨らみはじめる。自身の周囲から、自然界から、宇宙から、エネルギーを自身の中心に集めるイメージで。地球の上にひとり座して、宇宙の中心いるイメージで。これに20秒ほどかける。ここで上体を起こし最後の息を吸いきる。腹、自身の中心に心をしずめ5秒ほど保つ。そしてまた同様に、息を吐きはじめる。宇宙、自然界から自身の中心にエネルギーを集め、それを自身の隅々まで送りこむイメージで。

Kokyu / Breathing In Motion

Kokyu is one of the most important factors in Aikido. This term is used in Kokyu-Ho (Breathing Technique/Method), Kokyu-Ryoku (Breathing Power) and Kokyu-Nage (Breathing Throw) and more. In Japan, it is a broad and meaningful expression that goes beyond simply breathing or respiration. It is also an expression that is widely used in Budo (Martial arts), and beyond Budo, such as “Ah-Un No Kokyu” (Breathing of Ah-Un) -The harmonizing mentally and physically of two parties engaged in an activity-, and like “Iki No Atta Fufu” (Partners who have matching breathes) and so on. I believe that the practice of matching breaths is the foundation. If you can practice and learn to match your breath with your partner properly, you will be able to purposely mismatch your breath with your partner’s breath for your advantage. Practice to sense and engage with your partner’s breath, and then take your partner into your breath. For these who do not understand Aikido well, this practice may seem unreal. A teacher who was an inner disciple said that O-Sensei had said, "It has to look like it is unreal in the end.” When it comes to physical breathing, if you can sense the partner’s breathing, you will enter at the moment when the partner has finished exhaling. Unlike solo breathing method, you do not open your mouth when you exhale. Also, if you are shoulder breathing, your partner will be able to read this breathing, so it should be abdominal breathing. I once read that O-Sensei said, “Exhale while you are inhaling, inhale while you are exhaling. Inhale spherically.” I think this is necessary to eliminate weakness at the moment of inhaling. I think if we can train to cultivate the Kokyu power, which can generate power while inhaling, it will do. I think elements like, timing, rhythm, tempo and beat are all involved in Kokyu. It's like trying to feel music with no sound; where you can feel the signs on your skin and all senses you have. We need to practice incorporating the breaths of nature and the universe into our breaths. I believe that Kokyu is the key to open the mind to enlightenment in any field, such as martial arts, art and in everyday life.

呼吸(Kokyu)/動きの中での呼吸 呼吸法、呼吸力、呼吸投げなどに使われる“呼吸”は、合氣道においてとても重要な要素のひとつです。日本では、単に息をするという意味をこえて、広く、また意味深く使われる表現です。あうんの呼吸、呼吸(息)があったパートナーなど、武道の中で、またその域を超えて広く使われる表現です。 私は呼吸を合わせる稽古が基盤になると思っています。呼吸を合わせる稽古をしっかりして、身につけることができれば、呼吸をはずすということもできるようになる。相手の呼吸に合わせて入り、そして相手を自身の呼吸にとりくむ稽古。合氣道をよく理解していない人たちにとっては、この呼吸(息)を合わせる稽古は、嘘のように見えるかもしれない。大先生が、“嘘に見えるほどにならなくてはいけない”と言われたと内弟子だった先生が言っている。 息を吐く吸う、という呼吸に関していえば、相手の呼吸が読めるようになれば、相手が息を吐き切った時に入る。一人でする呼吸法と違い、口をあけて息を吐くということはしない。また、肩で息をしていてば、相手にこちらの呼吸を読まれてしまうので、腹式呼吸をする。大先生が言われた、“息を吸っている時に吐く、息を吐いている時に吸う、息をまるく吸う”というようなことも、息を吸っている時の弱さを無くすために必要な稽古なのだと思う。私は息を吸っている時も、吐いている時のように、しっかりと呼吸力が出せるようになればよいのではないか、と思っている。 呼吸には、タイミング、リズム、テンポ、ビートというものが大きく関わってくると思う。気配を皮膚で感じとる、五感で感じとる。あたかも、音のない音楽を感じとる、かのように。 自然の呼吸、天の呼吸、宇宙の呼吸というものを自身の呼吸の中に取り込めるような稽古をしなくてはならない。武道や芸術などすべての分野で、そして日常生活において、その極意開眼の鍵になるのは、この呼吸というものだろう思っている。

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Aikido practice is the embodiment of “How I want to deal with my problems”. Aikido practice is the embodiment of “How I want to live my life”.
合氣道の稽古は “どう問題に対処したいか“ということを具現化する方便だと思う。合氣道の稽古は “如何に生きたいか “ということを具現化する方便だと思う。

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How to practice the technique is more important than the technique itself in Aikido.

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Everyone has their own character and their own problems. We search for our own Aikido and wish to take advantage of our problems. 

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It can be stressful trying to fix others and make them move, but it feels great to fix myself, so we can better work together. 

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Aikido Online STAY SAFE STAY FIT #5

無 Mu (Nothingness)

I have had experiences while painting pictures, of time vanishing, and myself vanishing. And when I stepped back, I realized my work was completed. I find there is something special about work that has been completed in this way. It is like, the work was done by something which used me as the media. I think this notion is similar to Aikido’s philosophy of “Being one with the universe”. During free sessions of Aikido, we can have similar experiences when our bodies move naturally without thinking. If we have thoughts of making mistakes or try to show off, it will show in our moves. In order to experience Mu, I start off my practice with the idea that mistakes will be part of my performance and try to let myself go; a Dojo is the place to learn from mistakes. It is tricky to accomplish Mu because, if you are thinking about Mu, then you are no longer in the state of Mu. At first, I think that we must become one with the Aikido movement through plenty of Aikido practice. Then we may be able to move our body naturally, calm our mind down naturally, with Mushin (State of Nothing in Mind). I think we have no choice but to start by having consciousness of Mu. Tesshu Yamaoka, a master of Sword and Zen, was a person who dedicated his life to the quest for Mu. 本来無一物 (HonRaiMuIchiMotsu) is a Koan (Question or statement which is used in Zen) which Tesshu pursued. My interpretation of this Koan is, “We are born from Nothing (Mu), and return to Nothing, even our existence is Nothinig. If this is our reality, then we have nothing to lose. Even we have many attachments around us when we are alive, we should remember to just appreciate being alive at this moment”. Tesshu was a person who had no attachment to money or fame. He helped poverty-stricken people even if it meant he and his family had to eat the weeds around his house. The last Shogun of the Edo era, the Admiral of the Revolution against Shogun, the Emperor of the Meiji Restoration, the Yakuza boss, and the general citizen including homeless people; people who were involved in Tesshu’s life were all fascinated by him in many ways. Even in his later years, he woke up at 5 am and continued to practice Ken and Zen until 2 am the next morning. I am impressed by the fact a Sword Master like Tesshu Yamaoka spent his whole life training 活人剣 (KatsuJinKen), a Sword that revive people, without killing a single person for his entire life. Through the training of Sword and Zen, Tesshu faced and struggled with Mu, and finally went into a state of Muto (No Sword). The philosophy of Muto is “There is no sword other than my heart, I strike opponent’s heart with my heart regardless of my sword”. He then opened a Muto-Ryu dojo called 春風館 (ShunPuKan) where he practiced and taught. It was a dojo with intense training and life-threatening examination. Tesshu was a person who lived with Mu as the vessel which directed his life. Both Tesshu and Aikido's O-Sensei devoted their lives to be one with the universe, to be Mushin, and to purify their minds. Tesshu’s thoughts and the goal he pursued seem to be similar to those of Aikido. When I think about this quote, "Busido Towa Shinukoto To Mitsuketari (The Samurai code for living can be found in the way of dying)” in Hagakure (Book of Busido). Or the story of the Samurai writing his will every morning considering that day to be the last day of his life, I can see the connection between Mu and Shi (Death). You need to face Death to the fullest, in order to Live to the fullest. Likewise, it can be said about Mu. We need to face Mu to the fullest in order to win our potential to the fullest. I think that the state of Mu is a very strong state, as there is an unlimited capacity of acceptance. I think the state of Mu is where we are ready to accept everything around us, without having prejudice or stereotypes. If we can get closer to this mental state of Mu in our daily lives, we may be able to relieve stress and live a more peaceful life. I am sensitive to things around me and this effect my feelings, so I live by constantly reminding myself of Mu. Mu has a flexible power like water and air. “君子は和して同ぜず 小人は同じて和せず” (Kunshi Wa Washite Dozezu Shojin Wa Dozite Wasezu). I understand this Confucius saying as; Wise people can harmonize, yet not loosing their Center (Identity). Mediocre people can compromise while loosing their Centre, yet not be able to harmonize. Likewise, water and air can be matched to anything, yet they can still maintain being water and air. I think this flexible power of Mu will make the realization of Aikido's philosophy possible. Such as being able to harmonize with the other person, yet being able to maintain your centre (Identity). 

絵を描いているとき、時を忘れ、我を忘れて、そして氣がついたら絵が完成していた、という経験をすることがある。そうしてできた作品にはなにかがある。何かが私自身を媒体として、結実させたもの。それは合氣道の“宇宙と一体になる”という理念とつながるものがあるように思います。合氣道の自由技の稽古の中で、何も考えずに身体が自然に動いているときに、同じような体験をする。失敗をするのではないかとか、よく魅せようとか、という雑念があると、それなりの動きになってしまう。無ということを体験したいために私は、さあ気持ちよく失敗をしよう、という意識で稽古をはじます。そして自分を解き放したいと思っている。道場は失敗から学ぶところなのだから。 無の境地でありたい、と思っていれば、それでもう無ではないのだから骨がおれる。稽古を存分にするなかで、合気道の動きを自分のものにしなければならないのだろうと思います。そして身体が自然に動く、気持ちが自然に鎮まり、無心でいることができる、というようになりたいものです。まずは、無ということを意識する、というところからはじめていいのだと思う。 剣禅の達人、山岡鉄舟という人は、“無”ということの探求に、生涯を捧げた人です。彼が追求した”本来無一物”という公案を、私は、人は無から生まれ、無に帰る、生きている時も無ということが原点だ、そう思えれば、失うものは何もない。今生きているということ、それだけでありがたい、と解釈しています。 鉄舟は金欲、名声欲などのまったくない人で、自身は自宅周辺の雑草を食べながら、人の窮状を救うような人でした。江戸時代最後の将軍、それに敵対した維新革命の大将、維新後の天皇、やくざの親分から町人、家なしの乞食人、鉄舟に関わった人達はみな、いろいろな意味で彼に魅了された。晩年も朝5時に起きて、翌朝の2時頃まで剣禅の稽古をするという生活を続けていたそうです。 山岡鉄舟のような剣の達人が、生涯一人の人間も殺めず、その一生を活人剣(人を活かす剣)の修行のために費やしたことに感銘します。鉄舟は剣や禅の修行をとうして、無ということと向き合い、“心の外に刀なきなり、刀によらずして心をもって心を打つ“という無刀の境地にいたりました。そして春風館という無刀流の道場を開き、自ら稽古し、指導をしました。命がけの稽古をする道場だったそうです。無というものを人生の道標として生きた人です。 鉄舟も合氣道の大先生も、宇宙と一体になる、無心になる、そして自身を澄み切った常態にする、という修行に生涯を捧げた。鉄舟の思想、鉄舟のめざしたものは、合氣道のそれと共通したものだと思えます。 無という常態は、かぎりなく受け入れることのできる能力があるという、とても強い常態なのだと思います。無というものは、死というものと結びつくところがある。葉隠にある、“武士道とは死ぬことと見つけたり”や、その日を自身の命日と覚悟して、毎朝遺書を認める武士の習慣など、死というものにとことん向き合ったところからくる生命、今を悔いなく存分に生きるのだという考え方。それはとことん“無”というものを追求するところからくる“可能性”ということに通じる。 無という常態は、偏見も固定観念もなく、自分の周りにあるものすべてを受け入れる準備ができている、という常態なのだろうと思う。日常生活の中で、この無心という精神常態に少しでも近づくことができれば、ストレスを緩和して、より平穏な心で生きることができるようになるのではないでしょうか。私は気持ちが左右されやすい性格なので、いつもこの無ということを自分に言い聞かせながら生きています。 無は水や空気のような柔軟な力を持つ。“君子は和して同ぜず 小人は同じて和せず”のように、なにものにも合わせることができて、しかも、水や空気であることは変わらない。無のもつ柔軟の可能性は、相手に合わせることができて、しかも自身の中心は揺るがないという合氣道の理念の実現を可能にするものだと思います。

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The movement comes from my centre, working with and alongside my partner’s centre.


Aikido Online STAY SAFE STAY FIT #2 -Mar 31, 2020

Chushin (中心) 

Practice to cultivate your own centre (belly). Practice to feel the partner’s centre. Without these, Aikido would be just one of many martial arts, I don't think I would have continued practice this long and wish to continue until I die. I remember one renowned Japanese painter Togyu Okumura said in his later years, “Whether the artwork has a navel or not. That is the question.” I think the same can be said in any field.
自身の腹(中心)をつくるための稽古。相手の中心を感じとる稽古。合氣道にそれがなかったら、ただの格闘技になってしまう。私もこんなにながく続けてこなかっただろうし、死ぬまで続けていきたいとも思っていないと思います。著名な日本画家奥村土牛が晩年, その絵に臍があるかないか。それが問題だ。と言ったのを思い出します。どの分野でも同じことが言えるのだと思います。

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The Sword of Aikido is KatsujinKen (KatsuninKen).


The sword that revives instead of kill. Sharpen your sword to its limit, then it stays in your Saya (Scabbard).


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When I am “Uke”, I try to get on the ride that “Tori” takes me on. 
“受け” をとる 時は “乗る” ということを心掛けます。

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I think the most important part of practice is to create a Saya (Scabbard) that can absolutely hold a sword that is sharpened to its limit. 

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I admire someone who trains sincerely more than who knows the techniques.

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”Uke” that develops techniques, “Uke” that brings up people.

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Once my black belt was fading to white, I found myself. I am now where I began. I practice in where it is not black nor white.

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We are not practicing to hit someone, we are not practicing to cut someone, we are practicing to realize that and move forward.
人を殴るために稽古をしているのではない、人を切るために稽古をしているのではない、そのことを理解するために, そしてその先に進むために稽古をしているのだ。

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Martin Luther King Jr : "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." This mirrors the idea found in Aikido and resonates in my mind.

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I am literally surviving day by day with Aikido. Aikido is truly a Martial Art and an Art of Self-Defense for me.

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“君子は和して同ぜず 小人は同じて和せず” (Kunshi Wa Washite Dozezu Shojin Wa Dozite Wasezu). I understand this Confucius saying as; Wise people can harmonize, yet not loosing their Center (Identity) Mediocre people can compromise while loosing their Centre, yet not be able to harmonize. Water and air can be matched to anything, yet they can still maintain being water and air.
“君子は和して同ぜず 小人は同じて和せず” のように、水や空気はなにものにも合わせることができて、しかも、水や空気であることは変わらない。

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UKE and TORI practice to polish each other to bring both up to next stage together. 
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Technique of Rock, Technique of Water, Technique of Air. Now I want to work on the Technique of Air.

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Yokomen 2

Solid Body, Water Body, Air Body. Water can crush Rocks in pieces or go around and hold them in, yet both live in Atmosphere.

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Try not to lose the spirit to entre the unknown area even if I need to seek with my hands.
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Ha Jo

Sense my partner. Perceive the space that my partner and I share. Acknowledge the relationship with my partner.

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I think that it is important to correct posture by Aikido practice. “Shisei Wo Tadasu” signifies both Physical posture and Mental posture.
合気道の稽古によって心身ともに“姿勢を正す(Shisei Wo Tadasu) ”ということが大切だと思います。 

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Kyoyu Kyutai 

Share a spherical space with my partner and work on this space. The shape of this space is transient freely.

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Naka e

We can call it “Harmony” when I and my partner can express ourselves while maintaining our foundations. If we don’t step forward and step into each other, it will be a compromise.

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Jo No Ri

Make it work with Wave Effect, Whip Effect, Spiral Effect, Lever Effect, and Wedge Effect.

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Leverage the advantage of Lever. Respect the contact point as a Fulcrum and work with your centre as an Effort (the Power Point), with the centre of the opponent as a Load (the Point of Application).

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I do not want to spend my life time in training to break opponents. I do not want to make an effort to acquire skills to hurt other people. I do not want to cultivate such conditioned reflexes. I want to keep my instincts in peace. Hence Aikido for me.

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Tesshu Yamaoka’s 20 Kun / Nijukkun
20 rules made by Tesshu for himself when he was 15 years old

1. I must not lie.

2. I must always remember the support received from my master.

3. I must remember the love received from my parents.

4. I must remember the valuable education from my teachers.

5. I must remember the kindness and help that I received from others.

6. I must show my respect to my elders and all the gods.

7. I must not make light of my juniors.

8. I must not ask others to do something that I do not feel good to do myself.

9. Getting angry means, I am not following the right path.

10. I must never be pleased with the misfortune of others.

11. I must do my best to follow the right path as far as my power goes.

12. I must not do things which benefit only myself without considering others.

13. I must remember the hard labor of the farmers when I eat. I must not waste anything even if it is all vegetation and debris.

14. I should know people who worry about only their looks and wear excessively fancy clothes have cloudy minds.

15. I must never disregard proper etiquette.

16. I must treat anyone at anytime as if they are all my guests.

17. I must ask anyone to teach me about the things I do not know.

18. I must not study subjects, or practice martial arts to gain fame and wealth.

19. I must not disregard or laugh unconditionally at someone for her/his shortcomings. Every person has ability and inability.

20. I must not show off proudly my good deeds to others. I must act only in a way that I will not be ashamed of myself.

山岡鉄舟二十訓 (鉄舟が15才のときに、自身を律するために書き記した)





五、 人の御恩を忘るべからず

六、 神仏並びに長者を粗末にすべからず

七、 幼者をあなどるべからず

八、 己れに心よからざること他人に求むべからず

九、 腹を立つるは道にあらず

十、 何事も不幸を喜ぶべからず



十三、食するたびに稼しょくの艱難を思うべし すべて草木土石にても粗 末にすべからず

十四、ことさらに着物をかざり あるいはうわべだけをつくろうものは心   に濁りあるものと心得べし





十九、人にはすべて能、不能あり いちがいに人をすて或は笑うべからず

二十、己れの善行を誇り顔に人に知らし むべからず すべて我が心に恥ざるに務むるべし

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Recently, someone who has a great “Uke” ability gets my attention more than "Nage" who throws "Uke" well.

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Aikido Online STAY SAFE STAY FIT #4 -Apr 17, 2020

結び Musubi (Connection/Unification)

Musubi brings special significance to Aikido. Just beating someone up is not what Aikido is about. Just cutting someone off is not what Aikido is about. Aikido is attractive for me because its goal is to do Musubi and to Guide (Michibiku). I want to cultivate this feeling of Musubi in my daily life not just in the dojo. I see some people can do Musubi naturally. We are happy to connect with people who have great human character. For me, children are masters of Musubi. I believe that improving our character and our humanity leads to an improvement in our Musubi ability. Instead of grabbing with force to connect, harmonize and do Musubi with the movement coming from your partner’s centre, into your centre. By keeping that balance between you and your partner, you can capture your partner. Then incorporate your partner into your own movement. Since your partner’s heart (mind) is moving your partner’s body, you can move your partner’s body by working on your partner’s heart (centre). It is even better if your partner feels that she/he is moving rather than being moved. In order to do Musubi, it is important that your body and mind are as flexible as water or air. And you want to create a state of Mu (Nothingness) that is ready to accept the partner. Then sense the partner with all your senses. If you can make yourself into a state of Mu, you can perceive your partner. And if you can sense what your partner’s state is, you know when you can enter. What your partner wants. What your partner wants you to do. What your partner does not want you to do. If you can sense these, the initiative is in your hands. Rather than deny the partner; accept, connect, and guide. This is the best charm of Aikido. It can be very frustrating for many and it takes a long time for many to realize this. I was one of them. I think that the only way to get the feeling of Mu and the feeling of Musubi is to live and practice with that in mind. In order to do Musubi with people, I think we must first do Musubi with nature and with the universe. To recognize oneself in the providence of the universe and confirm the might of natural movement. This is what Aikido is about.
合氣道に格別な存在意義をもたらすもの。ただ殴り倒してよしとせず。ただ切り捨ててよしとしない。結んで導くことを達成目標とするところに合気道の魅力がある。 結ぶという感覚は、道場のなかだけでなく、日々の生活の中でこそ養いたい感覚です。結ぶということを、自然にできる人がいる。人間的に魅力的な人とは、こちらから進んで結びたい気持ちになる。私にとって子供たちは結びの達人です。人格、人間性を磨くことが、結び能力の向上につながるのだと信じています。 力でつかんで無理強いをして結ぶのではなく、相手の中心からくる動きにこちらの中心で合わせて結び、そのバランスを保つことで相手をとらえ、そして自身の動きにとりこむ。相手の心が相手の身体を動かしているのだから、相手の心(中心)と結ぶ。そして相手の心を動かすことができれば、相手の身体を動かせる。相手が、動かされているというより、自発的に動いている、というように感じるのが望ましい。 結びをするためには、自身の体と心が、水や空気のように柔軟であることが大切です。そして相手を受け入れる準備ができている“無“の常態をつくらなければならない。そしてもっているすべての感覚で相手を感じとる。 相手が何をしたいのか、こちらに何をして欲しいのか、何をして欲しくないのか。それを感じとることができれば、主導権はこちらの手の内にある。相手を否定するのではなく、受け入れて結び、そして導く。そこに合気道の魅力がある。多くの人にとって、このことを理解するのに時間がかかり、忍耐が要求される。私もその一人でした。 無ということを、そして結ぶという感覚をつかむには、そのことをいつも念頭において生活し、稽古する、ということしかないのだと思う。 人と結ぶということをするためには、まず、自然と結ぶ、宇宙と結ぶ、ということをしなくてはならないのだと思います。宇宙の摂理のなかにある自身を認識して、自然であることのつよさを確認すること。そのために合氣道がある。

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I am grateful Aikido found me. I am grateful Aikido brought these people to me.
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Recognition and Acceptance, these are the Key Elements of Aikido. Recognition and Acceptance start from the Observation of inner myself.
認識すること、受け入れること、これらは合気道の基盤になると思います。 認識と受け入れは、まず自分自身への内なる観察から始まりまると思います。

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My problem is not my excuse, it is an opportunity to develop myself for the next stage.

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Once you trained to acquire deadly strikes, it is time to learn how to not use them. We should learn both at the same time in Aikido.

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Goshin / Knife Choke 

I believe the Secret of Self-Defence can be found in training to win and maintain Peace within oneself.

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Ichi / 1st Principle

Let us go back to the basics. Let us try to find the core meaning of the technique and not neglect our efforts to allow Aikido to enlighten our minds. I must not forget the wisdom of Japanese tradition of finding beauty and truth in simplicity.

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31 Jo

Daughter and Father communicate with 31 Jo exercise. Aikido for Unity. Aikido for Humanity.

*First 1 to 4 : Kaeshi Tsuki with regular Jo

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