Shoheijuku Newsletter March 2023

健体康心 (Kentai-Koshin)

54 People completed Kanchu-Geiko

We had the annual kanchu-geiko (winter practice period) until February 3rd. Though the coronavirus was still around and we had the very cold weather, as many as 54 people completed kanchu-geiko at the nine directly-managed dojos.

For the towel commemorating the completion this time, I wrote 健体康心 (Kentai-Koshin). The word means “healthy body and peaceful mind” and it is also the motto for Makko-ho.

The founder of Aikido adopted Makko-ho into the Aikido preparatory exercise in 1959 or 1960. I also started practicing Makko-ho in 1967 and it has been 55 or 56 years. As it is a very simple and effective exercise system, I would strongly recommend it to people who are very busy and do not have enough time.      

The founder created the current Aikido preparatory exercise after he leaned and incorporated the Misogi training (Shinto purification training), Nishi Style Health Method, and Sokushindo (Japanese reflexology) in addition to Makko-ho. As it is an exercise system that is balanced and very good for health, I hope everyone practices it even when there is no Aikido practice.     

Harima Shoheijuku

On Saturday, February 4th, the seminar and examination for Harima Shoheijuku (Mr. Toshihiro Horiuchi, Dojo Rep) were held at Takasago City Martial Arts Hall. As many people from nearby dojos joined us for the first time in a long time, we had over 60 participants.

The representative of the dojo, Mr. Horiuchi, was absent from the dojo for a while because he was not feeling well, but he has recovered and is doing well teaching now. 

The 34th Shoheijuku Embukai & Joint Seminar

Date: May 3rd (Statutory Holiday)

Place: Fukuoka Budokan       

Instructors’ Workshop

On Sunday, March 19th, there will be a workshop for instructors after the Dan/Kyu promotion examination at Tenjin Dojo.

Please attend if you are an instructor.

Events in March

4 – Student Alliance Seminar (Katsuhiko)
5,6 – Kochi Aikido Club (with Takemura)
6 – Morning class at Takasago (Yamada)
9 – Fukuoka Dojo (Fujioka)
9 – Omuta Dojo
11 – Tosu Shoheijuku
12 – Fukuoka University Embukai (Katsuhiko)
12 – Yoga & Zazenkai
15 – Saga Dojo (Takemura)
16 – Kurume Dojo (Takemura)
18 – Student Alliance Exam (Katsuhiko)
19 – Kokura Kita Dojo (Takemura)
19 – Examination (Tenjin Dojo)
20 – Morning Examination (Takasago Dojo)
21 – Chikugo Area Seminar
21 – Seminar at Tenjin Dojo (Takemura)
24 – Onojo Shoheijuku
24 – Fukuma Dojo (Fujioka)
25 – Hibiki Dojo (Takemura)
25,26 – Takayama Shinseijuku
28 – Fukuma Ladies (Fujioka)               
30 – Isahaya Dojo (Fujioka)
30 – Koga Dojo (Yamada)

— Morito Suganuma