Summary Aikidó 6/2001

Ivan Fojtík: THE ART OF AN AMAZING CAT
The second and concluding part of an old Taoist and Zen story after Mr. K.G. Dürckheim. See Aikido 5/2001.
Peter Goldsbury: OMOTE AND URA
M. Kodym's translation of the article published in a special issue of International Aikido Federation News-letter on the occasion of World Games in the Hague 1993. Dr. P. Goldsbury teaches English at the Hiroshima University, he is the 5th Aikikai Dan bearer and the actual IAF chairman. This is another of the significant serious Goldsbury's reflections on philosophy, practice and policy in Aikido. On the relationship of the opposite double concepts "omote and ura", possibly "soto and uchi" or "tatemae and honne" he tries to explicate, thanks to his own long-time living experience in the Japanese reality, giving also practical exam-ples, the difference between the Japanese and Western cultures and its influence on the world aikido practice.
Malcolm T. Shewan: KI-KEN-TAI or 100 % UTILIZATION OF PERSONAL POTENTIALITY
An article taken over from the journal Contact 2/2001 (published by Shung Do Kwan club, Geneva, 3 times a year). The richly illustrated contribution instructs the reader how to gain the correct contact between the fighter and the earth and especially between the fighter and his bokken, where the hand plays the main role.
Pascal Krieger: CONCEPTS
M. Kodym's translation of the "Concepts" chapter from P. Krieger's book "Jodo - the way of jo" published in Geneva 1989. P. Krieger, an outstanding Suisse martial artist, high judo, jodo, iaido and shodo grades bearer and translator's good friend is well known in the Czech Republic not only for his two tutorials held in AKP Dojo in Balkan, for his budo demonstrations during Budo festivals in Prague but also as a master of calligraphy due to the exhibition and publication of 1998. Special attention in the mentioned text is paid to the following concepts that must be accepted by the body, intellect and sense simultaneously: junanshin or nyunanshin - the inventive mind based on patience, belief, humbleness, flexible mind and frankness, all these principles must be strengthened since the start till the end of one's way; zanshin - the state of awareness both formal and inner one, which is to be trained since the very beginning, but gradually; metsuke - the visual concentration which is one of the most visible components of zanshin, the aim is to be able to see everything without disclosing oneself; shisei - bearing, that must harmonically combine the physical pose with the psychical attitude; and maai - the optimal martial distance between the enemies, which depends on the used arms, there are three grades of it, which are described in more details. To be continued in future.
Miroslav Kodym: ARMED TRAINING IN THE AIKIDO KENKYUKAI PRAHA DOJO (part IX) - IAI-KEN-AIKI-JUTSU OR "A FAIRY-TALE ON THE AIKIDO ORIGIN"
Another part of the technical glossary and instructions, this time on Iai-Ken-Aiki-Jutsu - a technique poeti-cally denominated by the author as "A fairy-tale on the Aikido origin", a technique of taking away the enemy's bokken using one's own bokken that the author borrowed from his teachers M. Jaccoud and G. Mezzo.
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Miroslav Kodym: TAKEN FROM THE AKP LIFE
Author's observations and glosses this time on: National CAA Tutorial held in TJ Spoje, lead by D. Vetter, Dec 1-2; Regional CAA Tutorial organised in Vsetín, lead by R. Růžička, Dec 14-16; AKP & AID Tutorial and examinations lead by M. Kodym in TJ Spoje, Dec 15-16; Aikido in the TV entertaining programme "If you say a profession", ČT1, Dec 16; 2nd Misogi in AID VŠTJ Praha, lead by M. Jaccoud and M. Kodym, Dec 19; M. Jaccoud's and M. Kodym's visit to the new CAA vice-president and tea master in Kutná Hora, Dec 20; AKP & AID VŠTJ Christmas party, Dec 21; traditional 10th Misogi harai in the AKP Dojo, Dec 31.