"We are doing aikido in order to become freer, ultimately. We must savor the circumstances at this moment now as it vibrates from the partner, open our senses regarding the whole situation around us, and be able to give rise to free function.
I hope that we will continue to do keiko while valuing the vibration and connection in this moment, now, now, now..."- Seishiro Endo
Born in 1942, Seishiro Endo is an 8th dan ranked Aikikai aikido master teacher. Endō is among the few living people who studied directly under aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba.
He trained at Aikikai Hombu Dojo with master teachers including Seigo Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Tada, Mitsunari Kanai, and Yasuo Kobayashi.
When Endo was 30 years old he dislocated his right shoulder. According to an interview, that event brought him to a turning point. After the injury, Yamaguchi said to him, "You’ve been doing aikido for 10 years now, but now you have only your left arm to use, what are you going to do?" This prompted Endo to pursue a different direction in his Aikido. His Aikido eventually became a lot softer and more contact-based.
Length: 152 pages
Language: Japanese & English