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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 General MAD music/aikido/dance Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #28 New 11-05-2010 12:04 PM
MAD music/aikido/dance Don't, more music, don't stop the dance
Bryan Ferry

Some teachers teach aikido like dance - in a way that's not at all martial. I have seen synchronized demonstrations where everyone is doing the same technique in the same way at the same time like synchronized swimming. Hapkido is a Korean martial art derived from Daito Ryu aikijujutsu. It is written 合気道 the same as aikido. In hapkido they use music as a background for training.

At the bottom of a forum thread about dancing http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18894 there was a serendipitous link to a very interesting article, Deep Within Or Dancing Around by Paul Schweer http://www.aikiweb.com/columns/pschweer/2006_12.html.

His guitar teacher told him to play the chord like it wants to be played. That's the way to do aikido too.

There are some clear parallels between budo and music and dancing that go beyond body movement. Timing and rhythm and flow, for example. And ma ai - the critical distance (the ma ai in music is in rests and breaks). And balance. And connection.

If we look more closely at what O Sensei was doing at the end of his life perhaps it's not a parallel at all. Maybe that's what O Sensei was really doing. Maybe he was dancing. I don't mean in that diluted way of some budo training. I mean real dancing. Dancing from his soul. Dancing for the gods.

picture of Matisse's Dance (La Danse) from Wikipedia used under creative commons licence

niall matthews 2010
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RSS Feed 20 Responses to "MAD music/aikido/dance"
#5 11-09-2010 04:11 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall; I enjoyed the blog very much and agree that in his soul O' Sensei was dancing and this dance was reflected in his eyes and head movements. I really enjoyed Carina's video clip the dance was nice, but in Aikido they were all upper body rather than lower body which surprises me from dancers. Who was the Aikido Sensei in Japan that came from ballet, was it Nishino? Best Billy
#4 11-07-2010 04:52 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Linda. Best of luck for your test. And I liked the poem in Rivers and Stars.
#3 11-06-2010 09:29 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
Nice post. I'll keep it in mind while training (and playing guitar). Not at the same time. ;-)
#2 11-05-2010 06:35 PM
niall Says:
Thanks, Carina. That's a really funny clip!
#1 11-05-2010 06:23 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Nice post, yes maybe O'Sensei was dancing it is a good thought, Perhaps you already saw this, if not enjoy it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6GAQ3-X3Ro all the best Carina

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