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August 17, 2010

Absolute Evaluation

A Short Instruction:

The purpose of this article is to apply the Ki principle (mind moves the body) which is the fundamental of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido to our daily life.

It is not enough just to read, but it is important to positively practice the subject given each month. Learning through practice will be your lifelong asset.


Absolute Evaluation

The 29th All Japan Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Taigi Competition was held on 1st August 2010.

As this is competition, there were the rankings and prize winners. Please keep training with pride if you won a prize.

The results are important in a competition, however, the rankings and winning a prize are considered a “Relative Evaluation”. These are decided since there is a group of people participating in the competition.

In addition, there is an “Absolute Evaluation”. (Here we are not referring to the “Absolute Scale” and “Relative scale” used in the educational field.)

This Absolute Evaluation is “whether the participant can perform to the best of his or her ability”.

If he/she was able to show their real ability, it was great. On the other hand, there must have been participants who were not able to show their abilities due to nervousness and pressure. This is a great pity.

I would like all of participants to consider not only the Relative Evaluation, but to count the Absolute Evaluation as a matter of great importance. If you were able to perform to the best of your ability, it should be highly regarded, above and beyond that mere rankings. The only person who can really evaluate your actions in such a way is yourself.

The purpose of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido is not only to learn the techniques, but also to master “mind and body unification”. By unifying mind and body, people can perform to the best of their abilities.

The first principle among the “FOUR MAJOR PRINCIPLES TO UNIFY MIND AND BODY” is “Keep One Point.”

FOUR MAJOR PRINCIPLES TO UNIFY MIND AND BODY

1, Keep one-point

2, Relax completely

3, Keep weight underside

4, Extend Ki

In order to experience our highest ability in an important situation, we need to “calm our mind”.  For this purpose, we must know where our mind is. If you are getting tense in your body, then your mind comes up to your head or upper body, your posture will be unstable, and you will not be able to use your body as you wish. If you set your mind into the infinitely small point where you cannot put physical tension (one point in the lower abdomen), your posture will be stable and you can use your body as you wish.

This point is very useful for many athletes, so players in the Baseball Major Leagues and the Olympics are learning eagerly.

In my position, I face many situations that put intense pressure on me.  However, I consider each such event as an opportunity to train Mind and Body Unification.  Some examples of this kind of event:

    A situation in which we need to produce a good result

    A situation in which we are looked at by many people

    A situation in which we need to achieve success in a fixed time

The above are situations that put pressure on us. In these situations, the outcome of our daily effort of training makes itself known.

All the participants in the Taigi competition had schoolwork, jobs, and family dealings in their daily lives.  And by their own choice they have participated in the competition that puts this kind of pressure on them. So this is a great opportunity that only such participants can experience.

For both those who were able to show their abilities, and who were not, please make good use of the experience to the future trainings. If you could not participate this time, please try to participate in the next competition.

If you are engaged with something in earnest, it is natural that you feel pressure in an important situation. Pressure itself is not bad. There are two kinds of people; those who can show their abilities even under pressure, and who cannot.

In order to perform to the best of your ability in an important situation, you should_______ .

This is mastered by neither fighting spirit nor guts, but by training.

Let us train together, from now on.

[Subject]

    What phrase could be inserted in the underlined blank above? There are countless answers.

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August 11, 2010

Announcement of the Results of the 29th All Japan Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Taigi Competition

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On 1st August 2010 (Sunday), the 29th All Japan Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Taigi Competition was held at Tenshinkan Dojo, at Ki Society H.Q. This time, approximately 200 players, who represent dojos, classes, schools and universities from all over Japan, have participated.

There is no effort to overcome others in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido. In this competition, players perform a series of techniques that is called Taigi.  The Taigi Competition judges the depth of mind and body unification maintained while performing the series. With a clear state of mind and body unification, posture is stable, natural rhythm is produced, and the techniques become large.

The competition events of this year were as follows:

[Individual]

Under 18 division #2 Taigi KATATEDORI RYOTEMOCHI

University division #24 Taigi JONAGE

Adult division (Under 40)                  #8 Taigi  RYOTEDORI

Adult division (40 and above)           #1 Taigi  KATATEDORI

*If Nage is under 40 years old, the pair performs in Adult division (Under 40) and if Nage is 40 years old and above, they perform in Adult division (40 and above). Uke does not have age limitation in these two divisions.

[Group] (Series of the following Taigi/ Common in all divisions)

#7 Taigi                MUNATSUKI/KERI

#19 Taigi              MUNATSUKI

#20 Taigi              TANINZUGAKE

Prize winners’ names (without Mr. / Ms.) and their branches, universities are as follows. Congratulations.

[Individual]

Under 18 division

Gold prize:            Syogo KIMURA, Syunsuke OCHIAI

                            (Kanagawa Branch)

Silver prize:           Naomichi SOMEYA, Yuina AYABE

                            (Kanagawa Branch)

Bronze prize:        Oto HASHIMOTO, Daiki KOJIMA

                            (Kanagawa Branch)

4th prize: Kohei SUZUKI, Kaisei NISHIMURA

                            (Keio Senior High School)

5th prize: Michiko KOFUJI, Takahiro FUJII

                            (Hiroshima Branch)

6th prize: Hinako YOSHIDA, Mirai MIZUNO

                            (Hiroshima Branch)

University division

Gold prize:            Daisuke TOYODA, Yuta KIHARA

                        (Keio University)

Silver prize:           Kumiko NAKAYAMA, Akira FUJIMA

                            (Hiroshima Shudo University)

Bronze prize:        Miteki IKEDA, Akihiro ONISHI

                            (Hiroshima University)

4th prize: Emiri OKI, Noriaki KURIHARA

                            (Hiroshima Shudo University)

5th prize: Miyuki OGAWA, Tomoya NISHIMURA

                            (Hiroshima University)

6th prize: Chiho MATSUDA, Namiko OMORI

                            (Hiroshima Jogakuin University)

Adult division (Under 40)

Gold prize:            Toshihide ISHII, Yuji MORIKAWA

                            (Kanagawa Branch)

Silver prize:           Ai MIYAMOTO, Takashi MATSUMOTO

                            (Hiroshima Branch)

Bronze prize:        Kei ITO, Yuki NOMURA

                            (Keio Aikido Kai)

Adult division (40 and above)

Gold prize:            Aiko OHIRA, Yusuke NAKASHIMA,

                            (Tokyo Branch)

Silver prize:           Jiro KINOSHITA, Mitsuhiko NAKAHASHI

                            (Kanagawa Branch)

Bronze prize:        Akinori SANO, Hiroko YOSHIMINE

                            (Tokyo Branch)

[Group]

Under 18 division

Gold prize:            Hiroshima Branch

Silver prize:           Keio Senior High School

Bronze prize:        N/A

University division

Gold prize:            Keio University

Silver prize:           Hiroshima University

Bronze prize:        Waseda University

Adult division

Gold prize:            Keio Aikido Kai

Silver prize:           Enshinkan Dojo (Tokyo Branch)

Bronze prize:        Yushinkan Dojo (Kanagawa Branch)

This competition was made possible with the kind cooperation, support and donations from many people. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to those contributors. Thank you very much.

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