Recommended reading: “Interview with Nobuyoshi Tamura (1)” by Stanley Pranin

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I am sure that there are people who remember that the former Hombu Dojo was a large, old wooden building attached to Ueshiba Sensei’s residence. In the front alcove there was a hanging scroll of a dragon which had been painted using O-Sensei as a model. To the right of the scroll, bokken, jo, wooden rifles (Juken) and training sticks were displayed in a row. There were strips of wood bearing the names of persons holding black belt ranks hanging proudly together one against the other on the right upper wall. On the left wall there was a large sheet of paper on which the dojo rules were skillfully brushed as if fiercely glaring at us.

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  1. Brett Jackson says:

    The fascinating part: “Since aikido is based on the assumption that the mind and body are one, if you can perform correct aikido techniques, your mind will go along with the body. On the other hand, if your mind doesn’t function in an Aiki way, it means that you will not be able to perform true techniques. I think it is true that one is capable of understanding the spirit of O-Sensei little by little through daily practice.”

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