Archive 2011

IPAAN International Newsletter

October – December (Q4) 2011

Editor: Lawrence Warry

Updated 3rd of October 2011

1.The dangerous Mongolian Adventure.
2. Dimensions of the Basics.
3. Announcements.
4. Japanese Word: Renzoku (continuation).
5. Quote

It’s been a rainy summer in Holland but as we enter the autumn in October and beyond, there an unexpected Indian Summer being enjoyed by a pleased Dutch population. The Netherlands is one of the countries which have a diversity of Aikido senseis and shihans that visit the country yearly. The different aikido groups of Holland are umbrellared by a recently formed organisation (Aikido Nederland) which takes care to allow groups their own autonomy and aikido following at the same time as providing a single channel of administration for insurance and teacher trainings as well as organising major seminars (such as that of Doshu in 2010). Aikido Nederland will also be organising the 50th anniversary of Aikido in the Netherlands event which takes place on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of October. More information to be found on the website of Aikido Nederland. In this newsletter, we have an article from Leisinger sensei, 6th dan aikikai, giving an interesting angle about the Mongolian adventure that O-Sensei undertook in his younger years as well as my own article about different dimensions in which to explore the basics of aikido.
– Lawrence Warry

1. The dangerous Mongolian Adventure of O Sensei by K.F. Leisinger, 6th dan aikikai
Preleminary factsMorihei Ueshiba, the creator of Aikido, often also named as O Sensei, first met in December 1919 Onisaburo Deguchi, the leader of Omoto Kyu, a prospering “new religion” as it was mentioned at this time. He was very impressed by the charismatic personality of Onisaburo. In spring of 1920 he brought his family to Ayabe, where the Omoto Kyu had its residence. From the beginning of his membership at Omoto Kyu he belonged to the inner circle around the second leader Onisaburo Deguchi. O Sensei opened there his first Dojo with the name “Juku Dojo” to teach the members of Omoto Kyu at Ayabe in martial arts techniques.The time of O Senseis changing for living in Ayabe was also the time, where the spread of the Omoto religion were greatest. In August 1920 Onisaburo Deguchi bought the newspaper “Taisho Nichinichi Shimbun” , a leading daily of the time. With this Omoto began to become a problem for some ruling circles and governmental authorities. Omoto was trying over the “Taisho Nichichi Shimbun” to convey the message of an impending crisis.Over this a new theory – what they called “Divine 1921 Reconstruction Theory”- spread out like wildfire, especially fanned by an infantile and fanatic part of Omoto, which had erratic thoughts in their heads. Although Omoto has edited 1918 in Omotos periodical an article from its editor Tenko Tomokiyo, entitled “Movement for the Reconstruction of the world of God and Mankind”, Onisaburo Deguchi, anticipating the counter-stroke of the government, wanted that those, who maintaining that there should be a total reconstruction in 1921, should better leave the Omoto community. Although that crazy fuss about “reconstruction” never had been defined and shown, what it really means, the Japanese Government was stirred up.Even at schools Omoto began to become influence on the pupils. It was accused to lead the religious indoctrination away from the old religions, acknowledged by the authorities of Japan, and a growing influence into aristocracy and nobility one could see.The over the years growing suspicion of the Japanese Government vented at the 12th February 1921 on Omoto Kyo. The prefectural Police together with the local one rushed into the buildings of Omoto in Aiyabe, herding Sumiko Deguchi (the stepdaughter of Onisaburo) and other followers into a single room. A police officer loudly informed the uncomprehendingly looking assembly that they are under arrest for “Lése-Majesté” and violation of the Press Law.Onisaburo Deguchi was not present at this day. The police arrested him in the office of the “Taisho Nichinichi” in Osaka and placed him into the detention pending trial there. He was formally released on bail at the 17th of June 1921. A lot of ridiculous accusations were first in the bill of indictment, but at the time of release only two points of indictment remained: Lése-Majesté and violation of the Press Law. A sentence did not follow. The Tenno Yoshihito (Taisho) died at the 26th of Dezember 1926. An amnesty of the following Tenno Hirohito (Showa) at the 17th of May 1927 let the Omoto case dismiss by the Supreme CourtAfter the releasing of Onisaburo Deguchi on bail, O Sensei advanced to a body guard of him. This duty may explain a part of O Senseis contribution to a crazy and delusive project, named under “The Excursion to Mongolia”or less euphemistic “The Dangerous Journey to Mongolia”.This project was the silliest, craziest and most delusive one Onisaburo Deguchi ever undertook.What was in the minds of many Japanese after the Meiji PeriodThe Meiji Restoration began 1868 with an opening to “western”economy and military organisation as it were the case in all international significant countries. Military standards were the USA, Great Britain and France. But 1870/71 France was defeated by the troops of a new “Empire”, Germany, which was formed by Bismarck during this war. So the idol France has been exchanged for Germany after this European war.In a short time the Japanese armed forces grew to an important international army.- 1894/1895 Japan defeated China. The Japanese Army beat the troops of the Quing Dynastie and the Japanese Navy sent most of the Chinese fleet to the bottom. These victories in spite of the greater number of Soldiers and war-ships of the Chinese.- 1900 Japanese troops took the main part in the suppression of the so called “Boxer insurrection”, together with troops of Austria, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy, Russia and USA.- 1904/1905 Japan defeated the Russian Troops in Manchuria after the occupation of Port Arthur and sent to the bottom as well the East-Asian as the Baltic Fleet of Russia, the last after the fleet had surrounded before half of the earth ball. The Russian troops on land were after all these victories still in a strong position, the Japanese Army not able to follow the retreating Russian troops. During the operations the Japanese Army lost 40% of its Soldiers. So a stalemate situation appeared on the military sides. Japan was at the end of its financial possibilities. In Russia grew the revolutionary movement, workers began to prepare for an armed revolt and the power of the Tsardom shrunk. At the peace of Portsmouth (5thof September 1905) Russia  1st acknowledged Japan the right, to lead, protect and administrate Korea, 2nd transfered the leasing right of Lu Shun (the peninsula near Port Arthur), Tai Lien and the Southmanchurian Railway and 3rd gasve Sachalin south of the 50th degree of latitude to Japan. From now on Japan named himself “Empire Japan” (Dai Nippon Teikoku)- 1908 Japan annexed KoreaThe ascent of Japan to a world-power-nation during only 40 years impressed the world. But this let become some people of Japan also megalomaniacs. Especially as China became in 1912 a republic there were proposals to proclaim Manchuria and Inner and Outer Mongolia as independent states. Even during the first wold war the Japanese Military tried to assert an own state out of Manchuria and Mongolia. In the Taisho Period (30.07.1912 – 25.12.1925) some circles in Japan had the utopic plan to found an own autonomous state between the Amur river in the north and the Great Wall in the south which some named “Korai”. A man of this group, Tesshu Okazaki, – he admired Onisaburo Deguchi, – visited at the end of 1923 Onisaburo Deguchi to convince him to involve personally as a religious leader into Manchuria and the Outer Mongolia. Okazaki worked behind the scenes to secure cooperation with Zhang Zuolin, who was at this time the mightiest man in the three northeast provinces of China.Other events prospering Omoto Kyu were cooperation treaties with religious groups of China and Korea. These have the names “Red Swastika Society”and “Baha´I Religion”,an islamic sect arosed in the 19thcentury. This cooperation supported Deguchis intention for establishing a unique religion, embracing all existing religions into one . In this way one may understand this mad project of Deguchi which started at the 13 th of February 1924.A mission linked to the “Divine Destiny”
Onisaburo Deguchi

After his dismissal from prison on bail Onisaburo Deguchi still was accused for Lése-Majesté and violation of the Press Law. He stood under surveillance of the police. But after 3 years and nearly 8 month the attention of the police must have been faded away. So Onisaburo Deguchi himself was able to fade away at the 13th of February 1924. Before he started he produced a big farewell speech to the assembled believers of Omoto at Ayabe in which he explained to the surprised assembly his mission to Manchuria and Mongolia, given by Gods commission and for the beneficent development of the Japanese nation. In his mind he sees himself as a kind of “Messias”, who would gather all the different religions under one Omoto umbrellaTogether with the attended persons Masazumi Matsumura (a bachelor of law), Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei) and Otokichi Nada (hairdresser), Onisaburo Deguchi set off toward west, crossing the sea with the Shimonoseki-Pusan ferry and than taking the railway to Shenyang. He and his companions were joined up there with Takateru Kitamura, Toshiaki Hagiwara and some other now unknown people at the 15th of February 1924. Also Japaneses, who were living at Shenyang, as Tesshu Okazaki, Ryo Oishi and Yaichi Sasaki, appeared on the scene. Okazaki and another follower of Omoto, a businessman Yutaro Yano, a former Captain of the Navy, who had been chiefly sailing with weapons, tied up connection before with the dictator of the three Chinese north-east-provincies, Zhang Zuolin and his Lieutenant-General Lu Zhankui. The rank Lieutenant-General is in deed euphemistic, bandit is the better characterisation The group left Shenyang at the 3rd of March 1924 to meet again at Tao´an Some were traveling by train, Onisaburo Deguchi and Tesshu Ozaki took one car and O Sensei and an interpreter another one. During travelling they intended to cross the apparently frozen Liao River. By fortune the car, where O Sensei was sitting in, slid down the hill to the banks. There O Sensei saw, that the river was not completely frozen. Even the water could somewhere be seen. If they had tried to cross the river over the ice, they would have been broken in. The whole trip by car was attended by permanent breakdowns of the cars, so that a foot march would have been lasted shorter.At Tao´an the group around Onisaburo Deguchi arrived at the 26th of March and spent one month to prepare the further journey and to recruit troops under the banner of Lu Zhankui and Onisaburo Deguchi. On the 26thof April Onisaburo Deguchi and his attendance left Tao´an, accompanied by a guarding troop of 200 men Lu Zhankui sent him. At a strategic place, named Horqin Youyi Qianqi a provisional headquarter was established. There Onisaburo Deguchi proclaimed:

  • -himself as Supreme General of the “Inner and Outer Mongolia Relief Armies”with the title “Dalai Lama Suzu Khan”
  • Masazumi Matsumura as General with the title “Panchen Lama Wang Wenzhen”
  • Lu Zhankui as General with the title “Commander in chief”

This behaviour reminds a little on playing boys “Robber and Gendarme”or playing “Wild West”, adopting famous Indian names like Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. Onisaburo Deguchi seemed to be in a good mood. This indicates his permanent production of so called “Wang Poems”, a Japaneses style of poems, mostly written in four lines. For example a verse, produced during horse riding and being a little late pubertic:Under the shining nearly-full moonI urinate on the plains of MongoliaDrawing a circle on the ground

Adventurers in Mongolia: (from left to right) Sasaki, Deguchi, Oichi, Matsumura, Nada, Ueshiba (half)

Brief outlines of Chinas situation between 1912 and 1937All this shows, that Onisaburo Deguchi had not realised his situation in this nest of vipers. In February 1912 the Chinese Emperor was forced to retire. But the following parliamentary system lasted only 2 years, because the brains of the Chinese were still adjusted to the ideas of Kungfutse. The democratic parliamentary system, introduced by Sun Yatsen, was not accepted. Many provinces of China fell off from the so called central government and formed autonomous districts with different War Lords as leaders, who fought against another. One of the most powerful War Lords was in northeast of China Zhang Zhuolin, who played his part until 1928 . Then by conspiracy of the Japanese Kwantung Army he was assassinated by blowing off his train he was sitting in. Even an attempt of reintroducing an Emperor was tried 1915. But this happened immediately after an insurrection. On the 4th of May 1919 students protested against the assignment of the rights, the Germans had before, entitled to Japan due to the Treaty of Versailles, with which the Germans were engaged with after the loss of the 1stworld war. But it was also a rebellion against the old pigtails of the lifestyle due to Kungfutse. The young intellectuals proclaimed that this old fashioned lifestyle let China fall behind. 1921 the Communistic Party of China was founded. And in the first years this party cooperated with the Kuomintang, whose General Chiang-Kai-Shek started to get the upperhand over all the different War LordsIn July 1924 Outer Mongolia declared a republic with the help of Soviet troops residing in the capital Ulan Bator. It was during Onisaburo Deguchi’s Mongolian disaster. At this time and some months before the Soviet troops had invaded Outer Mongolia. In spite of this fact Onisaburo Deguchi proposed at the first strategic conferences with Lu Zhankui to march with the “Inner and Outer Mongolia Relief Armies” directly to Ulan Bator. And this as this army was not at all in “statu nascendi”. One can only be of the opinion that Onisaburo Deguchi was captured by megalomania.

Zhang Zhuolin

Zhang Zhuolin was at this time, when Onisaburo in 1924 arrived in Manchuria, the War Lord of the three North-East-Provincies of China. Lu Zhankui, with whom Onisaburo Deguchi cooperated, was his subordinated Lieutenant General. At the first time Zhang Zhuolin was certainly not against the cooperation of Lu Zhankui and Onisaburo Deguchi, but as Onisaburo Deguchi began recruiting soldiers and establish an army with a new flag, of course designed by him, and create this pompous title “Inner and Outer Mongolia Relief Armies”, he felt offended and sent his troops against this developing concurrence of his subordinate General.At the 3rd of March 1932 a new formed state with the name Manchukuo was proclaimed , which was formed under the presence of the Japanese Kwantung Army. The year before this Army overstepped the northern border of Korea, unleashed a war with China under the government of Chiang-Kai-Shek, and conquered the area in which this story played.The march into ruinHorqin Youyi Qianqi was the right place for Onisaburo Deguchi. At this place is an old famous buddhistic monastery. During his operation and stay at Horqin Youyi Qianqi, Onisaburu Deguchi was busy to perform miracles as healing eye diseases, skin diseases, stomach diseases, syphilis, toothache and brain diseases. In one case he brought a man, lying down for dying, to jump up and laughing only by laying his hand on his forehead and roaring : “devil, depart!”O Sensei meanwhile was showing and teaching the amazed population Jiu-Jitsu. He, a man of 1,53 m height, was able to throw Mongolians with bodies like sumo wrestlers.On the 3rd of June the “Inner and Outer Mongolia Relief Armies”left Horqin Youyi Qianqi and began marching towards the Great Hingan Mountains, at which Mongolia begins. The objective point was (Onisaburo Deguchi was always thinking in large scales) the capital Ulan Bator of the new republic Mongolia, which was at this time creating with the help of the Soviet Union (proclamation in July 1924). The advance soon was stopped in the area of Arxan because it became evidence that the Red Army of the Soviet Union was stationed 70 km away in the mountains. It became clear to the leading persons, that the forces of the “Outer Mongolia Relief Armies” are too weak for proceeding on. Therefore it was decided to go back to a safer region in Inner Mongolia for a winter camp and starting negotiations with the Soviet troops.In May 1924 troops of Zhang Zhuolin began to attack the “Inner and Outer Mongolia Army”. This displacement was ordered by Zhang Zhuolin, because the fighting efficiency of the troops around Onisaburo Deguchi was low. Permanently during marching they had been attacked by “unidentified nomads”, as they thought. Lu Zhankuis right hand general Mandahan was killed in battle on 16th of June. The soldiers morale sunk and so Lu Zhankui forced Onisaburo Deguchi to perform a miracle in front of the troops: He has to show the soldiers his supernatural forces by a conjuring trick: He prayed for rain. At Horqin Youyi Qianqi Onisaburo Deguchi succeeded by accident. Although it was clear weather, a short stormy downpour happened. But this time being on march no drop of rain fell. The march to Tongliao has to be continued without moral support. Arriving at night at Tongliao on 21stof June 1924 the Japanese took up quarters at an inn called Houbinguan where they fell asleep soon. Meanwhile Lu Zhankui and all his men were slaughtered Afterwards the Japanese around Onisaburo Deguchi were waked up harshly and tied in their underwear. Since some of them had shit into their trousers, all of the Japanese, tied together in a chain, had to pass the toilet one after another. It was decided to shoot them on the spot and so the Japanese were led to the execution place. The execution should be performed with a machine gun. But the gun had a jam. This short difference in time to remove the jam was enough to save the lives of delinquents.The execution was cancelled. A Japanese, who was no follower of Omoto Kyu, had informed the Japanese Consulate at Shuangliao, which immediately contacted Zhang Zhuolin. He stopped the execution (in the last moment), because he feared troubles with Japan because they didn’t

The Way of the adventurers through Korea, Manchurai and Inner Mongolia Dep. Shimonoseki (Japan) 13.02.11924, arr. Shenyang 15.02.1924,dep. Shenyang 03.03.1924, arr. Tao´an 26.03.1924, dep. Tao´an 26.04.1924, arr. Horqin Yuoyi Qianqi 27.04.1924, dep. Horqin Yuoyi Qianqi 03.06.1924, arr. Tongliao 26.06.1924, arr. japanisches Konulat Shuangliao 31.06.1924, Untersuchungshaft Osaka 25.07.1924

want international disputes, which could follow the execution. The rescuing messenger came late but still in right time.

Prisoners at Tongliao: Deguchi (2nd from left Dehuchi, 3rd from left Ueshiba

The extradition of the Japanese group around Onisaburo Deguchi to the Japanese Consulate at Shuangliao lasted from the 21st to 31th of June 1924, although to valid agreements this should have been done within 24 hours. In this time the Japanese were shackled in twos in firm leg irons and handcuffs and all six together with a hemp rope tied to some timber outside through the window. But this treatment to condemned prisoner was relieved due to interventions by the Manchurian Railway Office and the Japanese Residents Society. The prisoners underwent investigations at the court and of the governor of Tongliao and later as they were handed over, on the 5th of July 1924, to Japanese authorities at various other places. Finally they were escorted back to Japan, where they arrived at Shimonoseki on the 25th of July. There a big crowd of curios people was waiting for them, because the Japanese press had blown up the adventures of Onisaburo Deguchi meanwhile. The end station of course was the detention house at Osaka, where they arrived at the 27th of July. O Sensei and the other prisoners were dismissed after some days of interrogation, but Onisaburo Deguchi only on bail after 98 days (1st of November 1924).Open questionsWhen the adventure started in February 1924 Morihei Ueshiba was at an age of 40 years. Over this he was married and had children to care on. So nobody might assume youthful carelessness. It is the combined meaning of all authors about this Mongolian adventure that his participation must be explained by his duty as a body guard to his religious master Onisaburo.The following story may make this behaviour clear. In the fiftieth year of the 20thcentury a baptist priest from USA attracted in the whole world fanaticized Christians in big halls with a capacity of many thousand persons, so as well in Germany. His name: Billy Graham (not identical with the inventor of the equal named bread). The mother of a man, who was an atheist, was a fanatic Christian and went to Grahams arousing sermons. At the end of his event Graham has thought out an effective proof of his mission: Everybody who wants to follow Jesus should come to him to the podium. The fanatic mass rushed to the front, where Graham was standing safe on the stage. A dangerous crowding and impact pressure was developing where one came into danger to be crushed or trampled to death. So this man, although being an atheist, went to this religious show and rushed at the end of the performance together with his mother to the front stage endeavouring to protect her.One easily may see that a man can act against his common sense.Literature

  1. Kyotaro Deguchi: “The Great Onisaburo Deguchi”,Aiki News, Matsugaeaccho 14-17-103, Sagimahara –shi, Kanagawa-ken Japan 228, 1998, ISBN 4-900586-54-4
  2. Kisshomaru Ueshiba: “A Live in Aikido”, Kodansha International, Toky, New York, London, 2008, ISBN 978-4-7700-2617-0
  3. John Stevens: Unendlicher Friede, Die Biographie des Aikido-Gründers Morihei Ueshiba” Werner Kristkeitz Verlag, 1992, ISBN 3-921508-49-5, Original: „Abundant Peace, the Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido”, Shambhala Pubications, Inc., Boston and London 1987.
  4. ADAC Weltatlas 1997, ISBN3-87003-807-1

 2. Dimensions of the Basics
Fujita Sensei.
When starting a new season, I tend to revert to the basics of Aikido.
At that point, I come to the question what are “the basics”?
One generally can consider fundamental “kihon waza” (basic technique) as basics, of course. However, there are many dimensions in which to delve. One can consider each dimension of the basics like the rings of an onion. The deeper the ring, the more subtle the level of the basic teaching is and the more it becomes an experiential rather than observational learning process. This model is somewhat similar to the dimensionality explanations given by Bob Nadeau sensei in City Aikido, San Francisco.
For Fujita sensei, who was coming to the netherlands 3 to 4 times per year until 2007, the basics were a fundamental set of tai-sabaki (the famous 4 tai-sabaki of Fujita sensei). One can consider this dimension somewhat more subtle than the “kihon waza” dimension which is pure form. Yet more subtle than that is the dimension of basic “feeling” in aikido. What is the basic connection supposed to feel like? Where is the centre in relation between uke and tori? What is the correct method of applying physical attributes such as force, speed, timing, distance, position, and how should one go about “controlling” their partner in the “aiki” way. Yet more subtle than that is the basic “zen” aspect. Although aikido is not a zen practice, there are crossing points of letting go of the ego, allowing aikido to be done without notion of the “I am controlling me or somebody else”. The basic notion of tuning in to the universe and realising our connection to it and thus to our partner brings us to yet a more subtle basic practice which cannot really be shown.
One can consider other fundamental dimensions in the basics, such as your own being and its “happiness” in this world. So, the aiki taiso (yogaesque warm up exercises) develop your inner peace as well as warm up your joints for somewhat accentuated degrees of flexion and extension as one receives ukemi. To attain “inner peace” a fundamental awareness is brought to one’s breathing (kokkyu) and centering. We often describe the hara (belly area) as the point to focus on in aikido movement as we try to move intuitively and freely think with our whole body rather than move calculatively and think with just our brain (this concept is known as “mushin” or innocent mind).
Basic ukemi (receiving) is a further dimensional layer in which to explore. Starting from the ground and working our way up, we learn to be friends with the ground, not to fear it but to let it help us find a gentle way to come out of a throw or pin. Basic ukemi further requires basic connection and awareness of safety. We roll not because we are told to roll. We roll as a logical spatio-temporal function of tori’s action. This is again on the basic “feeling” level.
In essence, the more subtle one goes, the more difficult it is for the basics to be “shown” as it becomes more of an experiential learning by feeling training method. As I explore aikido further, I see development in aikido therefore more of an exapnsive dimensional learning process as one refines the number of ways in which the basics can be practiced. This is becoming more important than the mountain climbing, goal oriented ambition for achievement and ability. Of course, the “height/depth” axis does exist in the learning process as much as the “breadth” axis and one does gain ability physically, mentally and spiritually. However, ability is, to me, secondary to practicing the basics on all possible dimensions. When one starts to enter the multi-dimensional learning process of the basics, one starts to appreciate its depth and breadth and starts to realise that the boundaries are unlimited and, personally, I am getting a lot of pleasure from the discovery process. To this setting, there is always something to learn always a new way of experiencing “basic” aikido. It will bring your aikido to a more profound level of understanding.
With my nevertheless limited depth, I often begin my classes with the tai-sabaki of Fujita sensei. It somehow lies in the middle between “kihon waza” and the “feeling” basics as one has to perform a certain irimi (entering) or tenkan (turning). So it is a form together with the feeling of connection. The class can then develop into a “kihon waza” kind of direction (in times of exams, for example) or a “feeling” direction in order to develop our better and deeper understanding of how aikido should be practiced as O-Sensei had realised it.
I wish you much fun in your own deeper explorations of the aikido basics.
Lawrence Warry

3. Announcements
23 October. 50 years of Aikido in the Netherlands. For more information, click here:

4. Japanese Word: Renzoku.
Renzoku means “continuity”. Often one hears the term “renzoku waza” when one repeats a technique to practice towards perfection. The term can also refer to continuous training, to forge in order to reach rigeur in one’s practice (shugyo).

5. O-Sensei Quote:
“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.”.
O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba – Founder of Aikido.

July – September (Q3) 2011

Editorial Team: Lawrence Warry, Ze’ev Erlich, Gareth Dyer


Updated 5th of July 2011

1. Hombu Shihan, Mori Tomihiro, 6th dan Aikikai.
2. Summer School Castricum (9th – 14th of July).
3. Ladavas Sensei’s recent trip to Siberia.
4. Announcements.
5. Japanese Word: Kokoro (? = Heart).
6. Quote




Summer time gives the aikidoka plenty of opportunities to travel, to see Aikido and different summer schools and to train with new people. The opportunities are vast but I have a few suggestions here for you to think of.
Of course, I should begin with the group in which I am a member (the C.A.B.N in Holland). The C.A.B.N holds their summer school from the 9th to the 14th of July, with hombu instructor, Mori Tomihiro shihan, 6th dan Aikikai, who will be present to give lessons each day and supervise the black belt yudansha examination on Thursday the 14th of July. More information about this course can be found in the articles below.


Other aikido summer holidays/activities (recommendation: why not try something exotic, like Hawaii, for example, with Yamashima sensei, 29th – 31st of July) one might like to think of include the following (links to the organising groups’ websites are indicated for following up further information):
– Fujimoto Sensei, 8th dan, stage in Bolzano, Italy (2nd – 9th of July):
– Tada Sensei stage, 9th dan, in La Spezia, Italy (18th – 24th of July): (For more info, contact Sebastian Kaiser:
– Asai Sensei, 8th dan, with Miyamoto Sensei, 7th dan, in Pulheim, Germany (23rd – 29th of July):
– Asai Sensei, 8th dan, with Miyamoto Sensei,7th dan, in Bad Kissingen, Germany (30th of July – 6th of August):
– Yamashima Sensei, 7th dan, in Honolulu, Hawaii (29th – 31st of July):
– Stephane Benedetti, 6th dan & Daniel Leclerc, 6th dan (Iaido, Jodo), in Caldes d’Estrac, Spain (31st of July – 14th of August):
– Yamashima Sensei, 7th dan, Geneva, Switzerland (6th – 20th of August):
– Franco Martufi and Piero Villaverde from Torino (both  6th Dan)
and Piernicola Vespri (5th Dan) from Cagliari, Italy, Sardinia, La Maddalena (22nd – 28th of August): (For more info, contact Sebastian Kaiser:


NOTE: We recommend that summer seminars of Aikido should not replace a regular training with your own organisation and your own teacher but should be considered a supplement to your aikido training.


Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a wonderful sunny summertime.


– Lawrence Warry

1. Hombu Shihan, Mori Tomihiro, 6th dan Aikikai.

Mori Shihan, 6th dan Aikikai
Not much is yet known internationally about Mori shihan but he is starting to get known as he comes to Holland for the second year in a row to supervise the summer school of the C.A.B.N. At the age of 42 and already at the level of 6th dan, Mori is a young shihan with a lot of energy in his aikido and enthusiasm on the tatami. He makes classical aikido with some points of emphasis on transitions and transfers of body weight in swift, energetic tai-sabakis.
Mori shihan is also an instructor and clerk at the hombu dojo and often demonstrates at the All Japan Aikikai Embukai along
side Fujimaki shihan (who was also a guest of the C.A.B.N summer school two years ago).
Here you can see Mori shihan demonstrating at the 48th All Japan Aikikai Embukai (last year):
We hope to hear more about Mori shihan as he develops his teaching internationally.

2. Summer School Castricum (9th – 14th of July).

This year’s summer school in Castricum will be the 31st of the C.A.B.N. As well as Mori shihan, other guest instructors include the regular line-up of Leisinger sensei, 6th dan Aikikai (bokken and jo), Ladavas sensei, 6th dan Aikikai and Braat sensei, 5th dan Aikikai.
Left: Ladavas sensei, 6th dan; Right: Mori shihan, 6th dan.
After the first day of training (Saturday), there is always a party usually on the beach with a wonderful buffet and DJ music so that course participants can dance their way into their aikido training week in a good mood.
Every morning during the training week, it is possible to start the day with stretching and meditation, supervised by some of the junior instructors of the group. Except for Thursday (which is the exam day and finishes the week of training with makko-ho massage in the afternoon), four aikido classes per day are planned (Mori shihan is programmed to teach one lesson each morning and one lesson each the afternoon).
In addition to the high quality training and social gathering of aikido enthusiasts, the participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a thought-provoking and interesting “think shop” on Monday evening, the subject being “Cultivation of fighting into Budo” (organised by Rob Conradi, 4th dan Aikikai).
More information (including subscription details, programme and flyer) can be found on the CABN website:

3. Ladavas Sensei’s recent trip to Siberia.

Each year for the past 7 years, Ladavas sensei has taken the initiative to make the long journey to Barnaul and continue what Bacas sensei had left behind. The mission of Ladavas sensei is to help the aikido group in Siberia be recognised by the hombu dojo and to promote their students in examination (eventually up to the level of 4th dan).
Last April, Ladavas sensei visited again the region much to the pleasure of the hosts. With more than 150 people present on the tatami, the course provide another successful step in the right direction and the course gave all the opportunity to grow in their aikido.
Group photo after training in Barnaul.

4. Announcements.

C.A.B.N Summer School in Castricum (9th to 14th of July). See for more information.

5. Japanese Word: Kokoro (? = Heart).

There is an expression that Fujita sensei used often: “Aikido is heart to heart”. When we are practicing aikido with the spirit of budo, our heart is embodied in the movement. The term “Kokoro” in Japanese is often used to express the connection one makes with the partner when practicing aikido. It is not just about yourself but about you and the other one taking care of each other, making positive progress, developing a good mood, and learning to trust each other whilst improving yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. So, while our aikido grows, we hope at the same time that the heart grows with it.

6. O-Sensei Quote:

“The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.”.


O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba – Founder of Aikido.

Summer Trip Invitation from Siberia.



Our Aikido friends in Siberia have invited anybody who wants to join on an amazing adventure this summer in the Altai mountains.
The region is said to have some of the most beautiful untouched scenery you could ever see. However, if you are thinking of going, please do
take precautions and enquire about vaccinations before leaving for protection against bugs and ticks which inhabit this region.
For more information about the “Mountain Taiga” voyage, click the following link:
The trip will take place in the second half of august but no fixed dates have yet been given. If you are interested to join this voyage, please contact the organiser, Alexander Petrov as soon as possible (email:
Some more information about the Altai region …  




is a vast mountainous area, located in the center of Eurasia at the juncture of China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia. Russian part of Altai includes the Altai Region (Barnaul is the central city) and the Republic of Altai (Gorno-Altaisk is the capital). The most attractive sites for ecotourism are concentrated in the Republic of Altai which is also called Gorny Altai. Unique natural and cultural features of Gorny Altai grant wonderful opportunities for all kinds of ecotourism activities.

Gorny Altai is the highest mountainous province of Siberia. Some mountain-masses are 3000 – 4000 m high. Their peaks are covered with snow and ice all year long. Glaciers descend along their slopes. The highest point of Siberia – Belukha Mt (4506 m) is situated there.
Gorny Altai is also famous with its rivers and lakes. Biya and Katun are the two largest rivers which interflow near the town of Biysk and give start to the Ob River – one of the greatest rivers of the world. Katun with its tributaries Chuya, Koksa, Kucherla, Argut, Ursul are very popular among whitewater rafters because of thrilling rapids and exciting landscapes. The Biya River has its source in the Teletskoye Lake which is situated between high ranges of mountains. The Teletskoye Lake with its length of about 80 km, depth of 325 m and volume of 40 cubic kilometers is considered as a symbol of Altai. The beautiful Shavlinskiye Lakes are situated on the Northern slope of the Severo-Chuysky Range.
The greater part of Gorny Altai is covered with taiga. Larch and cedar prevail but you can see many other species of trees and bushes. Alpine areas, situated on heights more than 2000 – 2400 m, offer large meadows with various grasses and flowers. In the whole, in Gorny Altai tourists have opportunities to observe practically all kinds of Siberian scenery: dry steppes of Central Asia, taiga, alpine meadows in blossom, tundra, majestic glaciers and snow peaks. Fauna is very diverse too, including 90 species of mammals, 260 species of birds, 20 species of fishes. Snow leopard (irbis), wild ram, elk, Siberian stag (maral), bear, golden eagle, hawk, umber, sterlet can be met there.
The climate of Altai is continental with a stable cover of snow in winter and with summer temperatures up to +300C.
The Golden Mountains of Altai are included into the UNESCO World Heritage List.
April – June (Q2) 2011Editorial Team: Lawrence Warry, Ze’ev Erlich, Gareth Dyer












Updated 5th of April 2011



1. How does the Modern Day Samurai Look?
2. Our Israeli Friends Host a Zen Priest Aikido Shihan, Shimamoto, 8th dan Aikikai.
3. Book Review: “The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei” by George Leonard.
4. Announcements.
5. Japanese Word: Taisho (To Cope).
6. Quote

EditorialAs I stood in the silence of the desert …
 I heard the cries of thousands, no millions of Japanese people on the other side of the world enduring the pain of a natural disaster of a magnitude that no person could ever have imagined.
It is only when I stood today in the Negeve desert in Israel, being completely still, only a warm breeze giving the slightest indication of any sound, in the vast empty and open space of the Ramon crater (the world’s largest crater caused by way of errosion), was it that I finally had the chance to let sink in what had happened just a few weeks ago in Japan.
The slow recession of the Ramon crater which took thousands of years to form its 40 by 10 kilometer size is a transformation on the planet which has behaved in total contrast to the tsunami’s behaviour of almost instantly wiping out of towns and villages of an area, of roughly the same size as the Ramon crater, in the Miyagu prefecture north of Tokyo. Despite both behavioral phenomena being so far from each other in duration, intensity and danger to life, they are nevertheless common to each other in that they are both phenomena of nature and point towards two end points on a line which illustrates how nature’s forces play with the planet earth like it is just a little toy which is not in reach of human hands.
It was at this moment that I felt a deep and overwhelming respect for the potential of nature in all its wildness and beauty at the same time as feeling a deep sense of grief and helplessness for what has happened to the people of Japan and the impact it has had on the individuals who lived at the site of the disaster and also to the people of Japan and the further effects it is having on all humans accross the planet.
As a Japanese art, a human art and an art of nature, it is also no wonder that the Aikido world is also very much touched by the catastrophic recent events.
With this, we wish for the Japanese people to get back on their feet as quickly as possible and hope the relief fund efforts will be effective in their means.
Donations can be made via a number of different aid organisations online. If, however, you are donating online, we highly recommend you check with the online service that the company is not taking a percentage of the donar’s money for their own profit. We further recommend donations be made to the Japanese Red Cross.Aiki-greetings,
Lawrence Warry, 4th dan Aikikai

1. How does the Modern Day Samurai Look?

(This information is copied from the official samurai game website:
The Samurai Game® is arguably the most unique, intense and challenging leadership and teambuilding simulation available for organizational and corporate trainings & retreats, university and school leadership courses and programs, and seminar & training companies serving the general public.
The Game was invented in 1977 by George Leonard author of numerous books including: Mastery, The Silent Pulse, The Ultimate Athlete, Walking on the Edge of the World, The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei, and The Life We Are Given (co-author Michael Murphy).  The Game was copyrighted by George Leonard and is solely owned by The Leonard Trust.
Please visit for more information about George Leonard.
•  Who trains and certifies The Samurai Game® facilitators and what is the process?In 2000, George Leonard designated Lance Giroux, Managing Director of Allied Ronin™ Leadership Training & as the sole facilitator training and certification representative for the simulation worldwide.   Samurai Game® facilitators must be trained and certified by Lance Giroux before being allowed to deliver it on their own.

George Leonard, Creator of The Samurai Game®

Lance Giroux, Managing Director, Allied Ronin Leadership Training & Consulting – is the training & certification representative for The Samurai Game®

2. Our Israeli Friends Host a Zen Priest Aikido Shihan, Shimamoto, 8th dan Aikikai

The Calligraphy presented by Shimamoto Shihan to Ze’ev San: “Ichi mi Zen”(from left to right: Ze’ev Erlich, Niek Zandee, Shimamoto Shihan)
During the weekend 1st to 3rd of April, despite the terrible disaster aftermarth in Japan, Shimamoto Katsuyuki Shihan of the Shosenji dojo near Osaka decided to fulfil is invitation to come to Ze’ev Erlich’s Masatake dojo of Rehovot for a weekend of inspiring and beautiful Aikido. Together with Ze’ev’s excellent skills in seminar management and gathering people to an event, and Shimamoto shihan’s, enigmatic dynamics and high level aikido, this event drew people from all over Europe, Japan, and many other dojos of Israel to fill up the mat of the Masatake dojo with some 150 to 200 people.The seminar started with Shimamoto shihan presenting Ze’ev san a gift in the form of a calligraphy that the shihan himself had made. The calligraphy depicted the Japanese characters of “Ichi Mi Zen” (literally meaning “one taste of Zen”) which shihan went on to explain was his expression of how one path leads to all paths and that, by practising the way of fudoshin (unmoveable mind/spirit) one can reach this one state of mind to follow one path which leads to all paths. This was the theme of the whole seminar and a variety of beautiful exercises were presented by the shihan in this light. The interesting aspect of Shimamoto shihan is that he is not only a high level Aikido teacher but also a Zen buddhist priest. It is no wonder that some zen principles come into play in the shihan’s way of teaching which only enhances the learning journey for the students.The teaching of Shimamoto shihan came to a magnificant conclusion with the last lesson of the seminar commencing with a Indian dance performance by Ze’ev’s wife, Miho san, which inspired everybody with shihan’s moral support and guidance to try to reach the same beauty in their aikido movement.

Shimamoto Shihan, 8th dan Aikikai
Parties, friends, food, play, demonstrations and brilliant aikido. This seminar had all the qualities to make it a memorable and high standard seminar. Sheer enjoyment was written on all participants’ faces and the shihan could not resist to
inform everybody even if Ze’ev would not invite him next year again, he would be coming anyway!

3. Book Review: “The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei” by George Leonard.

“The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei” gives an insight into how George Leonard came about to know and love aikido and gives some jovial accounts of times with his teachers, Robert Nadeau and Mitsuge Saotome up to his experiences in bringing into existence his dreamchild, the samurai game. As well as providing a well-illustrated account of the uses of aikido in modern day society, Leonard’s historical and cultural budo and aikido facts are accurate and informative. Therefore, in general, this concise paperback book makes a good read for a small bus or plane trip. I recommend it to people about to take their shodan examination as it gives an insight into the potential of aikido not just to the technical level but beyond and further out into the path of mastery.- Lawrence Warry

4. Announcements.

Mori Shihan, 6th dan Aikikai, Coming Again as officially appointed shihan for the Dutch Summer School.

The hombu dojo international department announced recently that the CABN shall receive for the second year running the Mori shihan, 6th dan Aikikai.

The dates of the CABN summer school have been set to the 9th to the 14th of July 2011.

5. Japanese Word (Taisho = Cope).

Considering the situation in Japan right now and the need for people to stick together and help each other get back on their feet again, I thought this word is an appropriate word for reflection.

6. O-Sensei Quote:

“I am never defeated, however fast the opponent may attack. IT is not because my technioque is faster than that of the attacker. It is not a question of speed. The fight is finished before it is begun”.

O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba – Founder of Aikido.

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