The five principles of water

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Sato Issai Sensei (1772-1859) was the head teacher at the High Academy of Confucianism Studies. He taught and educated Japanese leaders, and even wrote a few books considered compulsory books for a leader. Issai Sensei counts the five principles of water: Water moves – thus moving other things. Water always looks for a way to […]

If those who are near…

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Translated from Hebrew by: Guy Tutka During our last visit to Japan, In one of the lessons, Suganuma Sensei said that on his first visit to Israel, he happened to look into my office, and was surprised to see that above my desk hung a Japanese sentence, in my handwriting, saying, 近き者説べば遠き者来らん. Translated into English […]

Suganuma Sensei’s instructor’s notebook 6

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Suganuma Sensei wrote in his notebook: At the end of keiko (practice) while practicing Kokyuho, my partner told me: "Sensei, your body is like a rock". I, who came to practice with the intention to practice softly like my favorite Sumo wrestler – was in shock! I still have a long way to go… When […]

Suganuma Sensei’s instructor’s notebook 4

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"During season changes, many people complain of bad physical condition. Proper health management is part of “self-defense”. (page 79 in the book by Suganuma Morito Sensei) what do you think of these sentences? Comments are most welcome!

Suganuma Sensei’s instructor’s notebook 3

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“An Aikido practice that builds the partner. An Aikido practice that crashes the partner. An Aikido practice in which both the partner and me become alive.” What kind of Aikido practice do you prefer?

Suganuma Sensei’s instructor’s notebook 2

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“Until a few days ago we were all saying “it’s hot, it’s hot” and suddenly it became cold. I do not cease to marvell the wisdom in which nature evolves. I believe man also has 4 seasons. Practice Aikido that is suitable to the season!” How do you uderstand these sentences?

"Zan Shin" – Technique completion with continuous attention

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It is said that the last part in any Aikido technique is very important. It is essential to complete every technique in a state of awareness and continuous attention to any counter attack. This idea is called in Japanese "Zan Shin" or "Continuous attention". In Aikido, many trainees tend to loosen their attention at the […]

Falling Down Correctly

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Falling down is part of our everyday life. People lose their balance all the time, not only in Aikido practice: It may happen while walking in the street, riding a bicycle and everywhere. Instead of being afraid of falling, in place of the "falling" being "a scary incident", "the end of the word", one can […]

Light Up Your Feet

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"Light up your feet" – this proverb appears at the entrance of some Zen temples. What is the meaning of this proverb? Put your shoes in a neat and orderly manner when you enter the Dojo. The shoes should be placed facing out. During class: pay attention to one's feet work: The feet must keep […]

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