“Here are a list of shihonage （四方投げ） concepts that have helped me a lot. Please note that I am not claiming that any are the One True Way. Rather, this is my understanding at this moment. My understanding is subject to regular, painful (to me), evolution. As such, when next I write about Shihonage I may hold the belief that it can only be performed under the influence of grass hula-skirts and coconut shells.”
Archives for February 2011
The interview below with Noriaki (Yoichiro) Inoue, nephew of 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.
It is difficult to enter my dojo to practice because our office head is quite strict. However since I heard that you telephoned me so many times I felt sorry for you. I heard that you have been living in Japan for years publishing news about aikido and making great efforts. Therefore I thought I would see you once and have a relaxed conversation and tell you some things frankly. This is why we had you come here. Excuse me! (Laughter) Please forgive us. That’s the kind of person I am. I hate putting on airs or telling lies. If someone lies they are sure to be caught
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.
Morihei Ueshiba described his enlightenment experiences and spiritual understandings in a book called Takemusu Aiki. This work, based on a series of lectures by the founder of aikido edited and compiled by Hideo Takahashi, is an invaluable document for those seeking an understanding of the deeper meaning of the art. In this interview, Mr. Takahashi talks about takemusu aiki and his spiritual master, Masahisa Goi, the founder of the Byakko Shinko Kai and a close friend of Morihei Ueshiba:
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We have another excellent offer for you with this week’s special. The first item is a DVD by Menkyo Kaiden Katsuyuki Kondo titled “Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Ikkajo I.” This video provides an authoritative introduction and instruction in Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, the jujutsu art that provided the basis for the majority of of aikido’s techniques. Daito-ryu was one of the most important budo of 20th century Japan and left an indelible mark on modern aikido. The second product you get as a bonus is my book entitled “Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters.” This is the first book to explore the life of Sokaku Takeda, the history of his art, and the techniques practiced in Daito-ryu today.
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Aikido practitioners and instructors alike will derive great benefit from a study of these materials on Daito-ryu. Don’t wonder any more about the source of aikido techniques. Katsuyuki Kondo is an outstanding teacher who will explain in great detail the martial nature and intricacies of the techniques of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. Understand your martial lineage and expand your horizons as a martial artist!
“Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Ikkajo I” is the perfect introduction to Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu for beginners and experienced martial artists alike. Expertly demonstrated by Soke Dairi Katsuyuki Kondo, this DVD covers the tachiai ikkajo techniques of the Hiden Mokuroku transmission scrolls of the formerly secret Daito-ryu school. Kondo Sensei’s detailed explanations have been translated into English for full access to an international audience.
The book titled, Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters consists of a series of interviews with the leading Daito-ryu masters including Sokaku Takeda’s son Tokimune Takeda, Yukiyoshi Sagawa, Kodo Horikawa’s wife, Yusuke Inoue, Takuma Hisa, Keisuke Sato, Katsuyuki Kondo, Hakaru Mori and Seigo Okamoto. Also, featured is a rare newspaper article from 1930 that describes that activities of Sokaku in his prime while he was still associating with Morihei Ueshiba.
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We are proud to offer the first publicly available DVD featuring famous Aikikai Hombu Dojo instructor, Seigo Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi Sensei was one of the most important of the first generation of aikido instructors of the postwar era. He taught at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo for several decades until his passing in 1996. Now nearly a legend, Yamaguchi Sensei influenced several generations of practitioners within the Aikikai system during his career including many of today’s senior instructors of the Headquarters school.
“Dead with the illusion of “honour,” or actually living an honorable
and respectful life doing useful and constructive things instead.”
There is no rank. Merit is as merit does. Respect is a mutual thing otherwise its just an act. Skill levels do not arise from the colour of a belt, a hakama, a lineage or other names to be dropped or a certificate.
Real and actual skill is its own reward. A badge, name dropping and other devices denote insecurity and doubt about one’s own real skill level. In the field of battle, the warrior does not look for your signs of rank but for openings. If you have them he will utilize them. Despite all the tinsel accolades you will die.
If you stop training, as the certificates and medals gathers dust, you will get fat, lazy, soft, uncoordinated and you will forget. And die more slowly but nevertheless, die.
I suppose it depends on where your sense of values lie. Dead with the illusion of “honour,” or actually living an honorable and respectful life doing useful and constructive things instead.
Skill arises from dedication to regular and sincerely attentive practice and living a constructively useful and productive life. There is no glory whatsoever in being a pawn for madmen and dying young for nothing. None whatsoever. And that’s one lesson when learn the hard way does not beget any useful and practical wisdom, except for perhaps the onlooker.
Skill arises from meeting demands in a balanced and skilled manner. If you don’t use it you lose it, and a little bit of something is better than all of nothing. Do what you can. That’s all a human being can do. Trying to do what you can’t is a waste of time, but setting it as goal and adding regular manageable installments is a gold mine of transformational potential which unleashes slowly and surely.