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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"
#20 08-07-2011 08:59 AM
niall Says:
Yes nice counterpoint!
#19 08-05-2011 12:55 PM
guest1234567 Says:
This is about karate and jazz, but I think it is interesting too.
#18 08-05-2011 03:37 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina!
#17 08-04-2011 02:29 AM
guest1234567 Says:
I found two nice videos of contemporary dance and aikido, the first one with a jo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIQ_Q-S8P4E and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9y2UQX9PaQ I hope the readers of this post will like it
#16 01-26-2011 07:15 AM
niall Says:
Sounds good. It depends on the point your teacher is trying to emphasize but naturally even if it looks like a dance there should never be any suki - weak points.
#15 01-25-2011 05:19 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Today my teacher had pain in the coxis,he did not take ukemis, but showed us a beautiful iriminage from shomen,putting the arm extended above the arm of uke, letting uke pass, like dancing after that beginning with the same movements we did some techniques more: kokyunage forwards and backwards, sotokaiten and udegarami, very relaxed but with the hips.. just like dancing
#14 12-01-2010 07:39 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Never give up, sure you will
#13 12-01-2010 07:02 AM
niall Says:
Very cool Carina! The tango is such a great dance. Hope I master it one day...
#12 11-30-2010 05:30 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Here some exercises for the legs, very good to improve our aikido http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYWFuyznWgg
#11 11-11-2010 09:00 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Billy. Of course I agree with you about Asoh Sensei and Arikawa Sensei. Yeah, truth is a good word for aikido. Cheers, Niall
#10 11-11-2010 05:39 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall; Me again (not busy at work today). About my the most impressive sensei, for me, I believe it was; their commitment to Aikido and their teaching of Aikido; their honesty and their 'no frills' characters. I think we are back to that word again 'Truth'. Best, Billy
#9 11-11-2010 05:10 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall; Yes, I remember this and you telling me about it, I think that's how I was able to remember his name. I watched Youtube videos of Nishino Sensei and Kaoru Yumi, I have great difficulty in believing the no-touch Aikido. I want to believe it, but somehow I can't. For me, the three most impressive Aikido sensei were; Asoh, Arikawa and Saito Sensei: The least impressive was Yamaguchi Sensei, he had an empty hole where his heart should have been. Oops!! Best, Billy
#8 11-10-2010 09:09 AM
niall Says:
I mentioned Kozo Nishino in the no-touch aikido post. Then-Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba talked to Asoh Sensei about him once when I was there. At that time he was becoming quite well-known and was featured in magazines and on TV.
#7 11-10-2010 04:46 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall; Thanks for the link to Kozo Nishino, wow he does look great for his age, better than great. Very interesting, I will also look up Kaoru Yumi as well. Interesting that Kozo Nishino is also a Shihan in Kung-fu as well as Aikido. Best, Billy
#6 11-09-2010 04:43 AM
niall Says:
Hi Billy. Yes that was Kozo Nishino. This is a biography: http://www.nishinojuku.com/english/e.../e_nishi_.html (Looking pretty good for 84!). One of his students was Kaoru Yumi - she used to do a demonstration at the All-Japan embu with music and lights.

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