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 … Continue reading Sagawa Yukiyoshi, Masaru Takahashi en Adem Training in Daito-ryu [Dutch Version]
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 | … Continue reading What is Aiki? Introduction to a method of analyzing Aiki. (Part 3)
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 … Continue reading What is Aiki? Introduction to a method of analyzing Aiki. (Part 2)
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). … Continue reading What is Aiki? Introduction to a method of analyzing Aiki. (Part 1)
"Ai – Ki" – "Ai (Love) – Ki"
The dichotomy between Aiki as a technical principle and Aiki as a spiritual principle has come up in a number of conversations recently, but I suspect that this has been a matter of discussion since Taisho year 14 (1925), upon Morihei Ueshiba’s spiritual experience after defeating a young naval officer’s attack with a bokuto (bokken):
武道の根源は、神の愛–万有愛護の精神–であると悟り得て、法悦の涙がとめどなく頬を流れた。I attained the realization that the source of Budo is the love of the Gods, the spirit of Universal Loving Protection, and tears of ecstasy streamed endlessly down my cheeks.