“In a combat situation one obviously does not have much time to analyze a risk, so it pays to become familiar with the process of dealing with risk. When one considers some common risks we can see a correlation between the amount we risk, and the probability of it happening. Then tendency is that by risking more, the probability of that risk occurring is reduced.”
“With so many prestigious Aikido masters, there surrounding Doshu, some which I knew by photos and films, I could understand clearly that the Aikikai is not just an organization created to teach a martial arts of way of life, but it is also the center of a big international family where one can find friendship, union, commitment and harmony between the members and I felt very proud and happy to be part of it.”
The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
Returning to the original subject, Morihei, thinking he had something to learn from the Omoto religion, moved to Ayabe with his entire family. They settled down in a house surrounded by a bamboo thicket and the base of Mt. Hongu. This was a lonely place where foxes and raccoons were often seen in those days. Turning left from there around the base of Mt. Hongu was the Omoto headquarters.
The article below whose authorship is attributed to Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.
The authentic core of Japanese bujutsu must remain in its progressiveness. The Universe is continually advancing and in that same truth bujutsu must also move forward. Advancing is always a safe course but if you retreat you will be cut by the enemy. Therefore, we see that Japanese budo is performed through advancing and unifying all things into Goodness. Bujutsu must be in accordance with the rotation of the heavens and the earth. The human body is a miniature universe, a small version of the cosmos. If you want to train in bujutsu unify your spirit. The body is trained according to the “Way” exactly as the spirit thinks and so we are able to unify the body as well.
This may come as a surprise but Morihei Ueshiba never, “Did Aikido.” What he did “do” was to synchretise everything available, all Budo, to efficient action, the ergonomics of combat interaction, if you will. And to act appropriately for any given moment, no two moments being the same.
That he named this, “Aikido” following several other labels, takes nothing away from the sheer genius of his approach.
If we are going to do something, let’s do it well by taking away the forcing, the clumsiness and inefficient movement. This requires clarity. A great deal of it.
“I was uchideshi this year again for one month (tooooo short) and had the opportunity to learn Battojutsu directly from [Hitohiro Saito] Sensei. First, Sensei handed us the Iaito (the Tanrenkan has several) and told me, as the highest grade present, to practice suburi, and kumitachi. Since I did not know anything about it, I had to depend on Kasper (an excellent long time sotodeshi), and another day on Yasuhiro Saito, to teach me the Sekiguchi Ryu. About a week later, Sensei taught us directly with many details. It was a wonderful class. Sekiguchi Ryu is a ryu originally from Wakayama (O’Sensei’s country). It is a vigorous style with lots of kiai. We also practiced with live blades using some excellent swords that Sensei has.
One site where you can have a look at this Battojutsu style is located here.
It seems that Sensei has had a long connection with this style.”
Tristão da Cunha from Portugal
On June 12th, Hiroshi Isoyama Shihan will be visiting Southlake, Texas where he will be the leading instructor at an Aikido seminar. Isoyama Shihan currently holds an 8th Dan within the Aikikai and is the Chief Instructor at the Ibaraki Shibu Dojo in Iwama, Japan on behalf of Ueshiba Moriteru Doshu.
Isoyama Shihan started his career in Aikido at the age of 12 as a student of Ueshiba Morihei O-Sensei, the founder of Aikido. During his long career in the martial arts, Isoyama Shihan has been the Chief Instructor of Defensive Tactics for the Japan Self Defense Force Academy, and has been an instructor to the U.S. Army on self defense tactics. Some of his first students were members of the American Military Police, and eventually included amongst others, Steven Seagal Sensei, as well as members of Japan’s armed forces.
For more information about this event please visit www.isoyamaseminar.com.