Stockholm Yoshinken group attended a course in Chinese ink painting.
We sincerely thank Anders Öfverström who with his knowledge in Chinese ink painting gave us an insight into how traditional painting is closely linked with Budo/Wushu.
We started with Taikiken training in a slightly unusual environment for us, the exhibition hall at Tumba Museum. It was not only a beautiful place with very inspiring paintings on the walls, the artist wanted the entire training to collect ki and therefore we omitted tui shou, san shou and fali.
After training we had a packed lunch in the pleasant environment and then we got a guided tour of the exhibition and a lesson in the different styles of Chinese painting and their importance.
Anders started by explaining the technics in ink painting, how to hold and brush, and how all the basics of bamboo painting are present in calligraphy.
There are artists from the various dynasties in China dating back to the 4th century who have described in writing and poetry the principals that we use today in Budo/Wushu and that in a fantastic way.
It was clearly that in painting as in Budo we can have great technics but without ingredients such as ki, both painting and Budo become lifeless, but maybe beautiful.