Aikido and Shodo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both aikido and shodo, the Japanese art of calligraphy, require a tremendous amount of concentration. When practicing shodo, a brush is dipped in ink to form a point and one must give full focus to this point as it touches the paper. The origin of all shodo is this point. The smaller the point, the more concentration is necessary.

 

From the point, a line emerges. In aikido, when grasped, it is just like the tip of the brush touching the paper to make a point. When one moves, he/she forms a line. The difference between shodo and aikido is that in shodo, when lines are formed, they are visible on paper. The lines of aikido are invisible and change from moment to moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Abe Shihan demonstrating extension of energy

through his body, connecting with paper and partner simultaneously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Abe Shihan directs ki (sankyo) through

another's body and brush, and leaves the evidence on paper.

 

 

 

 

 

Calligraphic works of O'Sensei

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 O'Sensei possessed an abundance of ki (spiritual energy). However, the ki of his aikido techniques would be invisible after the technique was finished. Not even a movie camera could capture the his ki. Therefore, he wanted to leave us the gift of his ki on paper.