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Special thanks to Anne Marie for helping us translate this interview into English; now we can share Seki Shihan’s views and thoughts with more individuals from the Aikido community.
|Shoji Seki Shihan|
I saw an Aikido demonstration while I was at the university. It was the university group that gave this demonstration (*) aikido-bu-no. That is where my interest came from.
There was nothing special or uncommon about it, only that we trained all day.
Once at Hombu Dojo, I was greatly influenced by the second Doshu, Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Osawa father, Kisaburo Osawa Sensei.
I am not consciously aware of what changed, but I believe, that with time and practice it must have slowly changed.
Yaru ki, sorekara tairyoku.
Yaru ki = to be motivated | Tairyoku = perseverance, drive
I cannot answer to that…
I try to demonstrate what I consider to be important. I try to offer what I think to be the best for all of us.
To be diligent and conscientious in one’s practice and regard Aikido as something valuable and important.
There are no differences.
I don’t know (laughs).
I have no consciousness about ki or energy flow. I have never had this awareness nor perception. Otherwise, I have always believed that one learns something training eagerly.
I can see that people are training intensely here. That is good, to be working with dedication and making an effort in practice. As I said before, one has to give importance and value to Aikido and train in a devoted manner, in that way everyone will continue to evolve and have “good” Aikido.
|Marcelo do Nascimento, Shoji Seki, Shihan, |
Elena de Carvalho Stellfeld, International Seminar of Aikido, 2011 (SP)