Summary Aikidó 4/99

Miroslav Kodym: SEIZA
The first part of the article outlining the basic concepts, which you often meet in the theory and practice of traditional budo disciplines. One cannot try to get and explain the concepts only rationally. Understanding of their meaning is much more a matter of intuition and experience combining body, intelligence and emotions. That's why the article may contain only some theoretical notes. This part namely on the following key concepts: reishiki (etiquette) and respect forming considerably the working atmosphere; mu (nothing, the very contrary of being) and mushin (vacant mind) helping to forget the everyday troubles and to concentrate for a simple existence; ki (energy of life, mental power); hara (belly - centre of all life and physical power) and tanden (a part of hara, a point considered to be the source of the inner energy - ki).

The author describes the meaning of breath for various life functions, the difference between the breath concept in Europe and in the East (where the expire is emphasised and the idea of activation of particular body parts or organs by means of breathing is well known), relation with the central nervous system, normal and inverse breathing. The importance of breathing for the martial arts is mentioned. It is desirable to practise techniques improving (deepening) one's breath, which may improve both your body and mind.

Kende F. Csaba: GIRI
Several useful advices for Budo and Bujutsu beginners how to form one´s personality. Emphasising especially the true thinking, meeting one's duties, honest behaviour, and the art to separate the good from the evil, being loyal and respectful to the teachers, traditions etc.

Japanese myths on the universe beginning and appearance of the gods on the Earth from the "Chronicle of Ancient Tales" (recorded by Yasumaro in 712) serve as an invitation for the theatre performance prepared by the non traditional Czech theatre group Al-Kojiki on the occasion of the CAA AIKIDO SUMMER SCHOOL (Eeské Budijovice, July 24 - 30, 1999). The theatre play inspired by the myths goes on in the stories…

A schematic instruction how to fold an origami - an Aikido fighter in hakama.

V. Hotovec: WHERE DO MARTIAL ARTS TAKE ME TO or My voyage to the U.S.A.
Preparing the 5th Budo Festival in 2000 the author visited Houston and invited children from the KDOOA (Kick drugs out of America) Foundation, founded by Ch. Norris in 1990 to take part in the Festival. He visited several schools involved in the project. The author shares his personal experience with the readers (police watch at schools, a bomb at school during the graduation ceremony, a special way of martial arts training, national and individual pride of American people, meeting Mr. Craig - kendo).

Vladimír Hotovec: BUDO EVENING or BUDO BALL
To cancel the negative perceiving of the Budo disciplines among the public and to show the people practising the martial arts as the positively thinking people was the goal of the mentioned social event (organised by the author in the Pyramida Hotel, Prague, on April 23, 99). The author thanked to all sponsors and involved colleagues.

Tomáš Kyncl: HIDETAKA NISHIYAMA, the 9th DAN
A report on the first ITKF - International Traditional Karate Federation training course held in the Czech Republic (Brno, June 19-20, 1999). The course was lead by the ITKF president and founder Mr. Hidetaka Nishiyama Sensei, the 9th Dan. The article brings a brief biography of this outstanding Funakoshi´s pupil, who lives since 1961 in the U.S. and describes the whole training course (the explication of the traditional karate concept, technical principles, kata concept, kumite techniques). Both Mr. Nishiyama and Czech traditional karate practitioners rate highly the event in Brno. Mr. Nishiyama promised to come next year again and accepted the official invitation for the 5th Budo Festival in 2000 as well.

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