In the movements of my master, I saw his eyes set onto his own master, Noro Masamichi sensei looking onto Ueshiba Morihei sensei. When I was examining his moves, I could perceive an echo of what he had felt in the hands of his master. When I practice today, I follow that humming sound that flows through all Aikido which speaks of Ueshiba Morihei sensei.
My master, Noro Masamichi sensei, advocated himself to become the most faithful means to convey the art of his master. I believe his lessons to be the best recording I could reach of those classes in the late 50’s when Ueshiba sensei was teaching young Noro Masamichi.
When I practice, it is with my eyes set upon the heart of my master, at the time when he decided to contradict his father’s plans as he devoted his life to Aikido, to the teaching of Ueshiba sensei. It is simple, I just have to open myself to the echo which resides within me, now.
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