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Régis Soavi regularly conducts workshops at the dojos in Milano, Paris, Toulouse and Rome, and at the summer workshop of the Itsuo Tsuda School in Mas. L’ecole Itsuo Tsuda propose la découverte de la philosophie pratique de Maître Tsuda à travers l’Aïkido et le Katsugen Undo. Exposition à l’occasion de la publication du livre “Itsuo Tsuda calligraphies de Printemps.
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This seems to be a recurring question in the dojos and one which divides practitioners, teachers, as well as commentators in more or less all schools. Since no definitive answer can be given, one turns to the story of martial arts, to social requirements, to the history of the origin of human beings, to the cognitive sciences, etc. By adopting the word that means the path, the way, has it become for this an easier path?
Or in the contrary does it compel us to ask ourselves questions, to look again at our own course, to make an effort of introspection? Does an art of peace necessarily have a compliant side, is it a weak art, an art of acceptance, in which cheaters may gain a reputation at little expense? It is certainly an art that has managed to adapt to the new realities of our time. Does the solution then lie in strength, muscular work and the violent arts?
If itsu direction exists at all, tsudda can be found in my opinion, and despite what I have just said, in Aikido. Itsuo Tsuda never gave grades to any of his students and, when somebody had a question about that, he used to answer: One might say that these words had ended all discussion.
Itsuo Tsuda never tried to imitate his master whom considered inimitable.
The Non Doing
He was immediately interested in what inspired this incredible man capable of the greatest gentleness as well as of the greatest power. That is why, when he arrived in France, he tried to pass on to us what for him was the essential, the secret of Aikido, the concrete perception of ki.
What he had discovered, and later summarized in the initial sentence of his first book: That this dimension is not esoteric but exoteric as he liked to say. There is obviously a variety of motivatons leading people to start this practice. If I think of the people who practice in our School the Itsuo Tsuda Schoolapart from a few of them, there are not many who came for the martial aspect.
The martial aspect arises from the posture, the breathing, the ability to concentrate, the truthfulness of the act of attacking. But the discovery one can make by practicing known forms goes far beyond that. It is about making something else grow, revealing what lies deep within individuals, freeing oneself from the underpinning influence exerted by the past and sometimes even by the future, on our gestures, on the whole of our movements, physical as well as mental. Indeed in our dojo everybody realizes that.
The session starts at 6: The fact of coming to practice so early in the morning O Sensei and Tsuda Sensei always started their own sessions at 6. Some practicioners arrive around 6 every morning, to share some coffee or tea, and to enjoy this moment before the session a pre-session so to speaksometimes so rich thanks to the exchanges that we can have between us. This is because people change, they are transformed, or more precisely they find themselves again, they retrieve unused capacities that they sometimes thought they had lost or often, more simply, had forgotten.
There are so many women in our School that equality is not respected, men are outnumbered, by a narrow margin of course, but that has always been the case. As far as I know they do not form a separate world, unknown to men.
As a matter of fact, for many men, maybe it is so! They take the same responsibilities as men and there is of course no disparity in level, neither in studying nor in teaching. It is really a pity to have to clarify things like that, but unfortunately they cannot be taken for granted in this world.
Despite everything, women scarcely take the floor, or I should even say take up the pen in martial arts magazines. Do they have nothing to say or does the male world take up all the space? Or else maybe these sectarian disputes on the efficiency of Aikido bore them, for women seek and often find, so it seems to me, another dimension, or in any case something else, thanks to this art?
I had quite the opposite impression. He was a serene man, capable of extraordinary concentration, but very permeable in other ways, inclined to outbursts of ringing laughter, with an inimitable sense of humour. I had the opportunity of touching his biceps. The tenderness of a newborn. The opposite of hardness in every way one could imagine. This may seem odd, but his ideal Aikido was that of girls. Due to the nature of their physique, girls are unable to contract their shoulders as hard as boys can.
Therefore their Aikido is more flowing and natural. We are educated to competition from early childhood ; under the pretext of emulation, school tends to go in the same direction, all this to prepare us for the world of work.
They teach us that the world is tough, that we absolutely need to gain our place in the sun, to learn to defend ourselves against other people, but are we so sure about that? And what do we do to achieve this goal? Could Aikido be one of the instruments for this revolution in social values, habits, should it and above all should we do the necessary effort so that the roots of this evil corroding our modern societies may regenerate and become healthy again?
katsugen undo Archives – Itsuo Tsuda School
Reading the writings on matriarchy in the Trobriand islands by the great anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowsky, discovering his analysis, may help find new leads, and perhaps even remedies to these problems of civilization which have so often been denounced.
The path, in essence, not that I am an idealist, justifies itself and takes all its value by the fact that it normalizes the terrain of individuals. For those who follow it, it adjusts their tensions, restores balance, and it is appeasing for it allows a different relationship to life. The path is not a religion, furthermore it is what separates it from religion that makes it a space of freedom, within the dominant ideologies.
According to me the way of thinking that seems closest to this is agnosticism, a philosophical current which is little known, or rather known in a superficial way, but which allows to integrate all the different schools.
In Aikido there is quite a number of rituals that are kept up even though their real origin the source O Sensei drew from is not understood or there are sometimes other rituals that other masters found through ancient practices as Tamura Sensei himself did. Those rituals have often been associated to religion whereas the fact could be checked that it is the religions which have taken over all these ancient rituals to use them as instruments serving their own power, and way too often they are used for the domination and the enslavement of people.
It is an unlimited nature which we take part in, in which we are immersed, which is fundamentally and inextricably linked to us, and yet which we find it so hard to reach or even sometimes to feel. This notion that I made mine is not the result of a mystical relationship with the universe, but rather of a mental and physical opening which many modern physicists have reached through a theoretical approach and are trying to verify. It is something that you can neither learn by watching Youtube videos, nor by consulting books of ancient wisdom, despite their undeniable importance.
It is something you discover in a purely corporal way, in an absolutely and fully physical way, even though this dimension is expanded to an unusual extent. Little by little all the practitioners who agree to look in this direction find it. It is not related to a physical condition, nor to age and obviously not to sex or nationality.
Almost all psychologists consider that the essential part of what will guide us in our adult life takes place during our childhood and more precisely in our early childhood.
The good as well as the bad experiences. Therefore particular care should be taken in education to preserve the innate nature of the child as much as possible. In itsuoo way does this mean letting the child do whatever he wants, making him a king or becoming his slave; the world is there and surrounds him, so he needs reference points.
But very quickly, often shortly after birth, sometimes after a few months, the baby is put in the care of persons outside the family.
What happened to his parents? It is the first trauma and we are told: Sure, unfortunately it is not the last trauma, far from it.
Then comes the day care center, followed by kindergarten, primary school, junior high, and finally the baccalaureate before perhaps university for at least three, four, five, six years or even more. But what can you do? Each of these places in which the child will be spending his time in the name of education and learning is a mental prison.
From basic knowledge to mass culture, when will he be respected as an individual full of the imagination that characterizes childhood? He will be taught to obey, he will learn to cheat. He will be taught to be with the others, he will learn competition.
He will receive grades, this will be called emulation, and this psychological disaster will be experienced by top as well as by bottom of the class students.
Meeting the breathing.
In the name of what totalitarian ideology are all children and young people tsuva an education that breeds fear of repression, submission, decommitment and disillusionment? A somewhat improved state of slavery? Perhaps… with spectacular brain washing, guaranteed without invoice, thanks to the advertising for products that is pushed on us, with its corollary: The practice of Aikido for children and teenagers is the opportunity to go off the grids proposed by the world around them.
It is thanks to the concentration required by the technique, a calm and quiet breathing, the non-competitive aspect, the respect for differences, that they can keep or, itsou necessary, retrieve their inner strength.
A peaceful strength, not aggressive, but full and rich of the imagination and the desire to make the world better. The particular character of the Itsuo Tsuda School derives from the fact that we are more interested in individuality than in the dissemination of an art or a series of techniques. It is neither about creating an ideal person, nor about guiding anyone towards something, towards a tsudq, with a certain amount of gentleness, a certain amount of kindness or wisdom, of balancing ability or exaltation, etc.
It is about awakening the human being and allowing him to live fully in the acceptance of what he is in the world surrounding him, without destroying him.
This itsuuo of openness can do nothing other than waking up the strength pre-existing in each of us. This philosophy leads us to independence, to autonomy, but not to isolation, on the contrary: This whole process of learning, or rather this reappropriation of oneself, takes time, continuity, sincerity, in order to realize more clearly the direction in which one wishes to go.
What I am interested in today is what lies behind or more precisely what lies deep inside Aikido. When you take a train you have an objective, a destination, with Aikido it is a little bit as if the train changed objective as you moved further, as if the direction became at the same time different, and more precise. As for ktsuo objective, it pulls away despite the fact that you think you have come closer.
And this is where you have to recognize that the object of our journey is the journey itself, the landscapes we discover, which become more refined and reveal themselves to us. Txuda sont avant tout des pratiques du Non-faire. La cotisation est annuelle et payable par mois. Aikido is an instrument tsudq my evolution, it made me evolve, I just had to follow with ittsuo and obstinacy the ituo that was opening in front of me, that was opening inside me.
Like many other people, I came to this practice for its martial aspect. However, its beauty, as well as the aesthetic of its movements, quickly fascinated me, and this with my first teacher Maroteaux Sensei already.
Aikido was a wholly different thing from what I knew. I came from the world of Judo, with the images transmitted to us, for example, that of the cherry tree branch covered with snow which all of a sudden lets the snow slide down and the branch straightens up. In one of his books Itsuo Tsuda gives us his views ktsuo kokyu:. But the word also means to have a knack for doing something, to know the trick. When I was young, I saw a labourer working with his screwdriver on very rusty machinery.