Thursday, December 4, 2014

Aiki is a form of Ki Magic

Lets start off with the statement –

 Aiki is a form of Ki Magic

I am a martial artist, first and foremost in my artistic life.   I am a practical fellow.  I have many grades and ranks in a variety of Japanese art forms.  I am rankier than some, not as rank as other.  I have also spent a great deal of my adult life as a magician.  I enjoyed performing on stage and up close; I was even privileged to work some gigs in Vegas at a magic venue.  I even spent a few years as a struggling professional.   I have a few good effects.  In my magical prime I was nothing great, but I enjoyed myself.  To complete a picture of my background, I also I have a soft science education, receiving degrees in psychology, Anthropology and education.

Because of my passion for the art of illusion, I have spent a great deal of time pondering the question – what is magic?  As I toured magician’s gatherings and workshops I often asked the greats and teachers – what is magic?  In modern society, we seem to have a love-hate relationship with the term.  It is an ambiguous term, much like the term aiki – they have emotional definitions, but not many people really explore deeply to discover what these terms mean.  During the Christmas season, everything becomes magic, Disney magic,

the practice of illusory tricks to entertain other people; conjuring
any mysterious or extraordinary quality or power: the magic of springtime

like magic, very quickly

results through mysterious influences or unexplained powers. Magic may have glamorous and attractive connotations;

Magic is the art of awe

the art of producing illusions as entertainment by the use of sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc.; legerdemain; conjuring:
to pull a rabbit out of a hat by magic.
the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature.

Magic refers to methods that somehow interface with the supernatural and by
which people can bring about particular outcomes. A magician is usually a worker
in the kind of magic that is on the whole public and good,

Malinowski wrote: “While in the magical
act the underlying idea and aim is always clear, straightforward, and definite,

of or relating to magic: a magic spell
possessing or considered to possess mysterious powers: a magic wand
unaccountably enchanting: magic beauty
(informal) wonderful; marvellous; exciting

(Arthur C.) Clarke's Third Law: 
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Daito Ryu Workshop at Windsong

Last winter I had the honor of leading a workshop at the Windsong winter intensive.  Lowry sensei asked me to share some of the Daito Ryu I had learned in my time in Japan.  I really love teaching and sharing principles of aiki.  I am grateful to have had the chance to share.