Ceremonia por el 5º aniversario de la muerte de Minoru Mochizuki Sensei en Shizuoka

Los restos mortales de Mochizuki Sensei fueron trasladados a Japón el pasado abril y enterrados en el panteón familiar en su ciudad natal de Shizuoka el 25 de mayo de 2008, siguiendo los deseos del Maestro.

La ceremonia, a la que atendieron familiares y estudiantes, fue seguida de la ceremonia ritual por el quinto aniversario del fallecimiento del Maestro en el Hotel Nakajimaya en Shizuoka.

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Aikido y Kotodama

Aquí podemos ver un vídeo de John Stevens Sensei mostrando el kotodama asociado al Aikido. El vídeo fue grabado durante el Classical Aikido Shugyo anual en Maastricht en 2006.

Es una de esas raras ocasiones en las la mayoría de nosotros puede ver este tipo de práctica.

James Williams – Martial Arts from my perspective

Publicado originalmente en e-budo.

Gentlemen,

Please excuse my delay in replying to the thread that was on this forum. I was heavily tasked in Japan and behind on a number of things when I returned CONUS on Sunday.

It appears that my view of martial arts is from a very different perspective than some on this forum. I study Samurai bujutsu as an art of war. Training in the sword is the foundation of this training and I train with the sword, with the full intention of prevailing in an edged weapon engagement. This is a classical perspective. As kenjutsu is the omote so then is jujutsu the ura. As this is the case all empty hand and small weapon techniques are done exactly the same way as the kenjutsu. Striking, locking, throwing, even strangulation techniques come directly from kenjutsu and this is easily recognized when observing the technique. I do not believe, and have not seen demonstrated by anyone, that it is possible to study Samurai bujutsu from a different perspective and fully understand and make practically functional the Samurai military arts that they evolved over centuries.

The mindset of martial arts in Japan has changed a great deal from those of their Samurai ancestors. This change in mindset and technique is readily visible, with a few notable exceptions, in modern Japanese dojo. This change of mindset and technique is even expressed in the Japanese constitution.

Mars was the God of war. The Martial Arts were originally arts of War. This is not the case in 99% of what is now called “Martial arts”. War is about killing people and breaking things, art is the ability to do this to your opponent without having them do that to you. We use the broad term Martial arts for a number of different practices that have some relationship to what were once arts studied for War. Self Defense, sport based competition, controlled environment sport fighting (UFC etc.), exercise and esoteric practice all make up what we call Martial Arts today. These are obviously very different practices and take a different set of skills and mindset. There is some crossover however none of these are arts of War.

Most marital arts still have some method for gaining actual physical competency. This involves some physical contesting at the very least. To think that you could challenge or disparage someone’s art or ability and then become self-righteous about proving your ability in some form or another is a relatively recent phenomenon and has gained a large following on the internet. For lack of a better term when referring to those who study what we call Japanese Sword Arts we could deem these Cyber Samurai. They are willing to engage in words written in cyber space but not willing to prove any real knowledge and ability. In martial arts ability is knowledge. If you can’t do it you don’t know it. This is not the Debate Team at your local high school.

Mars was the God of war. The Martial Arts were originally arts of War. This is not the case in 99% of what is now called “Martial arts”. War is about killing people and breaking things, art is the ability to do this to your opponent without having them do that to you.

I notice that there is a bit of a following from what we call Brazilian Jujutsu on this forum. I have known the Gracie’s since the 1980’s when no one knew who they were. Rorion Gracie’s method of convincing people that his art worked was to get on the mat and go at it. There was a bit of pain involved and depending upon your self-view perhaps some embarrassment. However if you really want to know what you can do you have to do it. In the early days there where any number of dojo encounters of various degrees of force applied as there is only one way to truly prove your art and ability. I cannot count the number of times over my almost 5 decades in the Marital Arts where I have proved my ability or at times was shown that perhaps there was more for me to learn. These lessons given or learned came with some degree or another of physical pain and sometimes injury. I do not understand the current mindset that when a person would be asked to prove their ability by some method or another when calling someone’s honor into question they respond with indignation and avoid any real demonstration of their ability. Perhaps it is that if you do not have honor, and therefore the potential for shame, that you just don’t understand that you are a Cyber Samurai. Your ability to post, quote, or feel self righteous gives you the feeling that you have a “right” to express your opinion with no consequence. This of course removes the foundations of courtesy and respect. It becomes about how you “feel”.

When the real world hits you the training and mindset that you get in your dojo and the internet will not have prepared you for how fast and ugly things can go sideways. When you are in a dark alley late at night, and you feel the bite and burn of sharp steel on your body you realize that you could die in this place it had better fire your blood as the sharp piece of steel in your hand, and it’s immediate and violent use, may be the only thing that gets you home. This is not your warm fuzzy dojo, or in a protected and controlled environment like UFC. There will be no tapping out here and right and wrong will be very clearly defined.

In the Western world especially there are a majority of people who are protected by our Samurai, those who serve. These warriors still have the need to study arts of War. I am honored to work with a number of our Special Operations units in just this type of endeavor. The responsibility that comes with teaching men of this caliber, ability, and mission is immense. People may live or die with what you teach them. If you have seen men die violently. If you have buried fallen comrades, if you have delivered the message of their death to their loved ones after they have been killed in combat action, and had to tell them how the Secretary of the Army wishes to express his regrets, you know what an enormous responsibility this teaching is. Nothing in your life is so satisfying as having someone that you trained return from battle and tell you that something that you taught them saved their life or the life of one of their comrades in arms. I have sons, I know the look on a parents face when they are told, by me, that their son will not be returning to them. I do not want someone to have to tell the wife, or parents of someone I trained about the Secretary of the Army’s regrets.

What this means for me is that everything I do, know, study, and train for must be the best and most functional strategy, mindset, and technique that it can possibly be. Nothing can be ‘made up”, you have to know it will work and the best thing is to have personal knowledge that it will in fact work and work better than your enemies. To think that the vast storehouse of knowledge that our ancestors gained from warrior societies is no longer viable in modern combat is a big mistake. Samurai warrior culture has an enormous number of hidden treasures that are valuable in the modern warfare environment. I have gotten extremely positive AARs from my guys who have used this strategy and techniques in battle.

I have either a sword or a gun in my hand most days. My primary job is training and teaching Martial Arts. I use the knowledge and techniques that I have learned from classical Samurai bujutsu when teaching Close Quarters Battle. I have been extremely fortunate in having some exceptional teachers including Kuroda Tetsuzan, with whom I currently train, who is a truly phenomenal swordsman. If you want to know what Nami ryu is and what it’s roots are you can go to my Nami ryu website and read about it. It is public knowledge and demonstrated in public forums many times every year. If you attend the Atlanta Blade show, or other demo’s, you will be able to ask questions and see specific techniques or solutions. There is no false or hidden agenda and our dojo is always open. If you wish to visit and observe, you are welcome.

If anyone has specific questions please feel free to ask. I cannot or will not answer everything, specific units trained, or some of the things that I have done however most questions I will happily answer.

Much of this was composed in my mind late at night at the Sensoji after it was closed. I was sitting in the dark reflecting on many things including the contrast between this old temple and the surrounding city. It reflects in many ways the change and contrast in the Japanese mindset and martial arts as well. I have a great respect for the ancient ways and methods of the Samurai. They are however not at all common here even in dojo teaching JSA. There are some magnificent exceptions however in my experience they are not popular or common. My personal opinion is that the interest of gaijin has actually brought attention to some of these arts by the Japanese who are beginning to realize the value of some of their historical treasures.

Sincerely,

James Williams

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La vergüenza del Aikiforum

Los hecho son los que expongo en el correo electrónico que envié a Víctor Gutierrez Navarro, gestor del foro regional de Valencia (conocido paradójicamente por Aikiforum).

La historia del porqué publico aquí este mail es la siguiente. Envié el mail a la dirección pública que consta en su perfil (y que se puede ver más abajo), pero me fue devuelto como spam. No hace falta ser un lince para ver que me tiene listado como spammer en el servidor de correo de aikiforum.com. Al serme devuelto lo volví a mandar a su dirección de email pública de aikidovalencia.com, de donde nunca he obtenido respuesta, haciendo de nuevo pública y notoria la calaña de este individuo que no atiende a razones ni al diálogo.

No acaba ahí la azarosa historia de este mail, pues como digo en él, lo mandé a un amigo para que lo publicara en el foro. Se publicó y el administrador del foro, el mismo Sr. Gutierrez Navarro, no tardó ni una hora en eliminar el post… ¡ni en banear al usuario que lo publicó!

Como no queda ninguna otra manera de hacer esto público, lo publico aquí de nuevo con la sana esperanza de que quien lo quiera leer que lo lea. Sin la censura a la que nos tiene acostumbrados el Sr. Gutierrez Navarro y su foro regional.

From: Alejandro Villanueva
Date: 2008/5/8
Subject: Carta al usuario Vikutoru del foro regional de Valencia.
To: vikutoru@aikiforum.com

Estimado Sr. Gutierrez:

Dado que me es imposible plantear mis dudas e inquietudes en el foro regional de Valencia que Vd. regenta, me veo en la obligación de enviar este mail a su correo personal.

El tema que nos ocupa es el post sobre la identidad del usuario GI. Sepa Vd. que como coletilla a un post en el Aikiforo España sobre lengua japonesa, escribí que no se debería confundir “gi” (con significado de “ropa o prenda de vestir”) con el usuario GI del foro de su regencia, que dicen que el Luís Mochón, de Granada. Inmediatamente se registran en su foro alumnos del Maestro Mochón (a quién no tengo ni el gusto de conocer ni la necesidad de difamar) y tanto ellos como Vd. mismo, seguidos de cerca del usuario y moderador Miska ponen el grito en el cielo diciendo sinsentidos sobre una supuesta “difamación”.

Con esto quedan claras varias cosas. La primera es que estar asociado al usuario “GI” es motivo de repulsa por los usuarios de su foro, hasta el punto de que si se dice de alguien que es “GI” entonces automáticamente es que se le está “difamando”.

La segunda conclusión que se desprende es que Vd. y su equipo de moderación ha permitido comentarios muy salidos de tono de los alumnos de Luís Mochón, a quienes no me une ningún lazo de amistad o enemistad previa, mientras que a otros usuarios se les ha llamado la atención y se les va a expulsar temporalmente del foro. Esto es también habitual en su línea de moderación, pero no importa porque ya es hecho de todos y de sobra conocido.

La tercera es que Vd. y su equipo no toleran que se publique este tipo de información privada sin el consentimiento de la parte implicada, hablando incluso de un delito tipificado en el código penal (sic). Esta actitud se puede tildar cuando menos de curiosa, ya que Vd. mismo junto con otros usuarios han venido insistiendo de manera no ya sólo implícita sino explícita que el usuario “nekonote” es Alejandro Villanueva, de Zaragoza, al identificarle con el usuario “Flintstone”, que como Vd. bien creo que sabe no es más que quien estas líneas escribe. Por ello, y por la decencia que le pueda a Vd. quedar, le pido muy encarecidamente se sirva a pedir disculpas públicamente en un hilo abierto al efecto, o de la manera pública que Vd. estime conveniente.

La cuarta es la sorpresa ante la anunciada decisión del inminente borrado del tema sobre la identidad del usuario “GI”. Las propias normas del foro, a las que Vd. y su equipo de moderación se deben ya que siguen publicando en él, dicen que no se puede borrar nada de lo escrito. Incluso Vd. ha manifestado en alguna ocasión que “lo escrito, escrito queda para vergüenza de quien lo escriba”. Bien, proceda como le dicten sus escrúpulos, pero entonces le rogaría que procediera también a eliminar todas mis participaciones en su foro, así como toda referencia a mi persona o a mis entradas. Tenga en cuenta que esta norma no existe en el Aikiforo España, por lo que he rectificado mi entrada en este foro para evitar mencionar a Luís Mochón a sugerencia de mi amigo y moderador de este foro, Sr. Navarro, de 5º dan e igualmente graduado criterio. Entienda Vd. que en ningún modo se ha “censurado” mi participación ni la del resto de usuarios que habían intervenido en el hilo y tome, si en algo valora su entereza, buena nota sobre cómo se regenta un foro plural de manera positiva y constructiva; con diestra firme y siniestra conductora, pero sobre todo con cabeza.

Me permito sugerirle que actue de manera que la rectificación parezca salir de Vd. o de su equipo de gobierno, ya que esta salida sería más honrosa que si yo me viera obligado a publicar la presente en su foro regional por mediación de algún alma amiga.

Sin más por el momento se despide atentamente desde el feliz aunque injusto exilio su eterno seguidor que lo es y será.

Alejandro Villanueva.

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Smoke on the water (versión japonesa)

Visto en pixel y dixel gracias al gran Paco Barberán.

RTEMS File System Support

Hoy he encontrado por la más absoluta de las casualidades un sistema de ficheros y un driver para FAT16 que desarrollé para mi Proyecto Final de Carrera hace un par de eones en el directorio de contribuciones al sistema operativo RTEMS. La fecha de los ficheros es del año pasado, y puedo dar fé y la doy de que no los he publicado yo.

Espero que al menos le sean de utilidad a alguien… aunque ni RTEMS ni el lenguaje de programación Ada (con el que está implementado mi proyecto) gozan de la aceptación que deberían.

Hoy, con la perspectiva de los años, seguramente hubiera hecho todo esto de otra manera, pero eran otros tiempos y aprendí mucho con el proyecto. Qué cojones, estoy orgulloso.

Aikido Shodokan – Tsuchiya Sensei

Un vídeo muy dinámico de Satoru Tsuchiya (Aikido Tomiki) en el que se muestra la eficacia y contundencia de los estilos pre-guerra.