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.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
A shorter version of the okugyo experience was held in Toledo May, 2, 3 & 4. We were pleased to have Chris from New York State join us. Even though this was a smaller version, I got a lot out of the experience and I know the others did as well. Many of us also went to Oberlin, Ohio, to see Ikeda Sensei at the seminar there, which was icing on the cake!