Morihei Ueshiba, Budo en Kamae [Dutch Version]

On Kamae, from Budo

‘Kamae’ van de technische handleiding ‘Budo’, Morihei Ueshiba 1938
*This is a Dutch translation of the article "Morihei Ueshiba, Budo and Kamae – Why we don’t know how to stand up and walk.", courtesy of Ernesto Lemke of Seikokan Aikido.
Staan en lopen, dat lijkt me nogal fundamenteel. Het is zo fundamenteel dat het zo’n beetje het eerste is wat je leert in de meeste budo. Of zelfs in het leven, als je tenminste zo ver terug kunt herinneren.
Zoals iedereen kreeg ook ik basis les in hoe ik moest staan toen ik met Aikido begon. Richt de voorste voet naar voren en de achterste voet naar buiten in een hoek. Sommige scholen gebruiken een meer gedetailleerde omschrijving maar dit is meestal de algemene strekking.
Nogal eenvoudig nietwaar? Iedereen kan het. Wat misschien ook het probleem is. Als iedereen het kan, en je doet in essentie hetzelfde wat je altijd al hebt gedaan…waarom breng je dan al die tijd op de mat door?
‘Budo’ is een vooroorlogse handleiding gepubliceerd in 1938 door de Grondlegger van Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. Het werd oorspronkelijk geschreven voor Prins Kaya Tsunenori, een lid van een zijtak van de Keizerlijke familie. Kayanomiya werd uiteindelijk inspecteur van de Toyama Legerschool waar Morihei Ueshiba voor de oorlog als instructeur werkzaam was.
‘Budo’ blijft de grootste en meest geordende verzameling technieken van de vooroorlogse periode. Een Engelstalige editie (‘Budo: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido’), vertaald door John Stevens, werd gepubliceerd in 1991.
Een andere editie, de ‘Takemusu Aikido Special Edition’, vertaald door Sonoko Tanaka en Stanley A. Pranin werd gepubliceerd in 1999 (‘Budo: Commentary on the 1938 Training Manual of Morihei Ueshiba’). Deze editie bestaat uit fragmenten uit de Japanse tekst en voorzien van commentaar door Morihiro Saito, zowel in het Engels als in het Japans.

An interview with Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Isoyama, Part 2

大先生・岩間

The new statue of O-Sensei in Iwama, and the bust in front of Iwama Station
Hiroshi Isoyama sensei was born in 1937, and started training with Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei in 1949, at the age of 12.
Isoyama sensei, together with Hiroshi Tada sensei, formed a committee for the construction of a large statue of the Founder of Aikido on the precincts of the Aiki Shrine, which was unveiled on the 8th of November 2009. Surplus material from this monument was used to make a bust of the Founder which was unveiled at the newly rebuilt Iwama Station on the 24th of July 2012.
Hiroshi Tada sensei began Aikido shortly after Isoyama sensei himself – find out how Tada sensei met Morihei Ueshiba in "Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Tada: The Day I Entered Ueshiba Dojo". There is also a very long interview with Tada sensei in Japanese that appears in a nine part English translation – here is the first part of that interview.
What you are reading now is the second part of a two part English translation of an interview with Hiroshi Isoyama sensei that first appeared in the February 2009 issue of Gekkan Hiden ("Secret Teachings Monthly"), a well known martial arts magazine in Japan. You may want to read the first part of the interview before reading this section.

An interview with Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Isoyama, Part 1

Steven Seagal and Hiroshi Isoyama

Hiroshi Isoyama and Steven Seagal
A few weeks ago I was watching Michael Schiavello’s interview with Steven Seagal in which he named Hiroshi Isoyama (磯山博) as the Aikido instructor who has influenced him the most.Hiroshi Isoyama sensei began training in the Iwama Dojo in 1949 at the age of 12 as a direct student of the Founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. Over a long career in the martial arts, he has been Chief of Defensive Tactics for the Japan Self Defense Force Academy, and also instructed the U.S. Army in self-defense tactics. I still remember his comment about starting to teach Aikido to the military – "They didn’t believe that Aikido works – I made them believe".
His trademark Ganseki Otoshi demonstrations are always a crowd pleaser at the annual All Japan Aikido Demonstration.
This is the first part of an English translation of an interview with Hiroshi Isoyama sensei that first appeared in the February 2009 issue of Gekkan Hiden ("Secret Teachings Monthly"), a well known martial arts magazine in Japan. It was also published in a collection of interviews with students of the Founder published in Japanese as 開祖の横顔 ("Profiles of the Founder") in 2009.There was a short introduction to this work in the article "Morihei Ueshiba – Profiles of the Founder".
I previously posted an English translation of the interview with Nobuyoshi Tamura sensei from that collection in two parts (Part 1 | Part 2).

Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Mangos and Johnny Walker Black

Chris Li with Moriteru Ueshiba

Chris Li, translating for Moriteru Ueshiba DoshuAikido Celebration 2011 Banquet at the Manoa Grand BallroomJapanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in Honolulu
2011 marked the 50th anniversary of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei’s visit to Hawaii in 1961 to dedicate the opening of the Honolulu Aiki Dojo (for an interesting story from this time see "Morihei Ueshiba: Untranslatable Words"). Many of the local Aikido dojo cooperated in the effort to hold a commemorative seminar and event.
Moriteru Ueshiba (San-Dai Doshu and grandson of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba) and his son Mitsuteru Ueshiba (Waka-Sensei) came to Honolulu to help celebrate this event, along with almost 500 Aikido students from around the world.

Lifting the Veil: Aikido Opens to the World

All Japan Aikido Demonstration

The 50th All Japan Aikido Demonstration
May 26th, 2012 marked the 50th All Japan Aikido Demonstration (第50回全日本合気道演武大会) in Tokyo, at the Nihon Budokan.  The All Japan is the biggest event of the year for Aikikai, and groups come from around Japan and around the world to attend. It is attended by thousands of spectators and demonstrators. But did you know that much of the motivation for these huge Aikikai events was actually provided by the Yoshinkan?At the end of the war the Wakamatsu-cho Aikikai dojo (the Kobukan Dojo before the war) was one of the few buildings still left standing after the bombing. Even so, the roof was badly damaged, many of the tatami mats were missing, and refugees were actually living in the dojo. Morihei Ueshiba was living in Iwama and rarely came to Tokyo.