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Tōhei Kōichi

Geburtstag: 20. Januar 1920
Todesdatum: 19. Mai 2011

Tōhei Kōichi war ein japanischer Aikidō-Lehrer und einer der wenigen Träger eines 10. Dan.

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„Each time you do something, you must return to your beginner’s mind, and give it your best.“

—  Koichi Tohei

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Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: !-- People who are fast learners tend to pick things up so quickly that they lose out on the opportunity for repetitious learning. --> Even if you learn something quickly with your conscious mind, you will easily forget it after you stop practicing. That which is learned with the subconscious mind is not easily forgotten. Therefore to learn something with the subconscious mind, requires months and years of training. Just because you were able to do it before, do not assume that you can do it as well the second time. Each time you do something, you must return to your beginner’s mind, and give it your best.

„Our lives are born of the Ki of the Universe.“

—  Koichi Tohei

2 : The value of our existence
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: Our lives are born of the Ki of the Universe. Let us give thanks for being born not as plants and animals, but as human beings blessed with a Universal Mind. Let us pledge to fulfil our missions by helping to guide the development and creation of the Universe.

„It is too late to try to calm the mind after you take up the sword. First you must calm the mind and then take up the sword.“

—  Koichi Tohei

50
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: The purpose of ki-aikido is not self-defence; that is a mere by product. It is far more important to learn to control the mind and body. It is too late to try to calm the mind after you take up the sword. First you must calm the mind and then take up the sword. When you raise the sword up overhead, do not cut your ki. Continue to calm the mind by half, half, half and create a living calmness in that infinite reduction. When practicing cutting with the sword, you will find infinitely more value in cutting just five to ten times with ki fully extended, than you would in cutting a thousand time with mere physical strength.

„People today are more concerned with what they can get, than what they can give or do for others. That is why they cannot extend Ki.“

—  Koichi Tohei

51
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: Some people are quick to find reasons and excuses why they cannot do things. This cuts their Ki and in times stifles their motivation altogether. Motivation is extending Ki, not receiving it. People today are more concerned with what they can get, than what they can give or do for others. That is why they cannot extend Ki. <!-- Even our own training can be as intoku or good done in secret. Because someday it will bear fruit in the ability to help others develop.

„The absolute universe is one. We call this ki.“

—  Koichi Tohei

3 : The way to union with ki
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: The absolute universe is one. We call this ki. Our lives and our bodies are born of the ki of the universe. Study thoroughly the principles of the universe and practice them. We are one with the universe. There is no need to despond, no need to fear. The way we follow is the way of the universe, which no difficulty nor hard-ship can hinder. Let us have the courage and say, "if I have a clear conscience and a calm spirit, I dare to face an enemy of ten million."

„The very name Aikido indicates its dependence on the laws of nature, which we term ki. Aikido means the way to harmony with ki. That is to say, Aikido is a discipline to make the heart of nature our own heart, to understand love for all things, and to become one with nature. Techniques and physical strength have limits; the great way of the universe stretches to infinity.“

—  Koichi Tohei

Quelle: Book of Ki (1976), p. 106
Kontext: !-- We would cease to exist if removed from the laws of nature. For instance, we would be totally unable to maintain stability on the surface of the earth without the force of gravity. --> Only those with their eyes open to the world of nature are capable of uncovering its truth. Everything springs from a sense of gratitude toward nature. Aikido, though praised as a healthful system of self-defense techniques, would be nothing apart from the laws of the great universe. The martial way begins and ends with courtesy, itself an attitude of thankfulness to and reverence for nature. To be mistaken on this basic point is to make of the martial arts no more than weapons of injury and death.
The very name Aikido indicates its dependence on the laws of nature, which we term ki. Aikido means the way to harmony with ki. That is to say, Aikido is a discipline to make the heart of nature our own heart, to understand love for all things, and to become one with nature. Techniques and physical strength have limits; the great way of the universe stretches to infinity.

„Teachers must have a positive mind. If their attitude is negative, it infects their students.“

—  Koichi Tohei

27
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: When you teach people it is useless to try to change their character. Correct their bad habits first, then their true character can come through. Teachers must have a positive mind. If their attitude is negative, it infects their students. Students cannot learn from bad examples until they develop their own powers of judgement.

„Whatever you have to do, do it now, while you are still living. You must practice to be able to return to essential principles at any moment.“

—  Koichi Tohei

28
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: Until you can clearly make up your mind, you are better off not doing something. Make a habit of being decisive in your daily affairs. Some people can be heard to say, "what will I do if I get killed?!" If you die, there is nothing you can do. Whatever you have to do, do it now, while you are still living. You must practice to be able to return to essential principles at any moment.

„There is no conflict in the absolute universe, but there is conflict in the relative world.“

—  Koichi Tohei

10 : The principle of non-dissension
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: There is no conflict in the absolute universe, but there is conflict in the relative world. If we unify our mind and body become one with the universe, others will follow us gladly. Do not say that this is a world where we must struggle to live each day. The true way to success is exactly one and the same as the principle of non-dissension, and that is the way of peace.

„True "fudoshin" is not a rigid, immobile state of mind, but the condition of stability, which comes from the most rapid movement.“

—  Koichi Tohei

14 : Fudoshin
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: True "fudoshin" is not a rigid, immobile state of mind, but the condition of stability, which comes from the most rapid movement. In other words, like the steadiness of a spinning top, the state of perfect spiritual and physical stability arises from movement, which continues infinitely and is so infinitely rapid that it is imperceptible.

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„Countless people have attempted to define the absolute power of the world of nature. Some praise it as God, some call it the Buddha, others call it truth.“

—  Koichi Tohei

Quelle: Book of Ki (1976), p. 106
Kontext: Countless people have attempted to define the absolute power of the world of nature. Some praise it as God, some call it the Buddha, others call it truth. Still others convert nature into a philosophy by which they attempt to sound its deepest truth. Such attempts to define the power of nature are no more than striving to escape its effects.
All of the forces of science have been unable to conquer nature because it is too mystic, too vast, too mighty. It intensely pervades everything around us. Like the fish that, though in the water, is unaware of the water, we are so thoroughly engulfed in the blessings of nature that we tend to forget its very existence.

„You must not think of what you learned as belonging to you. Your learning was only possible because of the people who taught you.“

—  Koichi Tohei

41
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: You must not think of what you learned as belonging to you. Your learning was only possible because of the people who taught you. If you forget this, before you know it you fall under the illusion that you are the only one who can do it, or the only one who understands. This is called being full of yourself. It is wrong to think, ‘I am strong’, because this strength is nothing but weakness turned inside out. You must think how to act within universal principles.

„Instructors must always be positive. Even if someone fails at something, you must have the energy to help them turn it into success.“

—  Koichi Tohei

42
Ki Sayings (2003)
Kontext: Instructors must always be positive. Even if someone fails at something, you must have the energy to help them turn it into success. When teaching, always compare the correct way with the incorrect way, side by side. Then the reasons for the correct way become obvious. You must know both.

„Only those with their eyes open to the world of nature are capable of uncovering its truth. Everything springs from a sense of gratitude toward nature.“

—  Koichi Tohei

Quelle: Book of Ki (1976), p. 106
Kontext: !-- We would cease to exist if removed from the laws of nature. For instance, we would be totally unable to maintain stability on the surface of the earth without the force of gravity. --> Only those with their eyes open to the world of nature are capable of uncovering its truth. Everything springs from a sense of gratitude toward nature. Aikido, though praised as a healthful system of self-defense techniques, would be nothing apart from the laws of the great universe. The martial way begins and ends with courtesy, itself an attitude of thankfulness to and reverence for nature. To be mistaken on this basic point is to make of the martial arts no more than weapons of injury and death.
The very name Aikido indicates its dependence on the laws of nature, which we term ki. Aikido means the way to harmony with ki. That is to say, Aikido is a discipline to make the heart of nature our own heart, to understand love for all things, and to become one with nature. Techniques and physical strength have limits; the great way of the universe stretches to infinity.

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