Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > Websites

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-18-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
Chris Li
 
Chris Li's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido Sangenkai
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 3,079
United_States
Offline
Yasuo Kobayashi and Fumiko Nakayama - Living Aikido: Part 1

New blog post!

Yasuo Kobayashi and Fumiko Nakayama - Living Aikido: Part 1

Enjoy!

Chris

  Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2012, 08:20 AM   #2
gregstec
Dojo: Aiki Kurabu
Location: Elizabethtown, PA
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,110
United_States
Offline
Re: Yasuo Kobayashi and Fumiko Nakayama - Living Aikido: Part 1

Below are some excerpts from the interview that I find interesting - kind of adds credence to the position of those that claim there is a modern Aikido created by Doshu and the uchi deshi at his time; who were sent out to disseminate Aikido to the world under the Hombu umbrella - apparently, mostly not doing Ueshiba's Aikido.

Quote:
Moderator: Iimura sensei also started after the war, didn't he?

Kobayashi: I think that's right. Wasn't it around Showa year 24 or 25 (1949 or 1950)? The earliest one was Arikawa sensei, after that maybe Yamaguchi sensei and Tada sensei. After that was our generation, with Tada sempai, who's in France, and the other uchi-deshi who have scattered around the world.

Moderator: Around what year was that?

Kobayashi: Those who started from around Showa year 29 (1954) to Showa year 35 (1965) are now acting around the world as the backbone of the Aikikai.

Moderator: I have heard that prior to that time students were not allowed to enroll, was it about thirty years ago that this became permitted?

Kobayashi: That's right. At that time things were centered around Doshu (Ni-Dai Kisshomaru sensei), Morihei O-Sensei was in Iwama and was mostly absent. Doshu was still working, and I think that Tohei sensei (Koichi Tohei / 藤平光一) had gone to Hawaii."

Moderator: Who was leading the practices?

Kobayashi:
Practice was only in the morning and the evening. The morning training began at 6:30 and the evening training began around 5:00 or 6:00. Sometimes when I went Tada sensei would be teaching. Then Doshu would return around 6 or 6:30 and teach, or if he wasn't there then Tada sensei or other seniors would instruct."

Moderators: Who are your contemporaries from that time?

Kobayashi:
Of those still remaining, there are Yamaguchi sensei and Tada sensei who started before me, and Tamura sempai in France. Then there is Asai sensei in Germany. After that there's me, Mitsugi Saotome in America, and then about two years later Yamada in America, Chiba, Kanai, all uchi-deshi. Sugano was there too, he would commute to the Dojo."


Moderator:
Was the training method then different than it is now?

Kobayashi:
It was exactly the same, the same, but joint techniques, techniques that twisted and strengthened the joints, were the most common. To my recollection, techniques like Kokyu-nage were only done after we started giving demonstrations.

Since it would be just unbearable to watch everyone do Ikkyo or Nikyo (in a demonstration) they created techniques that could be done with a single movement. So, if you did those techniques in front of Ueshiba O-Sensei you would be scolded. He'd say things like - it's just impossible to throw anybody that way.

Moderator: Did O-Sensei use those kinds of techniques?     

Kobayashi: He would do techniques that were similar to Irimi-nage, but we were just imitating those things for the demonstrations. So if we did those things during training we would be scolded.

Moderator:
Did you practice those things when you were training on your own?

Kobayashi: Yes, that's right. When sensei came out it would be the end of the demonstration, so we were doing those things when he wasn't there."

Moderator:
How often did the Founder O-Sensei come to Tokyo at that time.

Kobayashi:
I can't really say. He'd appear if he got the urge, there were also times when he didn't train, and towards the end he'd pop-in suddenly now and then. He'd come out to practice, do what he wanted, and then just talk the rest of the time away, I can't really say how much he was there."
Greg

Last edited by gregstec : 11-21-2012 at 08:23 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Old Yesterday, 03:43 PM   #3
Chris Li
 
Chris Li's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido Sangenkai
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 3,079
United_States
Offline
Re: Yasuo Kobayashi and Fumiko Nakayama - Living Aikido: Part 1

Now available in Hungarian, courtesy of Aikido Újbuda Kör. The original English version is available on the Aikido Sangenkai blog.

Best,

Chris

  Reply With Quote
Old Today, 03:25 AM   #4
MRoh
Location: Dsseldorf
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 70
Germany
Offline
Re: Yasuo Kobayashi and Fumiko Nakayama - Living Aikido: Part 1

Quote:
Greg Steckel wrote: View Post
apparently, mostly not doing Ueshiba's Aikido.
Nobody could do Ueshiba's Aikido, except Ueshiba himself.

What considerations else form the basis of this statement?
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

Aikido DVDs and Video Downloads - by George Ledyard Sensei & other great teachers from AikidoDVDS.Com



Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:35 PM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate