Kokusai Kenshukai Aikido Kobayashi Hirokazu Ha was created under the initiative and guidance of Kobayashi Hirokazu Sensei, direct student of O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, in January 1998 following preparatory works undertaken in 1996 and 1997. Its goal is to develop and spread Kobayashi Sensei's teachings of Aikido all over the world, to define criteria enabling to identify this Aikido and to emphasize Kobayashi Hirokazu Sensei's message

Kokusai Kenshukai Aikido Kobayashi Hirokazu Ha acts without discrimination towards anybody, respecting law and restraining from any sectarian or racist attitude or religious proselytism. It does not claim any superiority over other schools of Aikido, but it nonetheless asserts its identity through the originality and authenticity of the technique and the message it spreads. It expresses its respect for all styles of Aikido taught all over the world by the disciples of the founder, O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba, whose memory it honours. It attaches great importance to the multiplicity of styles and to the freedom of human beings which are one of the main contents of Kobayashi Hirokazu Sensei's message. The latter was unanimously awarded the title of Sôshu by the other founder members and with his agreement. He will now hold this title in our school. Besides Kobayashi Sôshu the other founder members are Mr Cognard André, Salvadego Paolo, Maccario André, Oeschlager Walter, Huet Frédéric and Giraud Jean Pierre.


Science and Conscience

" The aikido practiced by Kobayashi Hirokazu (1929-1998) disciple of the founder Ueshiba Morihei (1883-1969), implies a use of the body which goes far beyond simply controlling it by will or developing reflexes.

The founder Ueshiba Morihei developed his techniques by analogy with the movements in nature, particularly by observing water. According to his concept of movement, it should follow a spiral of energy (meguri) which is expressed around the centre of vital energy (seika tanden). He used centrifugal and centripetal forces, and the speed they create in order to unbalance the attacker, combined with a system of twisting, rotating or stretching the latter's body articulations that an appropriate evasive movement has allowed to seize while avoiding the attack. He developed an idea of harmony and universal aesthetics which is strongly linked to the basis of Japanese culture (shochikubai, wabisabi) and to a mystic concept of the world particularly inspired by the Omotokyo doctrine, which had finally evolved into a pacific ideology after many tribulations. The non-violence of this aikido resides in the idea of not physically countering the attack but deflecting it so that the attacker is dominated by the conjunction of technical mastery, suppleness, the spirit of non-resistance and unity with the world.

This last notion recalls an attitude of physical consciousness that Ueshiba Morihei described in an evasive manner as the capacity to connect with the universal totality, a faculty that he developed by training and prayer. Concerning prayer, he sang norito daily, carried out purifying ablutions but also included in his practice ritual gestures from Omotokyo and Shinto (Misogi) practices. He developed two very interesting ideas in the martial context (Read more...) "

André Cognard

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