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Sagawa Yukiyoshi, Masaru Takahashi en Adem Training in Daito-ryu [Dutch Version]

Yukiyoshi Sagawa, Takahashi and Kimura

Yukiyoshi Sagawa werpt Tatsuo Kimura (links) en Masaru Takahashi (rechts)

*This is a Dutch translation of the article “Sagawa Yukiyoshi, Masaru Takahashi and Breath Training in Daito-ryu“, courtesy of Ernesto Lemke of Seikokan Aikido / Aikido Leeuwarden – you can also find him on the Aikido Leeuwarden page on Facebook.

「陰 陽合気法」は呼吸法によって臍下丹田に気を充実させ、気力集中をはかって精神統一をするというもので、五指を握り、静かに入息するを「陰」、五指を強く開 き、出息するを「陽」と呼ぶ、とあり、この呼吸法を続けることによって、頭脳明晰となり、眼力は鋭く、「心」「気」「力」一致し、大勇猛心を養い、特に両 手十指それぞれの活用により、神通力を高める。

“In-yo Aiki-ho vult de Seika Tanden met Ki door Kokyu-ho en is erop gericht om de Ki-ryoku te focussen via mentale concentratie. Het sluiten van de vijf vingers en zacht te inhaleren wordt ‘In’ (‘Yin’) genoemd, de vingers krachtig openen en uitademen wordt ‘Yo’ (‘Yang’) genoemd. Door deze ademhalingsmethode te continueren wordt de geest helder, het zicht scherp, de ‘spirit’, ‘ki’ en ‘kracht’ worden verenigd, moed wordt ontwikkeld en in het bijzonder verschaffen de verscheidene praktische toepassingen van de tien vingers van beide handen toegang tot bovenmenselijke krachten.

- Tokimune Takeda – zoon van Sokaku Takeda, en Soke van Daito-ryu Aiki Budo

In-yo Aiki-ho, Kokyu-ho en Chousoku (Het reguleren van de ademhaling)

Masaru Takahashi (高橋賢) trad toe tot de Sagawa Dojo op 5 mei van het Showa jaar 47 (1972).

Als een van de gevorderde leerlingen van de beroemde Daito-ryu leraar Yukiyoshi Sagawa, die zelf een gevorderde leerling was van Sokaku Takeda, geeft Takahashi les aan de Sagawa-den Daito-ryu Aiki Budo Sagamihara branch dojo (佐川伝大東流合氣武道相模原支部) en aan de Daito-ryu Sagawa Dojo hombu (大東流佐川道場本部) in Kodaira stad.

Hij publiceerde ook een aantal boeken en artikelen over de Japanse krijgskunsten en Daito-ryu.

Dit artikel is een uitreksel over adem training in Daito-ryu uit Takahashi’s boek ‘De Waarheid over Daito-ryu Aiki’ (大東流合気の真実), die gepubliceerd werd in het Japans door Fukushodo Co. Ltd. in September 2007.

De karakters 調息 (“Chousoku” / “Het reguleren van de ademhaling”) worden gebruikt om te verwijzen naar de methode die werd onderwezen in de Sagawa Dojo – dezelfde karakters die gebruikt worden in het Chinees om te refereren naar “Tiao Xi”, Chinese Daoist ademhalingsmethodes.

De legendarische Zhang Sanfeng (張三豐), de legendarische Chinese Taoïstische priester die vaak wordt aangewezen als de stichter van Taijiquan, sprak over “Tiao Xi” in de 13e eeuw “Daoyan qianjin shuo” (道言淺近說):

“Wanneer het hart en de geest kalm worden en onder de navel gaat heet dat het leegmaken van hart/geest, wanneer de adem zich verzamelt en onder de navel gaat het dat gereguleerde ademhaling (調息).”

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Survey says – this is Aiki!

フル・コンタクト・カラテ Full Contact Karate magazine

Full Contact Karate at the Aikido Sangenkai? Not really, but many of the quotations in this article originally appeared in the January 1996 issue of the Japanese magazine “Full Contact Karate” (フル・コンタクト・カラテ), in an article entitled “Secret Technique: The Secret of Aiki” (秘技・合気の秘密). They present an interesting survey of comments on Aiki from some of the leading exponents of both Aikido and Daito-ryu.

You may also be interested in Sagawa-den Daito-ryu Aiki-Budo instructor Masaru Takahashi’s technical essay’s on the nature of Aiki “What is Aiki?” (Part 1 | Part 2  | Part 3). Continue reading »

What is Aiki? Introduction to a method of analyzing Aiki. (Part 3)

Sagawa Dojo Group

January 1974, Dojo-biraki at Sagawa Dojo
Tetsuya Taguchi (the dojo’s longest training student) to the left of Sagawa sensei
Keisetsu Yoshimaru to the right of Sagawa sensei
Yoshio Ohara, front row right
Masaru Takahashi, second row left

You may recognize Yukiyoshi Sagawa’s student Keisetsu Yoshimaru (吉丸慶雪) in the photo above from the articles “Aiki no Rentai: The Conditioned Body of Yukiyoshi Sagawa” (Part 1 | Part 2), and “Yukiyoshi Sagawa on Bujutsu and Ki-Ryoku” (Part 1 | Part 2).

You may also recognize Yoshio Ohara, famous in Sagawa Dojo for his great strength, whose picture appeared in the second part of “What is Aiki?“, being thrown by Yukiyoshi Sagawa in Aiki-nage.

Masaru Takahashi (高橋賢) also appears in the commemorative photo above. Takahashi sensei was a senior student of the famous Daito-ryu instructor Yukiyoshi Sagawa, and continues to instruct at the Sagawa-den Daito-ryu Aiki Budo Sagamihara branch dojo (佐川伝大東流合氣武道相模原支部) and at the Daito-ryu Sagawa Dojo hombu (大東流佐川道場本部) in Kodaira city.

Takahashi sensei often contributes articles on Daito-ryu to the monthly Japanese Budo magazine Hiden (月刊秘伝), and is the author of a book on Chinese Qigong, 中国秘伝の秘伝術気功法, which has been translated into English and published as “Qigong for Health“.

This is the third and final section of the English translation of his thoughts concerning the analysis of Aiki. You may wish to read Part 1 and Part 2 before reading this concluding section. The original Japanese text appeared in Takahashi sensei’s book “The Truth of Daito-ryu Aiki” (大東流合気の真実), which was published in Japanese by Fukushodo Co. Ltd. in September 2007.

Other sections from this book appear in the articles “Sagawa Yukiyoshi, Masaru Takahashi and Breath Training in Daito-ryu” and “Strange, Odd and False Theories of Aiki“.

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What is Aiki? Introduction to a method of analyzing Aiki. (Part 2)

Sagawa Dojo

January 1998, Dojo-biraki at Sagawa Dojo
Yukiyoshi Sagawa’s last commemorative photo at age 95

Masaru Takahashi left, next to Yukiyoshi Sagawa – Kimura Tatsuo front, second from right

An approach to Aiki through simple mechanical principles.

Masaru Takahashi (高橋賢) began training with Yukiyoshi Sagawa on May 5th of Showa year 47 (1972), and continues to instruct at the Sagawa-den Daito-ryu Aiki Budo Sagamihara branch dojo (佐川伝大東流合氣武道相模原支部) and at the Daito-ryu Sagawa Dojo hombu (大東流佐川道場本部) in Kodaira city. He also runs an acupuncture clinic in Sagamihara City, and teaches Taiji as taught to him directly by Ryuchi Matsuda (松田 隆智), a well known Japanese researcher of Chinese martial arts and author of a popular Japanese manga called “Kenji”.

拳児

The manga “Kenji” (拳児), by Ryuchi Matsuda

Yukiyoshi Sagawa became a student of Daito-ryu Chuko-no-so (“Interim Reviver” / 中興の祖) Sokaku Takeda somewhere around 1913 – some three years before Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba would meet Takeda at the Hisada Inn in Hokkaido. Sagawa’s father Nenokichi (佐川子之吉 1867–1950) was a long time supporter of Takeda, and was actually present at the Hisada Inn when Ueshiba was introduced to Takeda by Kotaro Yoshida.

Takahashi sensei is a frequent contributor of articles researching the Japanese martial arts and Daito-ryu to the monthly Japanese Budo magazine Hiden (月刊秘伝), published by BAB Japan (“BAB” stands for “Budo and Bujutsu”).

He is also the author of a book on Chinese Qigong, 中国秘伝の秘伝術気功法, which has been translated into English and published as “Qigong for Health“.

This article is the second part of an excerpt from Takahashi sensei’s book “The Truth of Daito-ryu Aiki” (大東流合気の真実), which was published in Japanese by Fukushodo Co. Ltd. in September 2007.

Other sections from this book appear in the articles “Sagawa Yukiyoshi, Masaru Takahashi and Breath Training in Daito-ryu” and “Strange, Odd and False Theories of Aiki“.

You may wish to read part one of this article before continuing. Continue reading »

What is Aiki? Introduction to a method of analyzing Aiki. (Part 1)

Yukiyoshi Sagawa Aiki-nage

Yukiyoshi Sagawa demonstrates Aiki-nage on Masaru Takahashi

Masaru Takahashi Sensei explores a method of analyzing Aiki.

Masaru Takahashi (高橋賢) is one of the senior students of the famous Daito-ryu instructor Yukiyoshi Sagawa, who was a direct student of Sokaku Takeda and one of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba’s seniors in the art of Daito-ryu. He entered Sagawa Dojo on May 5th of Showa year 47 (1972).

He currently instructs at the Sagawa-den Daito-ryu Aiki Budo Sagamihara branch dojo (佐川伝大東流合氣武道相模原支部) and at the Daito-ryu Sagawa Dojo hombu (大東流佐川道場本部) in Kodaira city.

Takahashi sensei has contributed a number of articles researching the Japanese martial arts and Daito-ryu to the monthly Japanese Budo magazine Hiden (月刊秘伝), published by BAB Japan (“BAB” stands for “Budo and Bujutsu”).

This article is the first part of an excerpt from Takahashi sensei’s book “The Truth of Daito-ryu Aiki” (大東流合気の真実), which was published in Japanese by Fukushodo Co. Ltd. in September 2007.

Other sections from this book appear in the articles “Sagawa Yukiyoshi, Masaru Takahashi and Breath Training in Daito-ryu” and “Strange, Odd and False Theories of Aiki

Continue reading »