We have the privilege of hosting Eddie Hagihara shihan (7th dan) this weekend for an aikido seminar. May our practice become a shrine for Sarutahiko-no-O-kami.

I’ll see you all on Sunday, tired, bruised and happy… :) Have a great weekend!


7 thoughts on “Seminar!

  1. R.D. Hammond

    Exciting stuff! We’re due to get Saotome-Shihan in our area at some point in the near future.

    Onegaishimasu! :)

  2. executivepagan Post author

    Oh, that will be a good training! May it be so.

    Arigatou gozaimasu!

    BTW, I meant to ask after you commented in French – are you, like, actually me? I mean, how many Francophone pagan aikidoka are out there, realistically? ;)

  3. executivepagan Post author

    I just looked up pictures of it – very cool! Thanks for the tip. (Oh, to train there… how awesome would that be?!) We had a *fantastic* seminar, BTW; Hagihara-sensei is a great teacher, and he brought some of his senior students with him as well – all good folks. Friday night and Saturday morning were devoted mostly to ukemi-waza, including my first real exposure to doing high falls, and the afternoon was all weapons work.

  4. Eric Holcomb

    Glad to hear about your seminar! It sounds like fun was had by all!

    Actually, the Sarutahiko Jinja Dojo in Ise is a bit small and crufty. They replaced the old shredded tatami recently so it should be a lot more comfortable but it is more “homey”, with plenty older students, than majestic. It serves multiple duties, the local scout troop meets there and there is a heavily used very weathered Go board on the bookshelf — nobody ever took me up on the offer of a game :-( .

    The jinja itself is beautiful. There is a largish, polished, stone octagon standing between the shrine proper and the main torii that has always intrigued me. A quick glance shows characters representing the “Chinese Zodiak” but somewhere it morphs into totally different symbolism that I just don’t get. It’s funky. There is a small shrine off to the side dedicated to “Musubi” and relationships. Lot’s of weddings are held there. In back, close to the dojo, there is a special shrine dedicated to blessing cars. It is pretty common to see cars around Ise with the little placard indicating they have blessed at Sarutahiko.

    Happy Rolling!

  5. R.D. Hammond

    Bet you’re a computer scientist, too. ;)

    Anyway, yeah, the odds are pretty disturbingly long. There’s a reason I’ve been hanging around on this blog for a while before commenting, though. Synchronicity, I guess, or just a trick of the theoi.

  6. executivepagan Post author

    Network admin, actually… but close enough. Not good enough at higher math for comp sci. :)

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