This was taken Nov 2011, what I thought when I was working with Kato Sensei and what I still think is that a spiral has no appendages. The jo just became part of the spiral that Kato Sensei created.
Ushiro Sankyo really illustrates the dimensions of the spirals. In this video you can see Yoshi being pulled in and pushed out by the pull and push of the spiral. (To see the video you have to hit the title.)
I had a student that was from the Ukraine. Every time that he was uke it looked like he was waiting in a bread line. Jimmy Friedman taught me to love to fall, I never could see what Kato Sensei showed but I was lucky enough to feel it.
I started Aikido like I have started most things in my life by accident. I was selling life insurance at the time, and probably was the world’s worst life insurance person. I had arrived early for an appointment in San Francisco near Van Ness and Turk Street, it was a great area to roam so […]