"Presumably, as a martial artist I do not fight for gain or loss, am not concerned with strength or weakness, and neither advance a step nor retreat a step. The enemy does not see me. I do not see the enemy. Penetrating to a place where heaven and earth have not yet divided, I quickly and necessarily gain effect." Takuan Soho

Aikibojitsu at Two Cranes Aikido

Aikibojitsu classes are offered at Two Cranes Aikido on the first and third Sunday of each month, from 4 to 4:45pm. Everybody is welcome, no previous experience required. There is a $15 mat fee for non TCA students. Aikibojitsu is a beautiful and challenging art form, which uses precise and flowing movements of the staff to explore both the depths of silence and the peaks of explosive power. It can be done as:

  • A moving meditation
  • A study of rhythm and timing
  • A study of acceleration and intensity
  • A very powerful approach to the martial staff
  • Or just for the pure joy of the lines and movements.

In Sunday classes we will be concentrating on the Short Forms of Aikibojitsu, particularly those that focus on the upcoming quarterly seminar kata. Classes will be taught by Dan McAbee Sensei 5th Dan Aikibojitsu Licensed Teacher Aikibojitsu ShoDan Demos at Two Cranes Aikido

What is Aikibojitsu?

The Aikibojitsu Organization and Aikibojitsu as an Art Form were founded by Tom Read Sensei. John Thomas Read Sensei began formal Aikido study in 1969 as a way to broaden and deepen his study of Zen meditation. In 1974, Read Sensei moved to Japan where he studied under Masters Michio Hikitsuchi (Aikido 10th dan), Yasushi Tojima, and other senior teachers of the Aiki Kumano Juku Dojo. After returning from Japan, Read Sensei opened Northcoast Aikido in 1977 with formal written sanction from Master Michio Hikitsuchi. He continues to teach Aikido and Aikibojitsu at Northcoast Aikido and in seminars in the USA and internationally. The following are quotes from Sensei Reads Book "Aikido Aikibojitsu and the Structure of Reality"

Aikibojitsu is a sophisticated and powerful martial system within which, through precise flowing movements with a staff, practitioners explore a wide range of techniques from the depths of silent stillness to peaks of explosive power. While Aikibojitsu's technical expression is complex and its techniques are martially potent, its real challenge comes down to confrontation with a simple stick of wood. In this challenge there is no hiding from oneself because the staff is a perfect mirror.
Aikibojitsu is a natural extension of the longstaff work of Master Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido. Like the throws and locks of Aikido, Aikibojitsu's defined movements arise out of a ground of non-resistance, its techniques originating in precise tracing of a complex set of preformal determinative structures that, upstream from physical manifestation, delimit what is possible, what is probable, and finally what actually manifests.
The staff's fundamental vibratory frequency sets the wavelength of the overall ringing pattern, and all technique, whether a direct expression of or a harmonic of, the fundamental vibration, is based upon that fundamental frequency. Due to its foundation in non -resistant harmonic resonance, Aikibojitsu staff work could perhaps be thought of as a giant bell whose preformal ringing is full of overtones and harmonics, of standing and travelling waves. Staff strikes are exponential peaks of intensity in the preformal, transitions the unfolding of reflections and exponential spirals.

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