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Old 09-14-2008, 08:05 AM   #18
Erick Mead
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Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 10

Doug Walker wrote: View Post
"... sho chiku bai swordsmanship." ...So what struck me is his use of "Sho Chiku Bai no Kenpo" (松竹海[梅?]の剣法)as this is the name Shirata used for his ken teachings and is the first time I have ever heard the phrase in reference to Ueshiba. ... I am wondering if there is some more specific meaning or reference here. And are you aware of any other references that might clear up why this name is used in reference to swordwork connected to Ueshiba?
A translation of Abe Sensei's arrangement of the Doka has this:

The Pine, the Bamboo, and the Plum
The make up of Ki that we are training to purify
From where do they arise?
The Water and Fire of the change in the self.


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