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January 28, 2010

Teaching for Los Angeles Dodgers

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As I was formally requested by LA Dodgers, I went to teach the players of LA Dodgers in the Dodger Stadium from 11th January 2010 (Monday) to 20th January 2010 (Wednesday).

Dodger Stadium is the baseball stadium where the final game of the 2009 World Baseball Classic was held. It is historical and very beautiful stadium.

In the original plan, Mr. Tatsuro Hirooka, a baseball commentator, was supposed to come with me, however, due to certain reasons, his attendance to the camp was cancelled so I went to teach without him.

Fortunately, the teaching this time has finished with a great success and I have received highest appreciation from the players and coaches.

It seems that the mind and body unification, which is the fundamental principle of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido, will take root in LA Dodgers from now on.

I sincerely appreciate Mr. Tatsuro Hirooka and those concerned with LA Dodgers, for having given such a great opportunity for me.

Due to the agreement with LA Dodgers, I am afraid to inform you that the list of people who participated in my teaching, and the details of the teaching are strictly forbidden to be disclosed.

Thank you very much for your kind understanding.

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January 27, 2010

Birthday of Koichi Tohei Sensei

The date of 20th January was the birthday of Koichi Tohei Sensei. Fortunately, he could have his 90 years old birthday with healthy condition.

We have received many people’s congratulations for his birthday. Thank you very much for your kind messages.

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January 24, 2010

Kagamibiraki at Ki Society H.Q.

Ki Society H.Q., of which I am a president, held the “Ki Society H.Q. Kagamibiraki” on 3rd January 2010 (Sunday).

Kagamibiraki is the most important event held at Ki Society H.Q. and many instructors gathered from all over Japan.

In the early morning, with temperatures at two degrees below zero, we have purified both our mind and body in the cold water basing training (Senshin no Gyo). Kagamibiraki (Opening of the new big Sake bottle) was held and the Sake and Zouni (rice cakes boiled in vegetable soup) were served thereafter.

The main event of Kagamibiraki is “Syugyo Tassei Kigan Shiki (The ceremony praying for success in our training)”.

In this ceremony, I offered a prayer wishing the whole members of Ki Society in the world the successful achievement and safety of their training through the year.

Afterwards, the recommended Dan promotion was announced and I awarded these certificates to the respective members. The following is the members who were promoted by the year’s recommendation.

Nanadan (7th dan)

Mr. Kenji Tomita (Tessinkan dojo / Kanagawa)

Rokudan (6th dan)

Mr. Kunio Urushibata (Issinkan dojo / Kanagawa)

Mr. Nobuhiro Fukuda (Yushinkan dojo / Miyagi)

Godan (5th dan)

Mr. Takashi Yamanaka (Senshinkan dojo / Miyagi)

Ms. Susan Grigsby (Southern California Ki Society / USA)

Yondan (4th dan)

Mr. Nobu Kuroha (Chyushinkan dojo / Tochigi)

Mr. Shinji Handa (Yanase class / Tochigi)

Ms. Hiromi Inaba (Shinshinkan dojo / Saitama)

Ms. Chieko Kimura (Tokushinkan dojo / Tokyo)

Ms. Sachiko Okada (Koshinkan dojo / Osaka)

Ms. Miki Takeuchi (Koshinkan dojo / Osaka)

Mr. Yasuhiro Kanda (Kinshinkan dojo / Hyogo)

Mr. Akira Ota (Kinshinkan dojo / Hyogo)

Mr. Terutaka Nishihara (Kinshinkan dojo / Hyogo)

Mr. Alfio La Spina (North Queensland Ki Society / Australia)

Mr. George Andrew LeBar (Midland Ki Federation / USA)

Mr. Owen Livingston (Midland Ki Federation / USA)

Mr. Stanley Haehl (Midland Ki Federation / USA)

Mr. Igor Ostroumov (Eastern Europe/Russia Ki-Aikido Federation)

Promotion by having been awarded a gold prize in the 28th All Japan Ki Aikido Taigi Competition is as follows;

Nidan (2nd dan)

Ms. Kaoru Hattori

(Hiroshima Jogakuin University / Hiroshima)

Shodan (1st dan)

Ms. Chiho Matsuda

(Hiroshima Jogakuin University / Hiroshima)

I took charge of teaching in the first training just after the above ceremony. The photoes were taken after the training.

The activities of Ki Society H.Q. has begun officially subsequent to the completion of Kagamibiraki.

Thank you very much.

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January 11, 2010

The Mind moves the Body

A Short Instruction:

The purpose of this article is to practice and validate the Ki principle (Mind moves body) which is the foundation of Ki-Aikido in our daily life. Therefore, it has no meaning if you just read it without practicing it.

The fundamental method of mastering anything is practice. However, it is not enough just to practice, but it is also important to validate how one has changed as a result of the practice.

It is easy to lose what you have learned without practice. On the other hand, you will never lose what you have learned through practice and validation. Therefore, please read, practice, and validate the contents of my article for at least one month.


The Mind moves the Body

The most fundamental and important thing in learning Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido is the “Ki Principle” (The Mind moves the Body).

We all have the mind and the body. The body has color and shape. It is visible and touchable. On the other hand, the mind does not have color and shape. We do not understand well the other’s mind or even our own. Since long ago, it has been said, “the mind is not something that can be grasped by the senses”. However, it is not actually true. The state of the mind is reflected in the state of the body. Thus, through the state of the body, we are able to know the state of mind.

A few days ago, one member asked one of Uchideshi to hand over something to me. But the Uchideshi left the thing there and forgot to give it to me. Then I found it where it had been left behind. I called him immediately and warned him severely regarding this behavior. In response, he just kept apologizing by saying “I will not forget next time”, “I will not do the same again”. However, by simply apologizing many times, the Uchideshi does not truly improve, because he does not necessarily understand the principle “the Mind moves the Body”.

If his actual state of mind does not change, then it will, once again appear in his life as a mistake. In that same state of mind, he will repeat that same mistake again. It is vital to know the state of our mind. Therefore, I always instruct the students “to confront (see) their mind”, rather than simply accusing them of their mistake.

The following is the conversation between me and the Uchideshi (A):

I:            “Why have you left the thing which was supposed to be handed over to me there?”

A:           “I am sorry. I will be more careful from now on”.

I:            “Your apology is not really what I want. I am asking why you have left the thing.”

A:           “I thought I would place the thing there and come back to take it later, but unfortunately, I forgot it.”

I:            “Why did you think it was all right that you would come back later?”

A:           “Since I had other things to do, I made those other things my priority.”

I:            “If you could not bring it to me yourself, then why couldn’t you ask somebody else to do so?”

A:           “……. Probably I could have done that, however, this idea did not come to me at the time.”

I:            “Then, why did that idea not come to you?”

As such, this exchange of conversation could have lasted forever. However, this Uchideshi was not saying this with any evil intent. He did not recognize that he was simply offering excuses.

The point is that he could not realize that the mistake he had made was a reflection of his state of mind. Unless he knows the state of his own mind and amends this state of mind, he will repeat the same mistake again and again. Unless he confronts (sees) his state of mind, he cannot become a good instructor. Therefore, I didn’t forgive him prior to making the cause of the mistake clear.

After the several exchanges in our conversation, his real feelings appeared as follows;

A:           “…. In fact, I felt a bit of bother.”

I:            “Why did you feel it was bothersome?”

A:           “Probably I did not care and didn’t respect the person who asked me. I took my own business precedence over the person’s wishes.”

I:            “Do you think it is OK for you to keep having that state of mind?”

A:           “No, I would like to change the state of my mind, otherwise I will repeat the same mistakes again.”

Some people never change even after such a process as above. But still, I do not want to give up encouraging them to “confront (see) their mind”. Fortunately, this Uchideshi got the point and has never committed this same mistake since that time.

It can be considered that the execution of both the techniques of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and activities in our jobs in daily life, are the reflection of the state of our mind.

We can know the state of our mind by observing the state of our body. And then, after knowing the state of mind, we can amend the way of we use the mind. By continuing this processes, we will be able to improve.

The following is the practice and validation for this month.

[Point of practice]

If there was a mistake in your job or daily life, see what the state of your mind was at the time.

[Point of validation]

    After seeing the state of your mind, amend the way you use your mind.

    Write down how you changed consequently.

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January 01, 2010

A Happy New Year

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"To Live is to extend Ki."

Calligraphy by Koichi Tohei Sensei
The Founder of Ki-Aikido (Shinshin Toitsu Aikido)

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