One of the aikido principles is “keep your ki down”, implying that one’s ki should not be in the head, and the thinking process is shut down to allow the ki to flow. When I look at organisations or companies and detect that their resources and efforts go to enhance the byrocracy, grand titles and bonuses for the management, I feel disgusted. It is the same thing as in aikido practise one would on purpose develop stiffness, and the whole body would serve the head. That’s why it is important to me that the federation runs on a very light budget ( now the membership fee is 0€ ), and the resources are used to “feel the feet”: to organise seminars where people can meet and practise, and to create projects where capable teachers can assist clubs to develop, where-ever they are located ( see our page on “Projects” ). When benefits are directed, they should “go down” – to the beginner that just joined a club, to the lowest kyu-rank in a seminar, to a new club needing assistance. By watering the roots the plants grow, and only directing the ki down, the upper body stays soft.
The Japanese characters for MUSUBU and AWASE charactarize the spirit of AIKIDO. As a student of Endo Seishiro Shihan I could sense by body and mind the significance of joining with the opposite. To join the opponents KI is the key to enhance your own and your practice partners life. I admire the work of Kuribayashi Takanori Shihan, Matti Joensuu and Ariga Kaname, who spend examplary effort to share this spirit in daily KEIKO. Furthermore the meaning of joining our KI is also the meaning of KIMUSUBI DOJOS charter. As the secretary of KIMUSUBI DOJOS I see the unique chance to refer my personal experiences to other AIKIDOKA and maintain a constant stream of exchange. I highly appreciate to host the KIMUSUBI DOJOS Yudansha Easter seminar in aikido forum kishintai in Köln. This event brings out the practical realization of the spirite of AIKIDO and enables me to give what I was given.
When I look at what the guys have written above, I feel embarrassed – for them. High-flying dogmas has never been my interest. There’s this concept, and that principle, and yet another Japanese word to describe a method until all you can say in desperation is “Empty Mind”. I’m natural at that, your average feet-on-the-ground guy trying to fix some stiff shoulders and attitudes. Mostly my own. It’s my interest to improve communications, and I have even some diplomas to prove it. The principle: ”You teach what you want to learn” applies. The point is, there’s far too little real communications going on and far too little humour. Which wasn’t the case in the last BB seminar. Of course, that humour should not be extended to finances. There’s a balance in everything.
Statuts of Kimusubi Dojos: