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.

Teachings of Ueshiba Morihei Sensei

O'senseiNathan Scott, from Tsuki Kage Dojo, has compiled the teachings of O’Sensei that can be found in the literature (of special importance are the texts written by O’Sensei himself) and put them together in his website for us to enjoy… and for some to be annoyed.

The compilation can be found at http://www.tsuki-kage.com/ueshiba.html and contains quotes from “Budo Renshu” and “Budo” from O’Sensei, “Traditional Aikido” from Morihiro Saito, “Total Aikido” and “Aikido Shugyo” from Gozo Shioda, and “The Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba” from Kisshomaru Ueshiba.

Ueshiba Morihei Sensei, founder of Aikido, has been often quoted and even more often written about by those that study Aikido. However, the choice of material quoted and discussed is almost exclusively in regards to his background or spiritual teachings. The following translations of his writings and lectures from the pre-WWII era are rarely acknowledged or discussed, and as such have been re-printed here to offer a bit of balance and perspective to those currently studying or researching Aikido.

Demostración de Minoru Mochizuki

Un vídeo interesante de un joven Minoru Mochizuki recién llegado a Europa.

Curso multidisciplinar Nihon Kobudo Aragón (y 2)

El curso impresionante. El trabajo de Kempo Fu Shih de Raúl Gutierrez fue de una velocidad, precisión y contundencia terribles. Aun no sé cómo se pueden dar tantos golpes en un sólo segundo. Se trabajó desde agarre de las solapas, desde jab y desde patada frontal.

Del Aikijujutsu Yoseikan Ha con que nos obsequió el Maestro Miranda quedarnos con el control y la precisión de las técnicas. Trabajamos desde Mune Dori (con algún detalle histórico siempre interesante) y desde Ushiro Ryote Dori en progresión; desde el Te Hodoki hasta Ashi Tatami, pasando por el omnipresente Yuki Chigae. No sé qué me duele más esta mañana, si el Kabe Kake o el Ashi Tatami… Me lo pensaré a lo largo tdel día.

Por la tarde Sergio Hernández nos hizo sudar de lo lindo con el Bo de la Yamanni Ryu. Y sí, el Bo era de 182cm de largo.

Y para finalizar Pau Ramón mostró parte de las técnicas de intervención con Yubi Bo. Dolorosisisisimas. Seguro que se me bloquearon varios chakras. Tengo todo el ki en los dedos de los pies y no me quiere subir. Técnicas “sencillas” que requieren mucha precisión (cómo no) y derriban al más pintado.

Curso multidisciplinar Nihon Kobudo Aragón

Dejo aquí el cartel del curso, calentito, calentito…

Es una gran oportunidad para trabajar con los Maestros, que os recomiendo no dejeis pasar.

Doshu’s Way

A partir de una entrevista realizada a Ueshiba Kisshomaru para la Japan Martial Arts Society (JMAS) en marzo de 1986, Ellis Amdur extrae las siguientes conclusiones.

Aikido starts as pure Daito-ryu (irimi-issoku), and then is rounded out, the opponent projected away rather than crushed or folded close in. In other words, you can’t do aikido unless you can do Daito-ryu. Kamata Hisao describes Ueshiba Morihei’s early aikido in Daito-ryu terms: “He always said, ‘You must enter the opponent; get inside him and then draw him into you!'” This, by the way, is true ukemi on Ueshiba’s part— fully congruent with the precepts of koryu, rather than the modern idea that ukemi is “taking falls.”

Amdur redunda, como hace siempre, en la imposibilidad de practicar el “do” sin haber dominado el “jutsu”. Es decir, si no podemos realizar correctamente la técnica, de manera que el agresor quede controlado en todo momento, ¿de qué sirve realizar una bonita y fluída técnica circular? Como diría aquel, “para morir de forma grácil”.

No me puedo cansar de recordar que el Aikido es una evolución (no por supuesto la única) del Daito Ryu, y que no se puede evolucionar o desarrollar algo que no se conoce.

Ueshiba Kisshomaru does emphasize here some elements of the basics of proper physical organization and alignment, but if that was enough, why didn’t he – or any of the other top shihan for whom I took ukemi, both in kokyu ryoku yosei ho and in aikido techniques – manifest such power that we otherwise hear about? Perhaps because Ueshiba Morihei (and his compatriots in early Daito-ryu), as I have written over-and-over again, practiced basic breathing exercises, which one could also term kokyu-ho, which literally means “the method of breathing.” “Kokyu-ryoku yosei-ho” means “the cultivation of breath power.” This begs a question, because one can only further develop what one already has. Can we start with a two-person exercise that “refines” power, without developing such power first?

Retorna al tema de la imposibilidad de refinar algo de lo que se carece. ¿Qué sentido tienen los ejercicios por parejas de kokyu ho, cuando no se tiene kokyu que desarrollar? Para eso hay prácticas, ejercicios, en los que no se require compañero; por ejemplo el tanren uchi, los suburi de ken y de jo…

But, without barre work, no ballet; without scales, no virtuoso pianists; without juggling with the feet, no soccer; without prep work, no cordon-bleu. Without exhaustive solo training, no aikido? At least, no aikido of Ueshiba Morihei.

O también: “sin (Aiki) jujutsu, no hay Aikido. No al menos el Aikido de O’Sensei.”

El artículo completo en: http://www.aikidojournal.com/?id=3600.

IMAF Taikai 2007 at Cala Montjoi

This year’s Taikai at Cala Montjoi has been a complete success. The organization has been just perfect, and the location a good combination of sun, sand, sea and tatami.

We counted with the presence of Jan Janssens (7th dan Aikijujutsu Yoseikan), José Guisado (7th dan Goshin Jujutsu), José Miranda (6th dan Aikijujutsu Yoseikan Ha), Pau Ramon Planellas (6th dan Nihon Kobudo), Juan Antonio Salas (5th dan Aikijujutsu Yoseikan Ha), David Buisán (4th dan Goshin Kenpo), Pere Soler (4th dan Mugai Ryu Iai Heido), Xavier Teixidó (3rd dan Aikijujutsu Yoseikan Ha), Miguel Ángel Ibáñez (3rd dan Aikijujutsu Yoseikan Ha) and others, among the Sensei. The best in their specialities.

We could practice a full weekend of Aikijujutsu, Jujutsu, Nihon Taijutsu, Iaido, Iaijutsu, Aikuchi and other martial disciplines.

I never step out of the “aiki tatami”, where Senseis Janssens, Miranda, Salas, Ibañez and Teixidó did their best to try to teach us some of the techniques of their two different Yoseikan lines. Miranda Sensei’s line, Yoseikan Ha, includes techniques from old schools, usually meaning Daito Ryu, but also Aikuchi, Jo Gatame, etc. We could say (or, at least it seems to me) that this line is more traditional and painful in its forms.

Janssens Sensei’s Yoseikan tends to be more dynamic in its application. Rich in Sutemi Waza, this line doesn’t invest time in making complicated human knots with its ukes. Instead, tori gets rid of his ukes in a quite expeditive manner.

I also attended the Aikuchi class by Miranda Sensei. Those expecting a class in Tanto Dori didn’t get what they were ready for. In this work, it is tori who’s welding the aikuchi (tanto without tsuba), and it is the aikuchi wielder who “wins” in the kata. A very interesting work, from a different perspective.

Saturday night, the attending groups prepared an exhibition in honor of Javier Juarez Sensei, recently deceased. The Spirit of Budo was present all over it, with demonstrations of Aikijujutsu, Jujutsu, Kenpo, Iaijutsu, Nihon Taijutsu, Aikuchi, Jo Gatame, Tambojutsu, even some Hojojutsu… It was a very emotional moment.

At the end, my whole body was acking for a complete day and night… But I loved it! Hope to see you all next year!!