Summary Aikidó 2/2001

Alice Kraemerová: MEMORIES OF THE SAMURAI FAME
A review of the exhibition arranged by the Náprstek Museum in Prague, Mar 22 – Sep 16, 2001. The article gives a brief historical outline of the samurai concept and a description of the exhibited objects, mostly of the Tokugawa period: swords, sword-protections and decoration, armour, xylographs and some more ethnographic objects that attracted the – in the article also mentioned – travellers and collectors who brought the exhibits to the Museum in the last about 120 years.

Vladislav Kukačka, Růžena Matajsová: POSSIBLE WAYS OF USING AIKIDO IN SELF-DEFENCE AND LEGAL EVALUATION OF DOING SO
The possibility of self-defence based on aikido and an interpretation of its legal consequences. It’s inevitable to have in mind the following principles: The self-defence must be urgent, it means that it must be applied only in case of need against forthcoming or existing attack and must be adequate to this attack. The way of judging the adequacy is rather problematic, that’s why it’s recommended to use those techniques that cause pain to the enemy but cannot harm the attacker’s health.

Miroslav Kodym: ”NEW STAR” OF THE CZECH AIKIDO HEAVEN; HOW WE ALSO MAY BE SEEN AND OUR SITUATION DISCUSSED OR HOW SOME OF US WISH TO BE SEEN…
This controversial article is a reaction to the new promoting activity of M. Quaranta – who among others is a CAA and SAA Technical Director´s assistant – in the Czech Republic in connection with his 2 Dojos in Prague and Děčín. The article brings M. Quaranta´s characteristic that is completed by an interview explaining his aikido practise and experience abroad (incl. the Czech Republic). As this information rather disappointed M. Kodym, he is trying then to sum up objectively the development of the Czech aikido, to evaluate correctly the role of foreign and Czech teachers and to express the proper position of M. Ikeda Shihan, the CAA Technical Director and, especially, his assistant Daniel Vetter in the Czech Aikido.

Vladimír Hotovec: TECHNICAL GRADES AWARDING
A reflection on the technical grades awarding inspired by a Patrik Orth´s article published in Magazine Aikido No. 1 is summing up the author’s 15 years experience in the martial arts, especially kendo. V. Hotovec co-created the Czech examination rules in kendo – after the Polish pattern - that are rather strict and were criticised. The questions of strictness, motivation, quality and quantity in the world context are discussed.

Miroslav Kodym: ARMED TRAINING IN THE AIKIDO KENKYUKAI PRAHA DOJO (part VI) – HAIAWAZA
The description and explanation of the Pascal Krieger’s Kata ”Haiawaza” dedicated to the AKP Dojo. Haiawaza combines all the aikiken techniques and may be hold for a special contribution of M. Ikeda Aikido School to the world aikido.

John Stevens: KI – THE UNIVERSAL ENERGY
Ing. L. Gambesan translated John Steven’s book ”The Secret of Aikido” which is to be published by the FIGHTERS publishing company in Autumn 2001. A part of one its chapter concerning Ki is reprinted here.

Martin Poláček: FROM THE LETTERS TO MY FRIENDS (IV)
Continued quoatations from Martin´s letters sent from Japan, Katsuura, where he takes courses in The International Budo University. The selection has relation mainly with the themes interesting most probably all Aikido readers, namely with the professional budo matters, international university milieu and useful personal everyday experience.
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Miroslav Kodym: TAKEN FROM THE AKP LIFE
Author’s observations and glosses this time on: AKP Demonstration presented during the Allkampf Jitsu Republic Championship in Kladno, May 19; Regional CAA Tutorial, organised by AC Novazem Písek, lead by R. Růžička, May 18–19; Regional CAA Tutorial, organised by ACT TJ JE Dukovany Třebíč, lead by M. Kodym, May 19–20; Regional CAA Tutorial, organised by Yoshinkan Nové Město nad Metují, lead by M. Kodym, May 25–27; M. Quaranta´s Internal Tutorial in Aikido Ikeda Dojo Děčín, May 26–27; Regional CAA Tutorial, organised by Kashiwa Mladá Boleslav, lead by R. Růžička, May 26–27.