Walking throw door and bramble

porte-verger-2Photography by Nguyen Thanh Thien © 2018

Noro Masamichi sensei: “How does the movement travel from toe to finger? This is mystery.”

I understood his words as an invitation to look onto Noro sensei as he repeated what he had witnessed within the movement of his own master, Ueshiba Morihei sensei. Others thought “This is Noro’s technique” while, at the same time, I was looking at Ueshiba sensei through the body and mind of my master, impersonating a magnifying lens. His invitation to mystery was like a door open onto a thicket of brumble and beyond a tower, a princess and a dragon. I believe our study is limited by our expectations. We have to foster dreams and then work our way through the thicket and never forget “There is a door.”

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