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12-13-2002, 01:37 PM
So, anyone want to try composing some aikido haiku?

-- Jun

12-13-2002, 01:41 PM
Yokomen Uchi

stumble stumble step step step

irimi nage

12-13-2002, 01:48 PM
very big ego

kindly invited to train

lovingly humbled

12-13-2002, 02:05 PM
live in Harmony

O'Sensei calls us to lead

in Spirit of Love



12-13-2002, 02:41 PM
Sitting all in line

invited to be uke

toe in hakama

12-13-2002, 03:23 PM
Sitting all in line

invited to be uke

toe in hakama
You, Mr. Knoops, have a future in text!

Thanks for the laughs.

12-13-2002, 03:32 PM
round and round we flow

one, two - iriminage

where did sensei go?



12-13-2002, 03:41 PM
our aikido is

all about the perception -

use your eyes, goofball



kung fu hamster
12-13-2002, 03:46 PM
Tape, bandaids, Advil

Asthma inhalor, knee brace

Now....ready for class....

12-13-2002, 03:48 PM
sh*t! I lean again

sensei sees me across mat

"please!, no buttwaza!"

12-13-2002, 03:54 PM
I've almost got it -

arm here, direct hara there

I'm first through the door!



12-13-2002, 04:02 PM
fencing trains to kill -

aikido reminds me to

transform the anger

L. Camejo
12-13-2002, 10:31 PM




mike lee
12-14-2002, 06:33 AM
As far as I know, there are some basic rules for haiku.

Haiku is composed of three lines. The first and third lines contain 5 syllables. The second line contains 7 syllables.

No direct references to self are made; i.e. "I, me, my, we," etc. I think this is because references to self indicate self-centeredness.

Something in the poem usually indicates the season in which it was written.


Last moon of the year

Swirling wind sweeps leaves off street

Cold dojo awaits

12-14-2002, 09:23 AM
As far as I know, there are some basic rules for haiku.

Haiku is composed of three lines. The first and third lines contain 5 syllables. The second line contains 7 syllables.

No direct references to self are made; i.e. "I, me, my, we," etc. I think this is because references to self indicate self-centeredness.

Something in the poem usually indicates the season in which it was written.
Yes, absolutly right. These are the rules for writting a haiku.

The first and the last are considered traditional. 17 syllables divided in three groups, 5, 7, 5. Inclusion of a kigo, a word of season. The latter can be interpreted very loosely, as one can already see in some of the poetry of Basho.

The second rule is due to proposed reform in the form of haiku by Masaoka Shiki and Kawahigashi Hekigoto, which include:

1) No reference to a center of interest (to make it truer to reality)

2) Emphasis on importance of the poet's (first) impression to the subject as it was, and therefor creating freshness by using subject of daily life and local colour.

12-16-2002, 10:49 AM
There are some really good haiku writers out there!

Any others want to tackle writing some aikido haiku?

-- Jun

12-16-2002, 12:16 PM
"I want to kick butt!"

Says the visitor, I say,

"Fine, Seiza, one hour."

Great Kami, join me.

Weight underside, extend KI.

Worst foe, Angry Wife.

Lighting in dark

Sky flowing life force, beauty.

Take Misu Ai... :ki:

12-16-2002, 12:35 PM
Enter from the North

Flow like Water into Ice


Paul Smith
12-16-2002, 01:42 PM
Gold flecked waves languish

Shores warmed by sleep-setting sun

Sensei, dream you still?

Paul Smith
12-16-2002, 01:45 PM
The poem below breaks the rules, but as it evoked a haiku-like moment when I wrote it, I include it here. It is in honor of my late teacher, Fumio Toyoda Shihan:


among the gnarled woods,

創eath plodding feet, by dying light

lie leaves, nodding and grey;

a clutching sleep.

One cut, Sensei;

Lightning cleaves the dim.

morning mist on blue-black pond;

cranes lull among the reeds.

12-16-2002, 03:48 PM
sorry about the references to the self, just jumping into the world of my head.

12-16-2002, 04:01 PM
Hot winds of summer

Aiki, the balance, will be

Cool breeze of autumn

12-16-2002, 04:59 PM
That was realy fun

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

how uke bounced

kung fu hamster
12-16-2002, 05:06 PM
Uke had pizza

He's lactose intolerant

Thunder in springtime :confused:

12-16-2002, 05:21 PM
The mind distracted

Searching for the voice behind

Got hit on the head

12-17-2002, 01:26 AM
Like summertime rain,

Aiki calms the inner fire,

Walk in it often


Oh beginners mind,

Taken by the eyes technique,

Found in winter cold

12-17-2002, 03:57 AM
cold feet on the mat

flying bodies in the air

laughter warms the face

12-17-2002, 04:47 AM
the infinite mind

focus beyond horizon

extension of ki

mike lee
12-17-2002, 10:25 AM
Without followers

Sensei becomes a student

Feeling winter's chill

kung fu hamster
12-17-2002, 10:38 AM
Ninety nine percent

Accept your uke's attack

Then strike like lightning

12-17-2002, 06:59 PM
My first attempt in Japanese:






fuyu samu yo

aiki kokoro de

haru hi naru


cold winter night

with aiki spirit

turn into spring day


Could anybody correct me on this?

12-18-2002, 03:04 AM
Towards the hara

Angered intent behind knife

Pain in wrist he follows

paul keessen
12-18-2002, 04:23 AM
pretty cool all those haiku's

looks ptretty THOUGH

12-18-2002, 06:27 AM
early sun still red

frozen keikogi meets skin

deshi greet the day

12-18-2002, 06:30 AM
Ushered into flight

Plummeting fast through the void

Gi whispers on mat.

Paula Lydon
12-21-2002, 02:58 PM
My center stirs

We are all spinning stars and

The root of the world

How 'bout you, Jun? :)

12-24-2002, 03:19 AM




shiroi yuki

atarashii toshi

kibun ga aiki


white snow

new year

the feel is aiki


12-24-2002, 01:45 PM

white snow

new year

the feel is aiki

Where are you in Indonesia where you have snow?

(Lucky you. One of my more persistent memories of the archipelago is prickly heat...)

12-24-2002, 06:12 PM


of course there are no snow in Indonesia...

so far all the haiku I wrote refers to the northern hemisphere's seasons...

12-24-2002, 07:46 PM
Dew Dough, Carrot Tea

Aye Quay Doe in harmony ?

Much inn conman sea?

:triangle: :square: :circle:

12-26-2002, 05:59 AM
Rain on clay shingles

Smell of humid putrescence

And fried bananas

...there, is that a bit more like what you remember, Don?

12-31-2002, 11:12 AM
The clock struck midnight

Greeted by rain from the sky

The new year is here

12-31-2002, 11:24 AM



Stephanie Z.
12-31-2002, 06:44 PM
I've got a haku I wrote about playing 'Dodge the Ki ball' in Aikido class:

Inner music builds

Telling me I should move - now!

Ki ball hits the wall

Melissa Fischer
01-02-2003, 12:36 AM
Dark clouds threaten rain

Dojo calls come play, be safe

Here we practice peace.




There once was a mat that was dirty,

so dirty that Ikkyo hurty.

My face would be met

with people's old sweat

'till the cleaners turned dirty to purty!

Oops, how'd that get in there? (we got the mat cleaned for the new year at our place, spontaneous limericks arose, sorry).


Lan Powers
01-10-2003, 01:23 AM
so what's next? Aikido limericks?

There was a young uke from Barstow........

01-10-2003, 01:37 AM
... who was looking for a dojo

but don't know where to go

Lan Powers
01-10-2003, 02:53 AM
so what's next? Aikido limericks?

There was a young uke from Barstow........Perhaps better with

There was a young uke from Breighton,

Who never could flow with the Kaiten

Nagw would heave

The mat he would leave

His flight-en, in kaiten would frighten

:freaky: Sorry I had to get back up out of bed just to put this nasty thing here before I could sleep:D

01-10-2003, 08:50 AM
Job was hard to find

Schedule permits aikido

Something new to try

(okay, so I don't do aikido yet...but I will soon! 3 weeks!)

01-17-2003, 01:13 PM
round and round we flow

one, two - iriminage

where did sensei go?
:D reminds me of one time being uke in front of zillions of new students. Sensei did a form of irimi nage that went UP, then cut back down to the backs of the knees... Apparently the look on my face when he disappeared was priceless.

Which reminds me:

Training and springtime

Students, many as treebuds

Winter means less come

Hm... something just occurred to me to post as a separate thread... Hmmm.


02-01-2003, 09:51 AM
Firm Aikido stance
Fending off the mosquitoes...
Uke has no chance

I encourage everyone to write haikus on this thread. I've always had an affinity for this form of poetry.


02-01-2003, 06:54 PM
Graceful hakama...

The flow of the winter wind

Shares its harmony


02-13-2003, 12:22 PM
Sorry to revive an old thread...

"Learning 'Weird Kotegaeshi' from Imaizumi Sensei"

Watch Sensei once, twice

Weird Kotegaeshi, Uke falls

We all grin and bow

I stand there confused

Gentle hands push me forward

That way! Thanks Sensei

02-15-2003, 10:17 PM
wrists hurt, aching knees

lower back, just felt a crack

more Aikido please

02-15-2003, 10:36 PM
Advice from the wise

Sustains those who comprehend

Armor grows within

mike lee
02-16-2003, 03:16 AM
Two cardinals roost

On a cherry blossom tree...

What simple pleasure

This is the way haiku should be written. It shouldn't be self absorbed. Writing in such a way can teach one to not be so self absorbed.

02-16-2003, 12:08 PM
Yokomen uchi...

Choose in the blink of an eye

To enter or blend

02-16-2003, 12:27 PM
A gi white as snow

The mark of a beginner...

A valued uke

Aikido sensei

Guide students along the path...

Kohai witness light

mike lee
02-17-2003, 11:00 AM
A few notes on haiku.

The popularity of haiku was spread in the 17th Century by Basho, a Japanese traveller and student of Zen Buddhism. Basho, the pen name of Matsuo Munefusa (1644 - 1694), is the recognised master of the form and is renowned for infusing his verse with subtle allusiveness, leading to the haiku being adopted widely as a discipline used in the teaching of Zen philosophy. Basho痴 classic work, Oku-no-hosomichi (The Narrow Road To The Deep North, 1694), is an account of his travels to northern and western Honshu and is made up of haiku interspersed with passages of prose.

hills golden with sun

flowers offer their bounty

cloud shadows move on

02-17-2003, 12:27 PM
Hanmi handachi...

Nage is a sitting duck

Or so it may seem

Mike, thanks for the earlier complement.


kung fu hamster
02-21-2003, 04:10 PM
Crisp curl of incense

Head lifts, eyes keen, shoulders square

Hint of training past

Dirty Dogi
02-21-2003, 04:18 PM
Sweat collecting in

The sound of slaps on the mat

No more Ukemi

02-22-2003, 03:13 PM
:ai: :ki:

To enter deeply,

On eight paths of forgiveness,

Unbroken circle


cindy perkins
02-26-2003, 10:07 PM
Hair salon upstairs,

dust, cellar dampness, old sweat

well-loved smells of home

11-12-2003, 06:40 PM
Bokken free of dents...

Like a brand new beginner

Who will take some hits


11-13-2003, 08:18 AM
Enter from the North

Flow like Water into Ice

Id like to change this one:

Enter from the North

Flow like Water into Ice

Go to the Center of Mind

:: I liked it so i felt like changing it... PM me if u want me to remove it...

Kensho Furuya
11-13-2003, 08:28 AM

Chilled by the winter breeze,

Warmed by my students' hearts!

Daniel Mills
11-14-2003, 03:02 AM
Thunderous Imact

Three Hundred Plus Pounds Uke

Dreams Of Soft Breakfalls

Kensho Furuya
11-14-2003, 06:51 AM
Bowing heads,

Something good begins,

The sounds of Aikido.

Kensho Furuya
11-14-2003, 01:15 PM
Black & white (belts),

All practicing together!

What's the difference?

11-14-2003, 05:13 PM
Started writing haiku and practising Aikido at the same time a few years back. Currently travelling from the South to the North of Britain, training in Aikido (many thanks Renshinkan) and writing haiku along the way. Putting together my own version of Basho's, "Narrow road to the Interior (deep North), I now realise! A few not yet drafted:

Rucksack snail

Without a trail passing

Through the winter world.

From door to door,

Bowing to the shared life,

The aiki hobo.

Fishing again

Too tired to explain

The weapons bag.

添es sensei

I bow and sweat leaps into

The old tatami.

( After Basho痴 famous frog/pond poem).

A peach within a stone,

So much kindness inside

These dojo walls.

Re from. Like most western haiku poets I致e abandoned the 5,7,5 structure. It痴 not essential to haiku but can be fun to work in. To me the essence of haiku, is immediacy, humour, subtle metaphor and pictorial beauty. To hint at what can't be said, like the farmer in the hakiu who points the way with a raddish!




11-14-2003, 05:15 PM
Ah, fooled again by these ifernal machines! Every 3 lines is a different poem. Not one big thing.



Kensho Furuya
11-14-2003, 06:46 PM
The gleaming, sharp sword,

Cuts without fail!

No one there. . . .

11-14-2003, 09:30 PM
is it a haiku

if the structure does not hold

form traditional?

where are the seasons

metaphorical ramblings

which make a haiku?

in translation

from Japanese to English

can we hold to form?

and would it work

to take it then from English

back to Japanese?

i believe in lineage

within tradition evolve

to find my place

for i have not earned

as yet like Kensho Sensei

right to improvise.

Kensho Furuya
11-15-2003, 12:22 AM
Haha! Many thanks - I have had a breakfast named in my honor, but this is the first time I have been mentioned in a poem!

In Japanese haiku and poetry, the number of syllables is important because then, in Japanese, we have to think of an ingenuous way in which to arrange the words. . . . this is part of the challenge. Haiku is an abbreviated form of the longer "renga" or linked verse style of poetry. As you well know, "form" is very important in all of the Japanese arts and disciplines.

Of course, Mencius first asked this question (in regards to form): "When carving the handle of an axe, where do you look?"

The answer is "the hand." By studying the hand in which the handle must fit, we can understand the form the axe handle should take. In Eastern thinking, all form has this kind of reasoning and logic behind it. . . . . .

Thanks again.

11-15-2003, 08:31 AM
I would argue that the form of haiku is fundamentally different from the form of aikido. The Japanese language is not like the English language, while the Japanese body and heart seem similar to me. Could anyone offer a reason why the 5, 7, 5 structure is appropriate for English (while obviously a sankyo works on any nationality of wrist).

Respect for tradition is great, and its fun to play with syllables, but ultimately it doesn't matter a jot as far as poetry is concerned. You don稚 have to earn the write (I mean right) to freedom of expression, its traditions that have to earn respect, by example (and here the western haiku tradition is not so structured) or by reasoned argument. In this respect the pen and sword are not in accord.



Kensho Furuya
11-15-2003, 08:50 AM
Sword and pen,

Hear the chirping birds?

The spring breeze and old pine are one!

11-15-2003, 08:50 AM
and what would it be

this breakfast of champions

named for you, Sensei?

11-15-2003, 08:51 AM
because it is the

form which makes the haiku

different from a poem

Kensho Furuya
11-15-2003, 09:04 AM
Qatana, thank you very much. No - I am a long way from "breakfast of champions" but thanks so much anyways. There was an old diner in downtown LA which flourished in the days of trains and railways and lost a lot of customers when shipping became faster by air. It was called "Nick's" - an old 50's style diner. A friend of mine took it over, a retired detective for the LAPD. Best French toast in town which I used to enjoy - so he named it after me. Haha - "the Kensho Special" -French toast, orange juice and coffee. The old waitress, so friendly, had been there for 35 years before retiring. . . . . It was a great place! Thanks for the memories. . . . .

Old Nick's!

Waiting for the coffee to brew,

A time long ago. . . .

Kensho Furuya
11-15-2003, 09:31 AM
Dear Qatana:

I live in my dojo in Downtown Los Angeles, between Little Tokyo and the Artists' District but very near the old flower and produce markets. Although it is different today, old coffee shops like Nick's served great home style cooking starting about 1:30am in the morning and usually closing down at 9:30am in the morning. Many people, like the general public, never knew these coffee shops even existed! They served the early workers in the central flower and produce markets, city-workers, cops pulling all-nighters, truck drivers from all across the nation - such a down-to-earth, totally friendly bunch of people with no pretentions at all. We all recognized each other and chatted like old friends so early in the morning yet we hardly knew each other's names. In those days, I usually rose at 3:30am, had coffee and returned to the dojo to do my writing and studies. I would meet a few of my students at the temple by 6:00am for sitting meditation and begin my temple chores by 8:00am before the others arrived at 9:00am. Back to the dojo by 4:00pm, to clean-up and start classes. . . . . in bed by midnight. But times changed, downtown changed, my Zen master passed away, other teachers passed away, the dojo became more busy. . . . .

Like an incense stick!

We enjoy Life's fragrance,

As we disappear.

11-15-2003, 03:31 PM
Like an incense stick!

We enjoy Life's fragrance,

As we disappear.
That is a fantastic haiku.


Kensho Furuya
11-15-2003, 10:08 PM
Thank you! And best wishes,

Kensho Furuya
11-16-2003, 11:31 AM
Smiling little kids,

Tumbling, stumbling on the mats,

True Aikido!

11-16-2003, 06:30 PM
Ducklings don't walk straight,

Filled with curiosity.

Aikido future!

Kensho Furuya
11-16-2003, 06:56 PM
Late students,

Rushing in so hurriedly,

Dutifully, I frown and growl,


Liz Baron
11-17-2003, 04:32 PM
Autumn leaf carpet,

Misty drizzle falling. Oops!

Ukemi waza

Kensho Furuya
11-17-2003, 06:31 PM
Autumn leaves!

Taking ukemi, falling. . . .

Better than me!

11-19-2003, 09:26 AM
wet red runny nose

in a hot steamy dojo

still do kokyu-ho

Kensho Furuya
11-19-2003, 09:58 AM
Mr. Runny Nose,

Spreading more "joy" in the dojo?


Sorry, couldn't resist! Hahaha!

11-19-2003, 10:03 AM
hiding in blue flowers

black cat takes maai and springs

flying leap ukemi

11-19-2003, 10:59 AM
Kittens train with joy,

Roll all around with big eyes,

Still have sharp claws, Ouch!

11-20-2003, 11:20 AM
one month skip by

ms. runny nose still hangs around

aat~choo!! why no one follows?

fortunately no one got the flu at the dojo - i think due to strong ki :P but everyone in the office got it...

* * *

sun is striking hard

wind is imagination

hit that AC on!

Kensho Furuya
11-20-2003, 12:24 PM
Mr. Runny Nose

Spreading his "ki" in practice,

Why does my head feel so hot?


Lately, the weather in Los Angeles is so crazy, one day so hot and the next day so cold. I think the "ki" of our weather here is off!

kung fu hamster
11-20-2003, 04:25 PM
Spreading his 'nose ki'?!

Reach out and tweak his honker -

Ain't that the zen way?

(Furuya Sensei, I always enjoy your stories and recollections, do please keep them coming...)


Kensho Furuya
11-20-2003, 04:39 PM
Tweaked on the nose,

Get your finger cut off,

Or smacked in the head,

It is all the same in Zen.

Hahahah, just kidding. . . . .

Never chatted with a hamster before,

What a great honor and pleasure!

My best and thanks!

11-20-2003, 05:47 PM
From these red nose clouds

the mat drenched with sweet drizzle;

young clouds unhindered

(apologies to Shitou and Dogen)

Andrea Demel
11-20-2003, 09:14 PM
White, starched, brand-new gi,

Beginner enters dojo,

Leaves with much respect.

Sorry, couldn't resist, this describes me, since I just began aikido.

Kensho Furuya
11-20-2003, 10:12 PM
Brand new keiko-gi,

Brand new mind,


Congratulations on entering the Aikido Path!

Derek Dunham
11-24-2003, 06:29 PM
Summer sun ripens

Blossoms drift through fragrant winds

Smiling red faces


Taught hand grips white sleeve

Crisp breeze wraps gi clad whirlwind

First breakfall practice


Cool air fills warm lungs

Fire and ice swim through veins

Hot dojo, cold night

Kensho Furuya
11-24-2003, 06:47 PM
Not as warm as the sounds of training,

Not as warm as the students' smiles,

Not as warm as their nightly goodbyes,

This old heater in my cold office!

11-25-2003, 08:01 AM
black coulds gather

cold water pours furiously

mind freezing

Sharon Seymour
11-25-2003, 07:04 PM
This cat knows secrets,

sitting quietly all day

doing not-doing


Quietly, red leaves

drift into tempting piles

scrunch! crunch! scuffling shoes

Kensho Furuya
11-25-2003, 07:31 PM
The sleeping cat,

Really sleeping?


11-26-2003, 09:30 AM
and as i read this

look outside the back window

cat springs from the weeds

Kensho Furuya
11-26-2003, 09:38 AM
Hahah! My neighbor's cats are destroying my garden at the moment, sleeping on the plants. What to do!

One of the great classics on swordsmanship, uses this idea of the "sleeping cat." Is the cat sleeping? Or, is the cat awake and ready to ponce? No one can tell! This is related to swordmanship in which the mind and body achieve a state where it is difficult to detect any movement or intention. . . . . We see this motif on early sword fittings of the pre-Edo Period, late Muromachi Period, so we know that this is a very popular idea among smaurai warriors early on. On one of the buildings, within the compound of Toshogu, the tomb of the 1st Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu, there is a famous carving of the sleeping cat, said to be carved by Hidari Jingoro.

At the moment, however, I just wish they wouldn't play in my garden! Hehehe!

Happy Thanksgiving

Kensho Furuya
12-03-2003, 12:09 AM
Real Samurai,

No longer here day,

Just the shadow of my sword.

12-03-2003, 12:59 AM
Real Samurai

Maybe it is only myth

But the heart is true

Kensho Furuya
12-03-2003, 09:48 AM
Real Samurai,

Surely not a myth,

A true heart lost!

12-03-2003, 10:33 AM
Once was a true heart

Only sleeping never lost

Need to awake it

Kensho Furuya
12-03-2003, 11:10 AM
Drawing this fine, old blade,

It shines so bright,

The true warrior spirit!

Kensho Furuya
12-04-2003, 07:35 AM

Not Aikido or Ki,

Just a cold!

12-04-2003, 09:32 AM
Zen master Ah-choo

valuable to stay in bed

sometimes all day long....


have some chicken soup

drink lots of tea and water

you will get well soon

Kensho Furuya
12-04-2003, 09:42 AM
Chicken soup at Canter's

Cures all colds,


Many thanks!

12-04-2003, 12:51 PM
Real Samurai?

Perhaps Tom Cruise's wisdom

Will enlighten us?


Kensho Furuya
12-04-2003, 06:56 PM
Top Gun!

Please don't cut yourself,

It's sharp!

Kensho Furuya
12-05-2003, 07:48 AM
Nasty cold!

No practice for now,

Just cough and sneeze!

kung fu hamster
12-05-2003, 08:30 AM
Big box of Kleenex

Zen master tweaks his own nose -

Take care and get well...!


Kensho Furuya
12-05-2003, 10:10 AM

The gentle breeze thru the pine -


Race horses win by a nose,

Aikido teachers are felled by one!


12-05-2003, 11:53 PM
Sroooot! Sniff! Chooo!

Virtual student from far away land.

Here to accompany your misery.


much ki flying down

from all that sunshine in LA

get well soon sensei!

Kensho Furuya
12-06-2003, 01:05 AM
Many thanks!


Humans being are not so superior as we think!

A-choo again!

Best wishes, and please don't catch a cold, everyone!

12-06-2003, 05:41 AM
First season's snowfall,

Blanketing the darkened streets,

Please don't cancel class!

Kensho Furuya
12-06-2003, 06:31 AM
Sensei is down,

But never the dojo!

Sniffle, achoo!

I have many good assistants here who do a better job than me! Many thanks!

12-07-2003, 03:13 AM
hard-way learning softens

battered ego's brittle fall

maybe uke knows

Kensho Furuya
12-07-2003, 07:48 AM

With or without it,

I am still me.

12-08-2003, 01:40 AM
Neighbor wants me out

Grandfather Korea snows

white out in morning


Kensho Furuya
12-08-2003, 09:48 AM
Spring breeze,

One million years old, yet so fresh,

When do you return again?

12-08-2003, 09:24 PM
springtime in autumn

green grass growing on the hills

heartbreak blooms forever

12-09-2003, 07:51 AM
Defragment your mind

Get your priorities straight

Let yourself be free

12-10-2003, 06:38 PM
so hard to believe

despite the hopeful spirit

harvesting in rain


concentrate, relax

distracted by falling leaves

lifeless blossom flies

Olga Mihailova
12-11-2003, 04:39 AM
Summer camp's pictures

Full of happy smiles and sun

Ice wind of December

* * *

The thread is great! I have rewritten some 15 haiku, translated them into Russian and showed my fellow Aikidoka. They liked it! Furuya-san, what you write is wonderful. Thank you!

12-11-2003, 07:33 AM
The mind in turmoil

I feel like I'm in a dream

It's there but it's not

12-11-2003, 09:33 AM
"Yes Sensei",

sweat leaps from his brow

into the old tatami.

(After Basho's fog/ pond poem).

Derek Dunham
12-12-2003, 02:37 PM
Hands, feet, body, mind.

Become more than your body;

Peace with creation.


Earth turns around sun.

Spining through void, verdigo.

Sensei can throw hard!

12-26-2003, 06:39 PM
grip with hands like wood

ki just bristles up my arm

sensei melting ice

:ai: :ki:

07-17-2004, 05:32 PM
It is communication!
In myriad forms

07-17-2004, 08:10 PM
Aikido haiku,
Our poetry thread lives on.
Hurray! I'm so glad.

07-17-2004, 10:48 PM
It's chill in the morning,

Sensei is happy. Song sounds from above

Bird returned into dojo today.

08-24-2004, 08:08 PM
View cherry blossoms
Hear Sakura Sakura
Feel Simplicity


08-24-2004, 08:54 PM
Moons wind play fast

an autumn duel in the nights caress

swords clash gone unknown

08-24-2004, 08:59 PM
a symbol of honor

the soul of the samurai razor sharp

beauty in steel

08-24-2004, 10:26 PM
a symbol of honor

the soul of the samurai razor sharp

beauty in steel

Now that I think about it, the last line would sound better as

"tradition in steel."

08-25-2004, 12:00 AM
shomenuchi strike!
stillness, then sudden motion.
i see the ceiling.

09-13-2004, 06:19 PM
(Not aikido related, but I think phylosophycal enaugh)

I'm looking into sky at night
I see a lot of stars in height
And billions that I have missed
Which does not mean they don't exist

08-01-2006, 07:37 PM
From the pre-eminent novel :) , "The Sands of Erebus:"

Haiku...Jack thought...at first glance simple, yet in truth a most sophisticated vehicle for expression...my favorite type of poem...no room in a haiku for detailed description...a reader must see between the lines...fill in the gaps to paint his or her own picture.

08-01-2006, 08:35 PM
I suck at these things
But i finally managed
To write one. Hooray!

James Davis
08-03-2006, 11:24 AM
Tossing Tim around,

Having some fun in the park.

Crap. Here come the cops. :D

08-03-2006, 01:42 PM
seventeen dark strikes
cut into silence for what?
Touch poetry now.

Mark Uttech
08-03-2006, 02:00 PM
The younger they are,
the samurai fantasies
the ninja turtles

Ron Tisdale
08-03-2006, 02:08 PM
Aikidoka we are
Poets we are not
Big surprise

08-10-2006, 04:56 PM
a symbol of honor

the soul of the samurai razor sharp

beauty in steel
This is my bokken
There are many like it but
This bokken is mine.

Adapted from Neal Stephenson adapting the Marine Corps...

08-10-2006, 05:16 PM
Worn as an old shoe,
this thread is like an old friend:
comfortable, there.

Mike Sigman
08-10-2006, 05:20 PM
Worn as an old shoe,
this thread is like an old friend:
comfortable, there.

Ideas departed
And since then
The thread has never ended.

08-10-2006, 06:27 PM
Ideas departed
And since then
The thread has never ended.
Neverending thread,
ebbs and flows, gives and takes. We
watch; ideas float by.

Mike Sigman
08-10-2006, 06:33 PM
Neverending thread,
ebbs and flows, gives and takes. We
watch; ideas float by.

Ideas float by
like limbs in Spring floods.

08-10-2006, 10:29 PM
cat sleeping on desk
full moon, falling stars hidden (http://stardate.org/nightsky/meteors/)
and no thoughts for aikido.

heaven sings to us
Perseus (http://stardate.org/nightsky/meteors/) casts his arrows
open eyes listen

08-10-2006, 10:54 PM
Choked with limbs and twigs,
the stream is burdened. Blocked? No,
minnows wriggle through.

08-10-2006, 10:57 PM
You think you know me,
how I'll move, where I'll step, why.
I could surprise you.

I enter, you veer,
matching move for move, until ...
Kuzushi! Who falls?

Mike Sigman
08-11-2006, 07:48 AM
A strand fails
in the universal matrix.

James Davis
08-11-2006, 11:10 AM

Sweeping 'round to take your head

Get outta the way!

08-11-2006, 02:36 PM
blinding summer sweat
unrelenting chudan tski
impassive heavens

Mike Sigman
08-11-2006, 07:06 PM
Salted eyes,
Hot wet cotton.
Roll again.

08-11-2006, 07:58 PM
Lead and follow,
follow and lead;
the difference is perceived
only from outside.

Mark Freeman
08-12-2006, 05:57 AM
Tatami dust rises
nose twitches,

Mark Uttech
08-12-2006, 07:25 AM
Dojo mat is worn
Now we truly
walk on waves.

08-12-2006, 08:25 AM
Coming out of the past,
moving into the future,
my present is continuous, ever returning.

Mike Sigman
08-12-2006, 10:36 AM
Tatami dust rises
nose twitches,
Cute, Mark. ;) Now, back atchoo.

Gernot Hassenpflug
08-12-2006, 11:12 AM
Rising and falling,
erratic cherry blossoms --
too long in seiza.

10-22-2007, 04:20 PM
Crunching underfoot.
The autumn leaves have fallen.
Wait, that's my uke.

(Resurrecting threads
Long ago so popular.
Let there be new posts!)

-- Jun

Janet Rosen
10-22-2007, 04:57 PM
Technique unfolding
Wind flies freely cooling all
Damn obi untied

Mike James
10-22-2007, 05:13 PM
gently lead uke
bring them into your center
turn and find the Earth

Linda Eskin
09-25-2009, 08:29 AM
Oooh! I've got one!

Warm breeze, gentle mat.
Forms join, swirl as one, part,
Keeping connection.


09-26-2009, 06:38 PM
Yokumen uchi
I give an all out attack
I see the ceiling.

Janet Rosen
09-26-2009, 08:02 PM
Row row row your boat
Funekoki yet again?
Life is but a dream

09-26-2009, 08:31 PM
Sensei teaches me
Never forget your power
It lives inside you

09-27-2009, 01:52 PM
Invisible Light
Suddenly I am transformed...
The Light escapes


09-27-2009, 04:06 PM
slowly through the mists
revelation starts to dawn...
my ukemi sucks.

10-04-2009, 09:22 PM
Jo upside the head
stars like autumn leaves float by
tatami feels nice

Erick Mead
10-04-2009, 09:48 PM
One hand now clapping
meets another in midair
bowing rise to strike

10-04-2009, 10:03 PM
Cease all resistance
Accept and join with Uke
Blend and become one.

10-05-2009, 08:19 AM
Read and Read and Read
Oh no! He痴 posted again!
Will this one make sense?

10-05-2009, 08:51 AM
Missed the atemi
Blood like spring's flood flows freely
Must get a new gi

08-15-2012, 01:00 AM
Explanation of Aiki
4 line haiku

Breathe, center yourself
Connection with your partner
Blending harmoniously
The mind that remains