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Kenji Shimizu taking ukemi for Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. More from Shimizu Sensei in this two part interview on the Aikido Sangenkai blog:

Part 1 - http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/interview-aikido-shihan-kenji-shimizu-part-1/
Part 2 - http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/interview-aikido-shihan-kenji-shimizu-part-2/


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" When I returned, I increasingly compared our ways, and I found that among the masses there are in fact experts of Chinese martial arts and wrestling who are able to dull the edge of Japanese instructors in challenge matches. " - some wartime rivalry in this interesting new translation from Paul Brennan. 

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Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba with Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Sadateru Arikawa.

"I went there after lunch, so nobody was there. When I called out “Excuse me…” a person come out shouting “What is it!?” in a frightening voice. When I said “I’d like to become a student” they said “Do you know what Aikido is?”. Then when I said “it’s something like a cross between Karate and Judo” they got angry. (laughing) They made me sit in seiza at the side of the dojo where they hung the Keiko-gi and lectured me for about an hour – “Aikido connects Heaven and Earth…”. I couldn’t understand it at all – that was Sadateru Arikawa Sensei."

Interview with Aikido Shihan Yoshio Kuroiwa – Part 1:

http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/interview-aikido-shihan-yoshio-kuroiwa-part-1/ 
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Allen Beebe presents the next segment of Rinjiro Shirata Sensei's essay on Aikido, with explanatory commentary - "To Shirata, a model instructor avoids “personal views” and “imitators.”  Here we must understand that since Aiki follows universal laws “personal views” are of little importance, or influence, on the “Way” of Aiki.  As an analogy, my personal “view” of what gravity is, or isn’t, does not influence the law of gravity." 

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An interesting interview with Tom Myers - "Yes. I’ve seen that again and again in my practice. You make these changes and the person changes. The nervous system, the circulatory system, and the fascial system are never separate in a human being. They develop together and they work together. So when the fascial system changes, everything else changes." 

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Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba passed away on this day (April 26th, Japan time) in 1969. Here is his grave at the Omoto compound in Ayabe (top, with inset of Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu visiting the grave last year) and his grave at the Shingon temple Kozan-ji in Tanabe, Wakayama (bottom).
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Nifty - the Aiki Shrine is on TripAdvisor! 

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Koichi Tohei on Ki - includes a photo taken at the Waialae Dojo here in Hawaii! 

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Mid-1950's - in front of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba portrayed as the “Dragon King”. (天之叢雲九鬼さむはら竜王). Can you name everybody in the photo?
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