Category: Aikido

– Jacques Payet Sensei – Part. 5

An Interview with a Master: Part 5.   Q: Uchi Deshi is not your first book, you have also translated two other books Jinsei and Shugyo. What made you translate these two books? A: Two things, first it was my way to study Japanese, so that was my personal training, Read More

– Jacques Payet Sensei – Part. 4

An Interview with a Master: Part 4. Q: Do you think the training you did has had a big influence on your life? A: Yes, because you don’t think too much, you just do. It teaches you how to concentrate, to focus and to put everything into whatever you are Read More

– Jacques Payet Sensei – Part. 3

An Interview with a Master: Part 3.   I changed the way I was thinking and training to just focus on him and what he was doing. To really focus on him; how he was walking, what kind of personal training he was doing, and so on – instead of Read More

– Jacques Payet Sensei –

An Interview with a Master: Part 1.   We have had the great opportunity here at Tozando to interview one of the great masters of Aikido. This man’s name is Jacques Payet Shihan, and he holds the rank of 8th dan in Yoshinkan aikido. Jacques Payet Sensei has been practicing Read More

Kashima Jingu Shrine

These are MUST-VISIT places for Budoka

These are MUST-VISIT places for Budoka Not only in kendo, but in any contest are decided not just on raw ability. “Luck” can also play an important part. There is a saying “do your best, and leave the rest to Providence.” In order to win, the basic idea is to Read More

Zanshin

In kyudo, there is a concept called the “8 Phases of Shooting”. This concept divides the movement for releasing the arrow into 8 phases; each phase has its own name. The last phase that brings the movements to a close is called “zanshin”. The kanji is usually written in mean Read More

Kendo Step

Budo’s “maai” and “zanshin” can make for smooth communication with others

I’m sure the Budo practitioners know how “maai”(gap, space) is important in Budo. There is an appropriate maai between you and your opponent during the fight. Being too close or too far apart is no good. “Maai” is the correct distance between you and your opponent. People who excel in Read More

Cultivating your Spirit through your Kamae

This article is a translation of an essay by Tachibana Tatsunari-san, he works for Tozando and practices Yoshinkan Aikido and is currently 5-dan. In his essay he explores “kamae” – posture or stance – in training and why it is emphasised so strongly in Yoshinkan Aikido. In Yoshinkan Aikido, as Read More