2015 New Year’s Greeting!

Happy New Year! As we move into the new year, it is my pleasure to share my heart-felt thoughts about Tenshin-Ken (天真剣). This has a lot to do with philosophy of life and my search for the changes that I believe we all hope to see in our world. But as usual, let me take a technical approach first! Tenshin-Ken, Practice and Your True Self As you know, in Shintaido we have a large group of kumite forms that fall under the category of Kirioroshi Kumite. Within this group of movements, Tenshin-Ken = Daijodan Kirioroshi. We take turns cutting through our partner’s core. That physical movement cuts away tension, opens Continue reading

2014-EU

This Ito writing…. Time flies very fast! Already more than a week has gone since we were together in Reims, France. Hope you had a chance to receiver yourself from the post Gasshuku “Blues” ! Please allow me to share “What I Really Wanted to Say at the Closing Ceremony” with you this time! (Thank you, Nagako Cooper, Tomi Nagai-Rothe, Lee Seaman, who helped me translate my message in English, and Patrick Bouchaud, who did in French!) ********** I was very humbled to receive so many words of gratitude and praise at the Forum closing ceremony. However, I realized that event organizers should have received the words of gratitude – Continue reading

Confirming the True Self/Core Self – Workshop 2014

Dear Taimyo practitioners around the world, Greetings from France! I will fly back to San Francisco on July 27, and will lead a series of 5 Tuesday meditation classes at the San Francisco Day Street Dojo during July and August. This summer, I would like to focus my teaching on the 10-position meditation and on Kenkain Hoko (Flower Walking), to help us find our True Self / Core Self. Those of you who have been practicing with me for the last few years will be familiar with Bamboo, which we have studied together in the past. I recently came up with a series of exercises that I believe will really Continue reading

Greeting-evening session in 2014 winter

Dear Friends,Greetings!『いい人が先に逝く!』When Japanese people speak about a person who has passed away, they say “Ii hito ga saki ni yuku!” (“The good ones go first!”)Last year we lost 2 good friends who used to be very active in the Shintaido movement in the US & Europe:• Christophe Bernard who actively practiced with us on the west coast of the US passed away in August.(for more information about him, please check the SOA newsletter from last Fall at:http://www.shintaido.org/docs/bin/BD33_Sep2013.pdf)• Caroline Raievsky, who was the coordinator of the European Shintaido College in the 2000s, passed away last month.(Those who were at the Shintaido International in Italy in the summer of 2004 will remember Continue reading

Song-Rou, Xu-Kong, Yuan-Man 2013.7

鬆・柔、虚・空、円・満 Song-Rou, Xu-Kong, Yuan-Man These 6 characters effectively describe the development of mind and body in the practice of Tai Chi Chuan. As we progress in keiko, a number of mind-body characteristics start to develop: 鬆 “Song” meaning relaxation, 柔 “Rou” (the character for flexibility, meaning soft resilience), 虚・空 “Xu-Kong” (the characters for deficiency and emptiness, meaning that within ourselves we respond naturally to stimulus from outside), 円・満 “Yuan-MAN” (the characters for round and full, meaning that we are naturally filled up with universal KI energy). 鬆 “Song” means relax, or loosening. 柔 “Rou” means “soft and flexible” We also have three additional Chinese characters that express similar feelings: 軟 Continue reading

DAIGA-2013

DAIGA: Traveling the Universe By H.F. Ito I was thinking recently about how much I enjoy practicing with all of you around the world. I learn so much from each one of you! This year I’ve cut back a bit on plane trips, but three things have helped me travel freely all over the universe: (1) One-handed seated Tenshingoso (in a folding chair) (2) Hoshizora (starry night sky) Taiso (3) A life poem written by my mom not long before she had a major stroke a few years ago Many of you are familiar with the four basic principles of Jiga (自我,personal self) Muga (無我,nothingness self), Shinga (真我,true self), and Continue reading

San Francisco workshop message-2012.7

Dear Friends: It was my great honor and pleasure to be invited as a Goreisha at the Shintaido International event held at California State University in Sonoma, California Tuesday, July 3 through Friday, July 6. All of my appreciation goes to those who made this event happen! Now the time has come for our 6 Monday Meditation classes in San Francisco – part of the Life Exercise Program. I would like to start our first class on Monday evening, July 30, with the Shintaido “ritual” that I led at the 4th practice of the Shintaido International. Using Tenshingoso ‘O’ & ‘Um,’ I will invite everyone to connect with both nature Continue reading

2012.7 – Hints for Meditation

Hints for Meditation 自我  無我  真我  大我 Jiga  Muga  Shinga  Daiga Self      No-self  True self  Greater self    天/大宇宙 = unfathomable Ten / Dai-uchu Heaven / Greater Universe    Dark Energy & Dark Matter:   It turns out that roughly 70% of the Universe is dark energy. Dark matter makes up about 25%. The rest – everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter – adds up to less than 5% of the Universe.   http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/focus-areas/what-is-dark-energy/      Pascal’s remark:   Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m’effraie.   http://www.linternaute.com/citation/3415/2/le-silence-eternel-de-ces-espaces-infinis-m-effraie—–waiting-in-vain/

Happy Holidays ! -2011.12

Hope everyone is well and enjoying your Shintaido in your daily life!! The year of the 10th international gathering of Shntaido is coming…. I am very much excited by the theme chosen for this event, which reminded me of the old teaching of Japanese Samurai Lord who was the military advisor of Toyotomi Hideyoshi*. It is my pleasure to introduce this teaching to you and let you taste, chew, and digest an old philosophy of Japanese Worrier! The Seven Teachings of Water by Kanbei Kuroda** – It is water that moves others by moving itself … – It is water that constantly moves, seeking a path … – It is Continue reading

Reflections on a Taimyo Class by David Palmer-2011.8

Reflections on a Taimyo Class with Master Ito By David Palmer August 9, 2011 Once again I was very inspired by Ito’s class last night. Besides the new material (the new embodiment of bamboo and the breathing exercises), I wanted to share some thoughts that came to me in the opening discussion of Taimyo. My observation has been that there are typically two times in most people’s lives when the Gauguin questions (Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?) naturally arise. If, at one or the other of these moments, the internal structures are put in place to address these questions, then the individual shifts Continue reading