Yoshinken celebrated its 3rd Shin nen keiko in succession on January
8th 2006, this is a traditional way in Japanese Budo to contemplate
where you have come during the past year since the previous Shin
nen keiko and what good intentions you made then, what has been
accomplished to date and new expectations for the coming year.
Keiko (training) held in Yoshinken should be as quiet as possible
during the entire duration allowing the balance of thoughts and
the physical part to join in harmony. Since our training is held
outdoors this amplifies the goal of being natural in all ways.
calligraphy Shin nen keiko was kindly done for me by my good friend
and Budo Sensei Yoshimichi Sato the meaning being the “First
training of the New Year” it is also known as Kagamibiraki
as used by Sensei Pascal Krieger in the European Jodo Federation
– Shindo Muso Ryu.
Whatever the budo art or why not even our
private lives , the idea of New Year resolutions to be a better
person cannot be wrong, and since you make these resolutions yourself
there is no one else to blame, the advantage however is that these
vows are silent, you alone have to live with the results good or
Yoshinken dojo members from Stockholm and Östersund arrived
the afternoon before to get into the atmosphere, making possible
for a good meal together, and enjoying the excellent dvd from Sensei
Jan Kallenbach on Taikiken and in particular the inspiration from
our founder Soshi Kenichi Sawai also the European Taikiken delegation
visit to Japan in 2004.
This was followed by another unique film
around a true budo sensei Pascal Krieger modestly titled “Two
or Three Things I Know about Budo“ which is a large understatement.
Sunday morning 8th January
at 08.30 the Yoshinken “family” now joined by Gothenburgs
group assembled for a group photo and a hearty “ Banzai “
to greet the day, arouse the good spirits, and wake up the residents
of Rävlanda !!
We then made our way to Rävlanda dojo Nr
2 out in the forest nearby a small lake. In the light of the snow
covered ground we started our Keiko in silence with Ritsu-zen followed
by Yuri, Daken, Hakke, Hai, Neri.
Partner training with Tui Shou and to end with each member performing
individually in front of the “family” their own TANSHU
in true ENBU manner with 100% zanshin with no applause at the end.
After around 4 hours it was time to return to Honbu Dojo for a “
brunch “ which all participated with good appetite and budo
spirit. I awarded Anders and Esko their well earned Oku-iri certificates
who now join the first two Åke Wall and Andrè Kronander
in their entry into the Menkyo system and the meaningful world of
Neija through Yoshinken.
Domo arigato to Åke Wall for his untiring efforts in running
the Stockholm Yoshinken with the essential ingredients for success
– spirit, knowledge, loyalty, and humour, Anders and Esko
you have a high standard to follow !
Also thank you to Marcus for
his webmaster position which he has done with speed, good taste,
and expertise. My personal thanks also to Andrè who has always
been there when the few times I have been absent to take care of
the Göteborg “family” at our dojo in Slottskogen.
Last but not least at all to all Yoshin kenpoka thank you for your
efforts and loyalty during 2005 - Good Health and Success during
Kyoshi Taikiken. Yoshinken Sweden