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Mutsuko Minegishi 7th Dan Aikikai

Στις 13-14-15 Σεπτεμβρίου 2010, η Sensei Mutsuko Minegishi επισκέφτηκε για δεύτερη φορά την χώρα μας μετά από πρόσκληση του Sensei Χρήστου Κουτελιέρη, προκειμένου να παραστεί σε διήμερο σεμινάριο στις εγκαταστάσεις του Martial Art Club, στο Ηράκλειο.
Η 70 χρονών σήμερα Sensei Minegishi, είναι η δεύτερη γυναίκα που έχει αποκτήσει 7ο Dan στο Aikido από το AIKIKAI.

To AIKIDO.GR άδραξε την ευκαιρία και ζήτησε από την Sensei Minegishi μια μικρή συνέντευξη την οποία και δεν μας αρνήθηκε.

Διαβάστε λοιπόν όλα όσα μας εκμυστηρευτικέ:


(Η συνέντευξη που έγινε στα Αγγλικά αποφασίστηκε να δημοσιευτεί σε αυτή τη γλώσσα προκειμένου να μην αλλοιωθεί το νόημα όσων ειπώθηκαν).


E: Sensei Minegishi, it is an honor for us to have you here in Greece. Could you please tell us when you started to practice Aikido and when you were awarded your Sho Dan?
A: I started Aikido in 1972, and two years later in 1974, I was promoted to Sho Dan.

E: Are there a lot of women Aikido students? How many have been so far awarded with the 7th Dan or higher?
A: There have been only two 7th Dan including me in the entire world. There is no one higher than 7th Dan. My 7th Dan Certificate number is 497th. This means that there are 496 male 7th Dan from AIKIKAI as of January, 2010.

E: Could you please name us some of the Senseis who taught you?
A: I learned from all of the instructors who were active from 1970's at the Hombu dojo. They were Kisshomaru Ueshiba Late Doshu, Moriteru Ueshiba Present Doshu, Koichi Tohei shihan, Imaizumi shihan, Kisaburo Osawa shihan, Sadateru Arikawa shihan, Seigo Yamaguchi shihan, Hiroshi Tada shihan, Shigenobu Okumura shihan, Seijuro Masuda shihan, Masatake Fujita shihan, Seishiro Endo shihan, Nobuyuki Watanabe shihan, Masando Sasaki shihan, Etsuo Takezawa shihan, Masatoshi Yasuno shihan. Besides, I was in the USA from 1974 to 82 during which I learned from Yoshimitsu Yamada shihan, Kanai shihan, Akira Tohei shihan, Kazuo Chiba shihan, Morihiro Saito shihan, Kawahara shihan, Mitsugu Saotome shihan, Ikuhiro Kubota shihan.

E: Is Aikido your primary “job”?
A: Yes, now it is.

E: What other martial arts have you practiced?
A: Karate only for six months in the USA

E: In how many and which Countries, dojos you are currently teaching Aikido around the world?
A: I have visited 35 countried and more than 150 dojos in the last 39 years of my Aikido life. Presently, I am based on Guam, and I am serving Croatia, Monaco, Greece and Russia as the technical advisor, and South Africa as the honorary president of Aikido Federation of South Africa(AFSA).

E: What do you think about Aikido and children?
A: Children are my primary interest. The smaller they are, the more sensitive and capable of developing physical and mental balance. In every country I visit, I always emphasize the importance of introducing Aikido to children. In addition to the children in regular classes, I have done many classes for orphans, victims of the domestic violence and street children.

E: What age children can begin to practice Aikido?
A: I accept any age from 1.5 years old in my classes at Guam Aikikai. Even before start walking, they can crawl. They like to imitate older ones and that is the best age to introduce. At young ages, children need parents to be with them, so I invite parents to be on the mats with them.

E: How much “traditional” is the Aikido that you teach?
A: I must be the most traditional and old fashioned Aikido student. I am faithfully following the late Doshu and current Doshu because they keep the most basic foundation of Aikido in the purest way.No matter how much I may have been trying to follow the teachings of my numerous instructors in the last 39 years, there are always some bad habits that I have acquired, and I have to make corrections. Going back to the most basic principles, physical and mental, is the only way to keep the O’sensei’s teachings. That is the “tradition of Aikido.”

E: What is your personal goal concerning Aikido? (What do you expect to achieve through aikido?)
A: My goal is to continue being on the mats until the last breath of my life. Besides, I would like to live one day longer than O’sensei. Through the continuous daily practice, I gain strong energy for life, especially from Children. I want to LIVE MY LIFE as long, strong, wide and deep as possible.

E: Which is your vision for Aikido in the future?
A: Aikido has spread to more than 90 countries. Because of the unique nature of Aikido being non-competitive, it is very difficult to control the quality of the techniques. There are not strict rules and regulations or certifications to be directed to instructors, almost anyone can teach Aikido in whichever way one wishes. Therefore, Aikido seems to be drifting away from the original source that came from the founder. Some are interested in political power and some in mney by expending their organizations. There are so many, many students who are shodan and nidan levels, even white belt levels who are professionally teaching Aikido. This is the danger of the Aikido world because they loose opportunities to concentrate on improving the quality of techniques and understanding of the principles and philosophy of Aikido. We have to learn Aikido founded by the founder, Ueshiba Morihei, and to pass on to the second and the third generations down the line. Unfortunately, many instructors who learned directly from O’sensei have passed away. Students are learning Aikido from the students of students, and the right spirit and attitude for learning Aikido seems to be weakening. There are, however, some who have realized that they are not doing the right Aikido. Those are the ones I would like to work with and walk together with them towards the right path set by the founder.

E: What do you think of aikido in Greece after visiting our country twice?
A: Honestly speaking, after the first visit, I felt that I never wanted to go back to Greece because there was not much commonness between my Aikido and theirs. They were all stiff and they refuse to move. Aikido was like a competitive martial art, and they try to be stronger than others. I did not understand what they were trying to achieve. I felt very sad about the situation. During the second visit, on the other hand, I began to see and feel some changes in some of the students. I began seeing some hope that my Aikido might be accepted. I would like to work with the ones who wish to learn good Aikido, and I am sure that I have found some.

E: Which three phrases describe Aikido for you and why?
A.“Minoru hodo, koobe o tareru inaho kana”
This means that the heavier and the riper the ears of rice become, the lower they droop. The higher the ranks become and the more experienced the students are, the more humble and the more sincere they should be.
“Mitsugo no tamashii hyaku made mo”
The bad habits we have acquired until the age three, they will stay until the age 100. This means that the bad habits should be corrected while young. Before reaching a black belt level, we should get rid of all the bad habits. Otherwise, it will be more and more difficult to correct them because “black belts” will interfere.
“Shinumade ikiru,”
Until I die, I will LIVE. I have a destiny by birth how long I will live. I do not wish to interfere this destiny with my egotistical, selfish and stupid life style. Aging is natural. Body will get older inevitably, but the mind and the spirit will keep growing as we add more years.

E: What would you say to people who wish to try Aikido? What does Aikido do to their “everyday life”?
A: “Just try.” “Find out by yourself. Only if you keep practicing Aikido, you will find what Aikido does in your life. Do not ask anyone else’s answers.”
Many students take photos and videos during the classes off the mats. More than watching many of them later, touching the instructor once will be more valuable.

Ευχαριστούμε πολύ την Sensei Mutsuko Minegishi για την τιμή και τον Sensei Χρήστο Κουτελιέρη για την δυνατότητα αυτή.
ένα video απο το τελευταιο σεμινάριο που πραγματοποίθηκε στην Αθήνα

 

Ευχαριστούμε θερμά την Χριστίνα Δρυμάκη-Σμαϊλη

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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