That is my first Paris Taikai. Although, I was in Paris before for Arnaud Bikken Seminar in winter, and met Peter King before in Portugal, this time was different. It was my first opportunity to learn with Yurō Shitennō together, and get a little bit of their understanding of Budō Taijutsu. You know, feel a little bit of the past. Since few years ago, I’m traveling looking for correction (for myself) and a deeper “understanding” of the art, making several friends around the world.
Of course, I know that the best place to learn is the source, Japan, but I also have curiosity about Hatsumi Sensei relationships, and stories around the world, things like that, because I think this can help me on my way. I like to read too, watch DVDs, Movies etc. So, if I have opportunity to meet authors or to understand more about the authors, I think it helps me to feel better their way of thinking or view. That’s why I think every part of the world is important in terms of Budō Taijutsu. It has been very exciting to travel a lot discovering many things! As you can see, everyone has his own picture about the art and Sensei.
And that was I found there too. Amazing creativity! Several perspectives of the art. Unique perceptions combined! Very technical skilled people, and also hearts open to share. All of these things together in a mutual respect environment/event. So, the event started with some Kumi Uchi counterattacks by Shitennō. I think it is impossible to describe by text in a way that someone can really understand. We are talking about very unique human experiences. The welcome class is lead by the four, and you can see connection between all techniques despite all creativity, like a flow.
Pedro started this class, as I have never met him before, it was fantastic for me! He did some kind of Musha Dōri emphasizing timing, and balance breaking. Then, improve it with a kind of Kōshi Kudaki giving us more possibilities in the space. Giving insights about it, Peter King also taught emphasizing a kind of “fitting”/ “grab“, and pivot motion in order to break opponents structure. Peter and Pedro are very experienced in biomechanics, and physiology. This brings to us very nice tips during the trainings.
After that, Sven continued bringing to us a kind of “soft“ Kōshi Kudaki that makes the opponent easily fall on the ground. At that time, the idea of relaxing, and giving up of control was emphasized. His “Moguri” action, apparently supported it. Then Arnaud continued it, emphasizing elbow control (to break his structure/balance), and constant moving (without stop footwork) with very nice examples of structure breaking.
Again, in his turn, Pedro showed to us nice possibilities emphasizing hips movement, emptiness, and Kuzushi considering another reading (Kuzushi: “growing fish emptiness”, something like that, please forgive if I didn’t understand). He also caught opponent’s “attention“ many times emphasizing touch sense, and other senses with right timing, and, of course, “fishing”. Moreover, Sven gave us more insights using “empty“ spaces, and leading opponents on it, surprising then during counterattack.
After this class, groups were formed to attend classes in different places with one teacher at time. Those classes were more specialized. Then, it started this amazing learning adventure for me, and probably for many others! My next class was with Peter King, and I will describe more this experience later on another post.
I would like to thank to Arnaud, and all teachers, buyu, and people involved in this event! For all teachings, supporting, and help in everything. For me, it was unforgettable experience, fantastic learning opportunity (Ichi Go Ichi E, 一期一会). Also, I would like to thank to Arnaud again for your attention sharing with us, answering questions, giving us insights, and correcting us as much as possible, even our understanding of the art and its history.
Ichi Go Ichi E