An Open Invitation to all Aikido Students

I am writing this as an open invitation to all aikido students who wish to participate in our training center.

In order to insure the highest level of training, the retreats will be limited to twenty participants and divided into the levels of fundamentals, intermediate and advanced. The word Okugyo indicates the advanced level, yet the training will go into depth at each level. Each student will be required to pass all aspects of one level before participating in the next.

The Okugyo training will emphasize the spiritual as well as the physical aspects of aikido. Students will participate in daily meditation, reading and discussion, and other activities designed to help the student move towards an integrated understanding of Aikido.

It has long been my goal to create an environment for this kind of personal training. Okugyo seminars will not make any distinction between affiliation or rank, but will be open to all who approach it with a sincere and humble attitude.


William Gleason

Friday, April 20, 2007

Sounds of the universe

Check out this article from SPACE.COM

Apparently, the sun makes sounds much like the string of a guitar being plucked, except these strings are giant ribbons of magnetic energy. I don't think any of this group are the least bit surprised. I just wonder which of the sounds of the kototama this might be??

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Though small, the last okugyo had a great feeling to it. I really enjoyed the cooking (and it was nice to have a smaller group to cook for). It's cool that we are starting to get more folks coming from non-Shobu schools to take part in this training; and it's also been great to see Sasha and Bob picking up the ball and running with the Sunday meditation sessions, even though the group is still very small.