Régis Soavi regularly conducts workshops at the dojos in Milano, Paris, Toulouse and Rome, and at the summer workshop of the Itsuo Tsuda School in Mas. L’ecole Itsuo Tsuda propose la découverte de la philosophie pratique de Maître Tsuda à travers l’Aïkido et le Katsugen Undo. Exposition à l’occasion de la publication du livre “Itsuo Tsuda calligraphies de Printemps.
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When I was young, I saw tshda labourer working with his screwdriver on very rusty machinery. I had already experienced a lot of Judo, Jujitsu and weapons and then, more or less at the same time, during my training as a professional Aikido, I worked with other teachers like, Master Noro, Master Tamura, Master Noquet, as well as I took part of some workshops with Master K.
From the beginning of life, we are medicalized, hospitalized, even though these are natural events, where life manifests its workings in us. But Ueshiba was so deeply influenced by the sect Omoto-kyo a Shintoist religious groupthat in his thoughts, Aikido and his religious practice are not always easy to distinguish.
What made you decide to consecrate to the Aikido of Itsuo Tsuda? That is how he met Master Ueshiba. Certainly, instead of having aggressive relationships with others, we can enter into a certain harmony with them, and so find something more authentic.
Itsuo Tsuda – Wikipedia
When attention is localized, for example it stops at the wrist, breathing becomes shallow, disrupted… we forget the rest of the body. The practice of katsugen undo allows you to practice Aikido in this way, it is for me a base, the basic. There are so many women in our School that equality is not respected, men are outnumbered, by a narrow margin of course, but that has always been the case.
Then, of course, it makes a difference, if I work with a six year old child it is not like when I work with a sixty years old person or somebody on their twenties. A martial arts master whom dogs bark at is not a good master, they say.
Despite everything, women scarcely take the floor, or I should even say take up the pen in martial arts magazines. This freedom was fundamental in his teaching.
They teach us that the world is tough, that we absolutely need to gain our place in the sun, to learn to defend ourselves against other people, but are we so sure about that? The Sensei demonstrates a technique, then everyone tries it with his or her partner.
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Then, of course, it makes a difference, if I work with a six year old child it is not like when I work with a sixty years old person or somebody on their twenties. In the morning, after aikido, we would have coffee together and he would tell stories, speaking to all who were there ; but we understood that, each time, he wished to reach certain people in particular.
As one can be touched by a song without the need to understand the words. He insisted only on the vibration that emanates from it by the work of the breathing.
The Non Doing
When this fusion widens our spirit, we reach the state of non-body and non-mentallity. Rather in the morning, competitiveness does not have too much importance … you get up, you are in the dojo, you can easily breathe, you start your day.
And then the kind of spirit condition: Every morning I have a great pleasure to see people getting there and taking their time, we are in a world where we do not take our time anymore… — Your sessions are designed for all without distinction of age and levels, you talk about a school without grades.
It is the base. Inhe writes the Reflections on Integral Life, a surprising text for a young man, then only nineteen years old. Regis Soavi teaches and transmits the message of Itsuo Tsudaa direct disciple of master Ueshiba.
When one starts practising, the pulmonary respiration becomes more ample. In other schools, some forms of this have been maintained, but a large part has been lost. There is a world of difference between having a map with the water sources marked on it and actually quenching one’s thirst there. Dojo, meaning, a place for practicing the Art of breathing and martial arts. For each of us, different thingsare important.
The central tokonoma includes a calligraphy of master Tsuda. Because we know that beginners take more easily as a model those who wear the traditional black skirt. For other articles on the subject it is here. Finally the movement comes to coincide with the movement of daily life, becoming so natural that there is no need to do anything special.
Itsuo Tsuda – Aikido Journal
This one makes part of it. He was about 30 when he first met Noguchi, and 45 when he encountered Ueshiba. It constitutes a professional secret, not because people want to keep it like a patent, or a recipe for earning their living, but because it cannot be passed on intellectually. His books are strange. A lot of people may very easily deviate, perhaps because in the Regenerating Movement there is in fact nothing to do, just be there, close your eyes, empty your head.
To be initiated to the practice of movement, it is preferable to have reached a certain degree of mental maturity, and that all other proposed solutions itwuo felt to be inadequate. Aikido is not going to become more effective, more aesthetic, and so on. As for the objective, it pulls away despite the fact that you think you have come closer. The person wears the black belt. The rest was, as Tsuda said very well, a way to verify to what extent I was getting with my breathing.
If our body works normally, we need nothing else. This natural condition is not only physical, but psychic as well. This whole process of learning, or rather this reappropriation of oneself, takes time, continuity, sincerity, in order to realize more clearly the direction in which one wishes to go.
The techniques are the same as those practiced at Aikikai or with Master Kobayoshi, or any other master. Aspects like aggressiveness, competitiveness disappear, they fall by themselves. It is also for this reason that I often ask to work slowly. In my case I really love the morning. We called him Mr. At the beginning, when I was about twenty years old, I saw this part as a kind of respiratory warming up, not to mention muscle warming up.