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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In Language Naming of Aikido Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #27 New 10-29-2010 12:12 PM
Naming of Aikido Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day,
To-day we have naming of parts.

Naming of Parts by Henry Reed

I heard on the BBC that the most advanced nuclear submarine in the world, HMS Astute, ran aground off the coast of Scotland؟ Way to go with the naming. By the way that's the first time I've used an irony mark (check out the thread about Omotokyo http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18832).

So I was thinking about naming. Judo is a great name. It's short and powerful and it contains the essence of the art itself: the way of softness. Of course a lot of people who do judo forget that. Kendo is a simple clear name: the way of the sword. Karate on its own - empty hand - is a cool and succinct name but when -do - the way - is added it seems like an afterthought: karatedo. In kobudo - old martial arts - a name I always liked is kage-ryu kenjutsu - shadow style of the sword. It became shinkage-ryu - new shadow style - in the sixteenth century but that doesn't have quite the same ring.

The naming of aikido is a little vague. I don't think I've ever seen a good translation of it. Blending + Energy + Way. In Wikipedia it says: Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Well, not often. I've never heard them. It is sometimes called the way of harmony but that doesn't mention the ki part. I have seen the way of harmonizing energy.

Then there are a few names which try to capture the spirit of aikido rather than translate the words. The way of peace. The way of love. The way of the universe. They sound a little trite maybe? So if you have a suggestion please write a comment.

So perhaps we're back to the way of harmony. But I think I'll go with the way of truth. That's what it is for me.

This is the very cool and powerful poem by Henry Reed, Naming of Parts http://www.solearabiantree.net/namin...ngofparts.html

News report on Her Majesty's Submarine Astute: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...s-aground.html

cool motorbike photo Bikekido by Chris Patterson http://www.flickr.com/photos/dimmerswitch/3769587250/ photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/dimmers...th/3769587250/ used under creative commons licence and with his very kind permission

niall matthews 2010
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RSS Feed 8 Responses to "Naming of Aikido"
#8 11-05-2010 08:10 PM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. That's a nice coincidence. Cool doka.
#7 11-05-2010 06:59 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Niall your choice is the way of the truth and my favorite doka is: Sincerity! ....... manifest and hidden are one. by John Stevens It is sincerity! ...... The World of Reality and the World of Appearance are One by Seiseki Abe I had problems translating the last phrase, I think it is: If you train and direct you thoughts the right way you will be in the 3 worlds(O'Sensei) which is one really..
#6 11-01-2010 10:37 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Chris. I'm sure the test will go well. All the best, Niall
#5 11-01-2010 03:22 AM
chris wright Says:
Hi Niall, very interesting - i was thinking about this last week, i've just finished my essay for 2nd Dan, 'DO - the journey of the Aikidoka' i've been looking into how 'DO' originally came from the Chinese 'Tao' I've always thought of 'Ai' as harmony but my old Karate Sensei used 'Ai' as 'meeting with' All good food for thought Thanks for taking the time and sharing your wisdom, its much appreciated Chris
#4 10-31-2010 06:02 AM
niall Says:
Hi Billy. Yes, that's a good suggestion. Happy Halloween to you and to everyone.
#3 10-31-2010 04:59 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall; Today your Blog is my Sunday treat. Nunu had the PC all Saturday. Nice food for thought. I think for me it will be - the way of life - which encompasses peace, love, truth, and more. Universe is getting too big for me. Happy Halloween. Best Billy
#2 10-30-2010 08:36 PM
niall Says:
Thanks Erik!
#1 10-30-2010 01:08 PM
I had so much trouble coming up with a name, that finally I just named mine: Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program.... Very nice Blog and topic!

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