A Group of People in Japanese Apperals Sitting Down

A Story about “KOMEBITSU (米櫃)”:

December 28, 2022

  What is a “KOMEBITSU”? Before talking about it…  I met her for the first time in Oman, an Arabian country located in southwestern Asia.  She had been invited to the Islamic state by a highly influential local person to stay in the country for a long term to teach Aikido to local women and children.  However, she had to come back …

Two Men in Japanese Dresses Standing Side by Side

A visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand

December 17, 2022

  I paid a visit, after 3 years, to Sombato Tapanya Sensei, who is not only a psychology professor at Chiang Mai University, but also an Aikido instructor at a university dojo as well as Renshinkan dojo at his house. Sombato Tapanya Sensei has been practicing Aikido for over 30 years, and there are many Aikidoists who have learnt Aikido …

Wonderful physical abilities

December 16, 2022

  Children at Bilay House have been growing up in nature, and they have naturally developed good coordination, great reflexes and overall wonderful motor skills. However, their weakness is in how they use their motor skills. Today’s class focused on helping one another to foster a sense of teamwork by practicing to evacuate under an emergency situation.  

Going back to the basics to teach a youth class

December 16, 2022

  On the 2nd day to teach a youth class during my visit to Bilay House in Thailand, I am reminding myself to get back to the basics. This class is for youngsters and young adults aged 15 and up to 19, and I find it not so easy to teach a group of youths with such a wide age …

Another visit to Bilay House in Thailand

December 14, 2022

  About a 250km drive on a highway to the west from Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, and on the western side of Ratchaburi province (Changwat) near the border with Myanmar, there is a village called Tako Lang Village. A farm road, that is somewhat eroded by rain water with wild groves encroaching upon it, leads to Bilay House …

A Status Update on the Nepal Military Aikido

December 12, 2022

  For Aikido training will soon be commenced at Nepalese military schools, Aikido demonstration was performed in front of over 3,000 students. Aikido training program will also be commenced at Nepalese military academy. Aikido training within the Nepalese Armed Forces got its start in 2006 with the initial focus on training the members of the Nepalese Army Rangers in Aikido, …

The Making of a Harmonious Japanese Meal

December 2, 2022

  This fish startles almost everyone who sees the fish for the first time, but this fish is very delicious. I visited Hitohira Saito Sensei in Iwama after a long while. When I told him before about a seemingly tasty fish what I had watched on Japan TV in the U.S., he said, “When are you gonna come the next …