Dear TWA Members,
best wishes for a peaceful, healthy and happy new year
from Kenji Shimizu & Kenta Shimizu & Kensho Shimizu
by Johanna Koerner (Herlev/Denmark)
This is, in a sense, my thank you letter to Shimizu Sensei, Wakasensei, Birgit-san and every single person in Tendokan.
I want to say that my travel to Tokyo did not start in the beginning of May. It started when I graduated from my high school in the summer a year ago with the wish of a gap year consisting of work and eventually some travel. A lot of European youths travel in my age (19 years old), and so it also felt natural for me to play with the thought of combining this travel with my wish for putting more time and effort into my Aikido.
And so the idea of going to Tendokan and experience the ambiance and intensity of the practice there was born last summer.
There have been some graduations on the seminars of Shimizu Sensei and Wakasensei in Europe
by Dr. Olaf Müller
The oscillations of the water level at coasts and tidal rivers are affected all over the world by the position of the moon and the sun. The magnitude of these oscillations is determined by the shape of the sea floor. You will find this natural principle also in Tendoryu Aikido.
Shimizu Sensei teaches that body and mind define the movement. The combined movement of shite and uke appears effortless and harmonious to the observer. The mind always exists in connection with a body. Body and mind are formed by practice and shaped by attitude.
To continuously break the balance of uke the oscillation of the combined movements must be at a maximum. The energy of this tidal sequence controls the whole movement. The absorption of the attack appears gentle, the flow of the combined forces calm and steadily and the immobilization or throw powerful.
To experience these tides there are no words necessary, they might even be obstructive. The dialog happens through sensation, realization and training. For this reason all aikidoka use the same approach to practice.
These characteristics are a strength of Tendoryu Aikido. It is on us to take advantage of these characteristics and experience it with joy.
Dear twa members,
thank you very much for paying the yearly membership fee, and thank you very much for not forgetting to state your name and membership number.
The others be reminded, to transfer the membership fee until January 31.
Let's start the new aikido year with a fresh spirit - with best regards from the Tendokan
We are at the begin of the new year 2017.
And I would like to express my gratitude to you, having dedicated yourself to aikido and supporting it.
Surpassing last year I want to unite with you this year again, strengthen body and mind by the means of aikido and proudly move forward on the path of Tendoryu Aikido.
Happy new year!
I wish you all a wonderful year. This year we are having the year of the rooster in Japan. And I want to flap my wings like a bird this year.