Autobiography . March 24,1981. Eleven Pm. Manhattan, New York New York. Time & Birth Place of Luis F. Alba, known as the Great Grand Master of Budo.
- 1984 - Great Grand Father Alba. Bujutsu. Uyeshiba Budo, Nippon. Bogota, Colombia. At only the age of three my parents brought me to Cali, and Bogota Colombia. To visit and meet family for the first time. It was in this visit to Bogota where my Path would soon be revealed.,
"Every morning I would wake up just before Dawn to meet my Great Grandfather whom would already be up, working on his garden. While working on the cauliflower field he would speak to me about Nature as the day began to rise. Heaven, the most beautiful sky. He spoke to me of the Universe, Nature, Animals, The Stars, Planets, and Life itself. Often mentioning a Spiritual Energy that surrounds All. Each word in its own unique way bringing me closer to the understandings of the one Kami.
A Native man, his words were often spoken in poetry. I remember chanting Sutras, mimicking his movements, while the Sun came up. What I saw then as a game were Ki movements similar to those of Tai Chi, it was later that I learned their true name, the Sacred Art of the Tai Sabaki. We did this every morning infront of the Sun as it rose.
Picking cauliflowers before breakfast he would say., "Pacho (a family name given to me as a child), the smallest plant has Life, we should Respect all Life on Earth. Search for the Path which joins everything in the Universe as One, through it's Spirit. Harmony, is all around us for Love is the Path of the Universe, it's Budo, The Path of God".
These words have remained in my Heart since my youth. AikiBudo my greatest secret, Mastering each movement to it's core of perfection. It's only throughout time, that I've come to understand, that there are times when a path chooses us". L.A.
- 1986- Father Luis Francisco Alba. Bujutsu, Ninpo NinJutsu. Bogota, Colombia. "I was sent to Colombia once more to learn Boxing from my Father. He had studied Ninjutsu keeping much to himself.
My Training of Ninpo Ninjutsu, began under the guidance of my father. With his student and close friend, us both were always training under his supervision, "Perfection is a must, to train under such an Art", my father would say". L.A.
- 1987 - Shiba Sensei Grand Master, AikiBudo. AikiBujutsu, Nippon. Main St. Flushing, Queens. New York. "Throughout time I've come to see Shogyu as AikiBujutsu, they are the Sacred techniques of AikiBudo. Neutralizing an Enemy by Killing with a Single Touch, then Grabbing, Taking the Center Balance of an Opponent, and directing ones own Ki where desired, through correct Posture, and the study of Ligaments".
"With Shiba Sensei, I received Yudansha in AikiBudo, while in my second year of Elementary. One cannot ignore the Essence of Spiritual training in this Art". L.A.
- 1989 - Tanaka Sensei Shodokan Karate, Nippon. 35th St. Flushing, Queens, New York. "My first public Dojo. I was sent here by Shiba Sensei, to learn more about posture though a Master of Shodokan. Tanaka's passion was in O'Sensei's Budo.
Shiba, and Tanaka were good friends as I remember. I would go after his main class each day for a period of six months after school. To learn on a one to one basis with Tanaka.
Though I was only here for a short period of time, due to the cost of training. My Teacher understood well how long I would be with him, and increased my training in the Arts as I advanced. Encouraging me to continue on in my Path of the Arts, he would say "Luis, you have a Gift, don't ever stop training Budo". L.A.
-1990- Zusuki Sensei AikiBujutsu AikiBudo, Nippon. 34-15 Parsons Blvd. Flushing, New York. "Shiba Sensei Requested that I train under a good friend of his, whom lived in the building that my family and I had just moved to at the time. My Teachings with Shiba Sensei were now atleast three times a week. He was getting older, and I could begin to feel that my time with him was short.
Training was always after school, and on weekends. But only after all my studies were done, wich they made sure of. Zusuki Sensei's home, was more like a Shrine. Most of our day was spent in zeiza reading O'Sensei's Book, that was written in Japanese, read from back to front.
On weekends, we would write Kanji after a normal four hour class. I soon became fluent in Japanese. Training seven days a week, I began a deeper understanding of true Essence of our Art".
*1989 -1997 Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, New York. "Ever since, I have been fortunate to learn the Arts passed down through familes, such a Great Gift. At the time alot of families where first imigrating to New York from basically everywhere. I am dearly greatfull to all my Teachers and friends who've opened my eyes in the Arts of : NinJitsu - Nito. Judo - Jose Garcia. Wu Dang Kung Fu - Lee Family & William, in the Arts of: Eagle Dragon Monkey Snake Tiger WuShu Tai Chi. Tae Kwon Do - Brian Kim & the Kim Family. Santeria - GrandMother Maria. Cathlesim - Jesus son of Maria, High Priest of New York's Cathlic Church. White Magic & Herbatology - Mother Angela Alba". L.A.
1998 - 2000 Grand Father Guillermo Alba. Bujutsu, AikiBudo, Nippon. Funza, Colombia. "Offored the opportunity to visit Colombia. I returned to learn more about my roots through my Grand Father in a small town 45min from Bogota. Guillermo Alba, a Native, Shaman, Strong Minded, and so full of Spirit. He would walk many miles every day, even in his last years.
I remember us training, side by side. Walking with him was a challenge, that he always won. Remember, telling him "When ever we reach, where we're walking to. We're taking a cab back Home". Laughing he would say., "Then you'll ride alone, this Old Man will walk back Home.... Could you really dare leave an old man by himself ?". To make the story short we walked for hours at a time.
He would tell me stories of how he had been a World known Wrestler, and Chef in his younger years. Then in his later years, decided to own a little store in a small town called Funza. It was there in that small store where we would Arm wrestle, "Your Te Gatana is strong Old Man"., I could barely move his arm.
In our walks, at the store, in his house which had been passed down for two generations since they had migrated to the cities, at his bedside, at the hospital in Medellin where he almost passed,.... returning to his Land over the phone, even with his last breaths which he said would last but two weeks, and they did, he would speak of Nature, the Stars, The Native Cultures, Poesy, the Universe itself. Completing the teachings of my Great Grand Father whom had long passed, the Teachings of my Master Shiba whom too had not to long passed as well, and the Teachings of my father, and his stories of the Stars and poems that for so long I had forgotten about. Making sure that i understood well that Love is the path of All, and that the Spirit must be strong, for us to Grow Strong. He could even out drink us all when we celebrated, the child of Soledad my Great Grand Mother.
The house we trained is in a few acers enclosed in high walls wich still exist today under the Family name, and the care of my Father. In the time of Soledad, the home was that of a little farm, with 12 Dogs, dozones of Chikens, Two Roosters, a couple of Pigs, one Parot, and a little Monkey whom would pull your hair if you werent paying attention to your surroundings.
They lived of the land, and few groceries had to come from the outside. In my visits to Colombia Soledad, had been my Teacher as well in Budo, Native Culture, and the Teachings of Universe. Even in her older times she was so full of Life, at times stronger then the men. I remembered some of the kids, and I had built a rope over some plants she grew. She did not like that at all, and before we knew it she would be standing right behind us, rub the tip of our ear with a leave of the plant which would itch for hours.
Stepping once again on the land at the age of eighteen, on my birthday. I could still fell her pressence, a couple of years after her passing. At the time I was a cold hearted Warrior, to put it at best. A year later, at the age of 19 it was through the Teachings of Guillermo Alba, and his passing which Enlighten my heart, felling his mothers pressence, and his as well on my last visit to the Land I was overwhelmed with the sadness of their adsence, but my heart felt full of their Love as if standing besides me, holding me in their Arms, as if O'Sensei himself too were there Embracing me with Love.
I have manage to hold on to their Love, and share it with this World as much as I can showing Respect for All, treating everyone as if they were of my own family. I have dedicated my whole Life for the Protection of Peace. It was then, standing alone on our Land, when I understood the meaning of our Art. Budo, the True meaning of God's Love. To become one with the Universe itself, and Embrace the gift of the one Kami, is the Essence of Love". L.A.
1998 - 1999 Master Juan Fernando Fernandez 4th Dan Tae Kwon Do. Shodan, Aikido Aikikai. Liga Caldense De Tea kwon Do Manizales, Colombia. Sekai Sokeshi Luis Alba, Hanshi., became a three time Gold Medal Champion in the City Wide and National Tae Kwon Do Competition, defeating all of his apponents with amaizing ease, and power. In Forms, Weapons, and Sparring. Showing a finess unlike any other when it came to Martial form, in all its aspects.
"After the City Wide Competition, Top Students from Medellin were sent a few weeks later to visit our Dojo, and compete against the best of Manizales. We were the last two Regions in Colombia left to fight".
Soke, did more then impress the competition defeating his opponnents with techniques that seemed out of this World. Soon after word of his pressence began to spread rapedly throughout the Country, and it's Military branches.
Sekai Sokeshi Luis F. Alba, Hanshi., Was awarded Daisho from Japan in 1998. His Swords still remain in the Country, currently in the city of Medellin under the care of a Capoeira Master.
"Master Fernandez is a great Teacher, and a good friend. More then my Master at the time he was like a father to us all. His school is Based in Traditional Tae Kwon Do, where Meditation, the Korean language, and it's Culture play a big part of every day Life at the Dojo, and daily training. Formality here is a must.
In 1999 I decided to move to Medellin where Aikido was said to be taught at the University of Antioquia. The Master of Tae Kwon Do from that region, and Master Fernandez both agreed that I should Compete under the School of Medellin, which happened to be right next door to the Judo Dojo which had made space for Aikido, a place that still exists today.
Kindly I refused by saying "Master you know of the Love for my Art, this school has opened its doors to me and welcomed me in as their own. How could I compete against my own students, my own roof, against you and this school. If they wish, they can train Budo with me next door".
Aikido, and the Tae Kwon Do School were not in the best of terms when I arrived but slowly a family of Martial Artist began to grow. By 6am you'd see Martial Artist of Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, and Kung Fu, doing what they Love, under the roof provided by the University of Antioquia". L.A.
1998-1999 Sensei Lenny White Muay Thai Fighter, Marine Boxin Champion. Sandan of Yoshinkan AikiBudo, Nippon. KickBoxing de Coldeportes Manizalez, Colombia. Sekai Sokeshi Luis F. Alba, Hanshi., became National Muay Thai Champion in a short period. He was allowed to compete due to his background in Martial Arts, and with the recomendation from the Liga Caldense of Tae Kwon Do.
Defeating three of his opponents, on the same day with much ease, he showed a skill in the old techniques of Muay Thai, studied in Temples.
It was also on this mat where he was challenged by two fighters of the Arts. One was a strong build KickBoxer whom's hight towered over the 5'7 hight of Sokeshi. The kickboxer was offended that his students had been defeated so easily, and requested a match Art vs. Art. Sokeshi, accepted the challenge.
The Kickboxer swang a one, two jab combination, followed with a kick to the side. Easily blocking the jabs of his opponent, by tamping on the top of the kickboxers knuckles, as if toying with him. When the kick came he easily blocked it and returned the favor, same kick with the same amount of power connecting to his opponent right under his left ribs, then procided to say, "If you are to fight, understand that you must be ready to indure your same strength".
After saying these words his opponents left leg almost collapsed. Regaining his posture, and upset at the pain he felt, and had shown. The kickboxer threw an over right hook with all his might, as Sokeshi was looking away, only to find himself caught in a Shiho Nage that humbled his apponent completly. Sokeshi, helped the kickboxer back up. The Kickboxer bowed, and humbuly aked if he could become his student. Sokeshi, later said.,
"Completing the technique, I felt the concret, as his body went through the matt, had the Tatami not been so thick he would have not ever want to box again.
Understanding that my power has no limit, and that my true intension was not to hurt him is what humbled him out, not the fact that he was defeated, for there was no winner only a teaching at it's purest sense of truth". L.A.
The other was a strong representitive of the Gracie Jujitsu Family.
"Judo is a very popular Art in Colombia, followed by NinJutsu though rarely trained in public. Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, and Kung Fu, were amongst the most popular Arts at the time. There where Two Tatamis where we trained one for Judo, the other for Muay Thai, and later Kung Fu. training was on the weekends since through out the week they used the same space for basketball, and volleyball. The location was no different then a public school gym, on a basketball court. One side of the court for us, the other for Judo. If you were sitting on the bleachers facing the Tatamis ours would be to your left.
I had been asked to teach AikiBudo, to the top students of Muay Thai, by Lenny White. After class on a Sunday morning I went to visit him, and introduce myself, "O so your the AikiBudo Master, I keep hearing about", he asked me to wait while he finished up with class so we could talk. We spoke about Budo, his life in the Marines, and when we reached the Park we sat for a bit on a bench on top of a hill, and spoke about his time with Yoshinkan. He felt as if he was not yet ready to teach Aikido to the public, but if I were to do so, I would have to prove myself.
"A friendly challenge?" he asked, "Sure" I replied. His hair was grey, height a bit shorter then mine, I wondered if he still had the strength to keep up with me. I had just seen how hard he could strike, so I knew to keep my distance, one thing led to another and he put his boxing to a side, got in close, and tried to performed technique, after technique, on me while I just did with him as I pleased. Then in one moment I grabbed his wrist, he hit me on a pressure point that made me release him, we both laughed cause after a while, that had been the only time he had surprised me "Sensei you are the Master of Budo, would you please teach my students". L.A.
"As time passed, I began to ask a great number of students to continue working on their Muay Thai, and focus more on the basics of Budo, while teaching the most advanced in Philosophy, and Technique. I went from a class of 70 to just about 12 that I found to be the most advanced.
The Judo Sensei, had requested a Gracie Jujitsu Seminar, that was being held at the same time as one of my classes. It was the first time I had seen the Art, I had heard of it, seen a fight or two, but that was the first time I had actually seen one of their representatives". L.A.
After a while the Jujitsu and Judo students, could not take their eyes off the students of Budo. For Sokeshi, it was the first time he had seen Gracie Jujitsu taught by a true fighter of the Art. Continuing on with their class, the two masters where at the same corner of the matts on opposite Tatami's neither said a word, and simply looked at each others students. "Aikido moves like Butterflies" said the Jujitsu Instructor in Portugues to his top student. Sokeshi, familier with the language replied in English;
"They do move with such grace, as the wings of a butterfly, don't they, but know these butterflies of Budo are deadly". L.A.
"The Jujitsu Intructor felt but insulted, and asked how about a competition my best student from Brazil, againts your best student". L.A.
A student of Sokeshi, quickly accepted the challenge. He had become very familiar with Bujutsu, and was confident of the Budo Sokeshi had taught him had him prepared enough. In a fierce deep ecco voice,
"They are not ready yet, they are merly bigginers, But I will accept the challenge". L.A.
The Jujitsu student had a smile on his face through out the whole time, and with that great smile happly declined his teachers request.
"It was as if they where family, I think it was his nephew, none the less the Gracie representative laughed as well, but in a moments glare before he could get mad at his student for desobaying his order he says, "Do you think Aikido, is Better then Gracie Jujitsu". L.A.
Sokeshi quickly replied, and asked in Spanish,
"How about a liltle demonstration teacher to teacher, it would be an honor to learn Gracie Jujitsu. I have seen it alot in New York". L.A.
At the time MMA was underground, and not many knew of it's recognition. The Representive with a huge smile agreed, and was invited on to the Budo section of the matt with all the Jujitsu and Judo Students. Students of Mauy Thai were asked to sit as well, by Lenny White.
"When the Representative, stepped on to the tatami he said "I feel a great Spirit, and Peace on this matt". To which I replied,. "Budo is based on Harmony. Please, attack with out mercy". L.A.
Two great masters face to face, you could fell as if a tornado had entered the room, as Sokeshi stood in front of his opponent. The Jujitsu fighter lunges, trying to enter deep towards Sokeshi's waist, in an attempt to take him down. As if antisipating his apponent's attack, Ushiro Ashi Sokeshi stepped back, stopping a Tsuki a form of Aikido strike to the top of his opponets head.
Sokeshi, then simply opened his hand and put his palm on the top of the fighters head, which sent him face first into the matt, Tskuki again inches away from his opponets face. The Jujitsu fighter smiled amazed of Sokeshi's speed. As he stood he asked "Do you care to try it once more. This time I will not under estimate you".
The Jujitsu fighter again threw himself with amaizing speed at Sokeshi's waist, Irimi Ashi Senkai stepping in front of, and then stepping of to the side of his opponent. Sokeshi then tapped the Jujitsu fighter on the shoulder, wich made him completly loose balance, and land chest first on the matt while sliding of a few feet across.
The Jujitsu fighter was completely surprised, but you could see his intensions were now of a fight. Once more he stood up and this time entered with all his might. Sokeshi stood still, and at the last moment simply stepped back again Tsuki to the top of the head stopping it just inches from his target, and quickly stepped with his back foot to a side, while again tapping his opponent on the shoulder with the same result. But this time Sokeshi stalked his opponent as the Jujitsu fighter put his hands on the mat to regain his balance he then looked away to gather his strength, as he looked back with the intention to stike, Sokeshi was quickly in the face of his target, the opponent found himself facing, and being pushed back by the preassure of his strike.
Immediately the fighter turned his face as to not get hit in a more vital area, since he was still with his hands and knees on the matt just regainning his composure, but in that moment Sokeshi retreated his attack. Now he stood directly at his feet behind his opponent, while his opponent looked around searching for Sokeshi on the mat, as if doing a push up. Sokeshi, stood still, his opponent turned towards his left and right several times. At about the third time as he turned his head once more to the left just a little more, Sokeshi then moved again returning to the exact same place where he had tapped his apponent on the shoulder. It took a moment for the Jujitsu fighter to look towards Sokeshi's direction expecting the worst. As he slowly stood, and turned to look over his right shoulder, he found Sokeshi standing, watching over him, as Sokeshi replied,.
"Tai Sabaki are the foundations of Budo, Spirit is the essence of all Arts, always move with grace. Budo, is an Art of Spirit. Aikido is not for competition, that is why there are other Arts which do so. We too have Jujitsu in our Art but call it Aikijujitsu, and Aikijujutsu. Like in Judo if I let u grab me or take me down, I would have to rely on other strategies, but not Bujutsu. AikiBudo, is an Art of Peace. Though a single strike can kill". L.A.
Looking into the Jujitsu fighter's eyes Sokeshi says;
"Thought I've proven my point, it'll be an honor to learn Gracie Jujitsu from a true Warrior". L.A.
They taught each other techniques, it was wonderful, just amazing seeing two great teachers learning from one another. With such love, and respect for each others Arts. Standing in a grappaling form, the Jujitsu fighter showed Sokeshi how fast he could take the center of an opponet by bringing him down just at the right moment, and Sokeshi showed the Jujitsu Fighter how to focus his Ki towards the many different directions. Then throwing his opponents across the entire length of the matt with ease.
On the ground though Sokeshi was like a child learning something new,
"AikiJujutsu and Budo revolve on Suwari Waza techniques as well, it'll be intresting to know what techniques you have when you are pinned on ur back. I teach my students never to be taken down, and how to ground themselves to our Mother Earth". L.A.
A simple demonstration of the Jujitsu Fighter trying to lift Sokeshi was enough, he could barely budge him. They proceded to take to the ground Sokeshi on top, he quickly choked the Jujitsu Fighter with a preassure point to the neck. Then the Jujitsu fighter asked if he could humbly demostrate a strong choke used in their school from that very same position. In wonder Sokeshi agreed, and sure enough the Jujitsu Fighter did not hold back, and demonstrated an arm lock with his legs, which really impressed Sokeshi.
With Sokeshi, on the bottom the pages where different unlike the Fighter whom held his opponent close, Sokeshi would easily find a way to send his opponent flying at the moment of impact. His opponent would grab his waist go for the take down, Sokeshi would allow for the take down, and just as or a moment before his back touch the mat he would send his opponent flying a few feet across the matt. With enough time for Sokeshi to stand, and begin his Stike before his apponent had touched the Tatami.
"Suicide techniques in Bujutsu are deadly, not only for the opponent but whom executes them. The terrain must be studied well as to not land on a sharp rock, and the energy behind your oppents attack and intentions must be great, or you'll find yourself trapped under a strong stance, study this well". L.A.
The Jujitsu fighter said such techniques, and mind sets were not often known in Brazil, and asked if he could demonstrate two of their most powerful chokes. The Jujitsu fighter took Sokeshi's arm, and put his arms around his neck while on a top mounted position of to a side, as if hugging him with an arm up, showing him precicly how to apply pressure, and which angle would be best to squeez and turn towards.
"The choke was perfect" Sokeshi said, "If you wished to use full strength, it would surely win a match". The other was with Sokeshi laying on his back the fighter asked "What would you do in such case". Sokeshi said clearly, "Stike as you would". L.A.
The fighter did, only to find himself tricked as his own energy was used against him just enough to meet the tip of Sokeshi's elbow or fist, had the intentions been real no doubt the opponet would have been shattered. The fighter mentioned that alot of his apponents would often give their backs to him when he was on top, regardless of the situation trying to escape.
Even though striking was not a requierment for them, it would make their opponents turn and they would quickly go for the choke from behind, again the Jujitsu fighter showed Sokeshi exactly how to place his arms, and proceed to squeeze as he keeped pressure on his back. Sokeshi, said,.
"Such powerful techniques, you should employ striking into your Art, then you'll be a force to be wreken with". L.A.
With a huge hugh the two Masters looked at each others eyes with much respect and love, as if they where now bothers of the Path. Sokeshi, looked at all the students and said.,
"It takes years to Master Budo, modern Aikido is very different. You must hold various Dan's in the Arts, only then could you train Budo, and only with the approval of your Teacher, and your Teacher's Teacher, this is Tradition. The Arts you are training now are no different then the basics of Budo, learn them to the out most perfection of the Arts.
Aikido, technique alone can not move an apponenet. You need Spirit to do so. Train hard, Master the Arts. Don't let a Judoka grab you, dont let a Jujitsu fighter take you down, out kick a boxer, and out box a kicker this is how you'll win". L.A.
Soon after it was said that Gracie Jujitsu had now began the study of striking Arts as a requirement, to make them a force unlike no other in MMA.
It wasnt long before Military Commanders and Generals of diferent branches came to visit the dojo, where the Budo Master was said to be found. At the moment Sokeshi was giving a demonstration of the Arts about to show a technique in zeiza with his oldest student as Uke, they sat side by side. Sokeshi, explained how Budo is all about Ki, and how Ki is found in everything.
"If there is no ki there is no technique". L.A.
He said in a deep voice., Side by side his Uke atttaks, Shomen Uchi. Sokeshi, grabbed his opponents left wrist and placed his right palm under his opponents elbow lifting him over his head, sending him flying across the Tatami towards his left side. "Suwari Waza" he says.
The opponent flew so far that he hesitated on sitting in proper Zeiza again. The militaty Generals where greatly impressed, and asked Sokeshi to teach some of their top men. Aikibudo, then began to be recognized as the True Essence of Aikido.
In Colombia the Arts true root had finally been revealed. Sekai Sokeshi Luis F. Alba, Hanshi., only taught those loyal to the Arts, and recieved the nickname of Master Ninja, though in respect by the local Dojos of the area, for his dedication in the Arts. The University of Caldas also took much intrest in the Art Asking Sokeshi to speak of it's Essence.
"When First Meeting Lenny White, after his kickboxing class we walked to a near park, speaking about the US. Marines, and the Arts. He asked for an all out spar to test my skill since he knew nothing of me. I easly out matched him, but then he went for a Kote Gaeshi which supprised me, I went to reversed the technique to a Shiho Nage but he reacted soon by striking me in a pressure point on my wrist, which made me release the grip, I laughed and asked where did u learn that.
He Says to me "I am of Yoshinkan Budo, and keep it much to myself but you are far superior in the Art". "Asking, me to teach seven of his closest students in a mat space of half a basketball court. I began learning more about Yoshinkan, and Mauy Thai". L.A.
"Counting seventy faithfull students of AikiBudo, after a period of just a month. It was the first Public Dojo where I had been asked to teach, and express my Art. Tae Kwon Do Temple of the Liga Caldense did allow me to teach as well. But it was with Lenny where my Art was truly brought out to the public. Budo Temple in Funza had only Twelve Students. Whom I personally selected, they had not to pay a dime for teachings". L.A.
"In Mauy Thai Dojo, students would simply give a donation that I would pass on to Lenny for the opportunity he had presented me. It was never my intension to teach Budo to the general public. I trully thanked him for the opportunity, it opended my eyes and brought a certain warmth to my heart, in seeing such dedicated students.
Even students of Tae Kwon Do Temple would often come visit when I taught, and those of other Arts soon joined as well, "A Tradition taught at it's best", they said". L.A.
"The time came when I would move to Medellin, though my teacher from the Tae Kwon Do League wanted me to continue fighting wether by their side or other, it was an offer i had to refuse and replied.,
"I cannont fight against the school I have faught for. You've allowed me to express my views, and have blessed me in many ways, but i cannot fight my own brother's the members of this school, I will however fight by your side at any given moment. In Medellin there exists Aikido, im not to familier with your modern ways so it's them I'll seek. I must hold my honor, and not fight against those whom blessed my path, lets not forget I've already defeated their team in Tea Kwon Do, I cannot come here and do the same. You are, my family". I clearly remember that day, we were at the new Dojo upstairs in the office while I said my farewells". L.A.
Sokeshi said these words with a smile on his face.
"I wonder where I would be, had I not opened up to the World". L.A.
1999 - 2000 Sensei Juan Guillermo Hernandez Gil Shokyujin Dojo. Shodan, Aikido Aikikai Hombu. Universidad De Antioquia, Aikido Aikikai. Medellin, Colombia. "This School was founded by Sensei Terry Ezra, a 4th Dan at the time from the Great Britain Aikido Aikikai Association. The style of this school, is very Traditional.
Techniques are used at an ultimate level, helping any student confront a real life situation with much ease. Students here learn how to value Philosophy, Japanese language and it's value in culture, Kanji, and most important proper etiquette.
I thank this Dojo deeply for teaching me more about Shinto, and Zen. It was here too when i first learned of KyuDo. Sensei Juan Guillermo Hernandez Gil, whom is currently a Sandan of Aikikai Hombu Dojo, and can be found in Hojoshinkan Dojo in Colombia, became like a brother to me, his students as my children, and family.
It was thanks to him that Yamada Sensei, and I where able to meet. On our Trip to Bogota, where we met with Yamada, I invited Juan Guillermo, and his students to stay in Funza at Budo Temple. It was funny seeing my students of Funza, especially the young children of Budo teaching, the older students of Aikido proper posture. We had the time of our lives". L.A.
1999 - 2000 Sensei Ivano Zinto Godan, Yoshinkan Aikido. Italy. Medellin, Colombia. "Attending a South American Seminar of Yoshinkan Aikido. I was able to meet and train with a 5th Dan from Italy. According to what he told me my reputation had followed me to Europe.Grateful of my pressence, the repetuar for the seminar chanced. We would now do one technique, after the other saying "You do it right, remember it, make it a part of you, and continue with the next techniqueAsking me, to remember as much as possible. Photographic memory, it's as if it were only yesterday. Zinto Sensei, dedicated a great part of the seminar to Tanto Justsu, and Tai Sabaki, we covered all the basics. Often many fell to the floor in pain from going back, and fourth with the movements.
There were no breaks in between counts, and the temperture was but all friendly, non the less it was an experience we should all encounter.
When I got home I would immediatly write down each movement we made, no matter how small, so to not to forget a thing. I still carry with me the very same notes today.
In a period of three days we trainned under intense heat, above us was a roof made of tile which made the Tatami to hot, to even step on. Regardless we did, and Trained from Eight Am., for about Nine hours a Day. I was awarded 4th Dan, after the Seminar.
People today are not willing to commit to the Arts in such ways, or hard conditions, weather Rain, Snow, Lightning, or Storm. Training never ends.
These are the True practitioners of Budo". L.A.
In a deep strong voice Sokeshi, continued to say,. "Become One with Nature, for the Universe itself will protect you. Zanshin, focus your Ki". L.A.
1999-2000 Ninpo NinJutsu Ryu, Nippon. Medellin, Colombia. Invitations were sent to Shokyujin Dojo, by those of Ninjitsu, strictly ment for Yudansha level students, which at the time were few if none.
Sokeshi requested that such an invitation should not be looked away, and that he would personally attend. With the blessings of Juan Guillermo Sensei, Sokeshi attended the seminar.
Once there the people were amazed to see that instead of regular students, they had whom they seeked. After the seminar, Alba Sensei was asked by the Grand Master of Ninjitsu in the region, to visit their morning class the next day.
"Since class began early it would be an easy travel. At the time I traveled by motorcycle every where I went, it was a black Suzuki TSR 185. I went from the corners of Antioquia, all the way to the Mountains of Caldas on that bike, it was just as good on road as it was off. Rain, Cold weather, nothing would stop me from training, and some places were worth the long travel.
As a child raised in N.Y. we barley see open roads with so much wild life. I went to some of the most beautiful places that any one can train in, under a water falls some as tall as the highest sky scrapers, at the tip of mountains that make all others look so small in comparison at the highest peek able to see all the others and land beneath, rivers surrounded by fresh water fish, training was a must for me, alone in my travels.
However, this seminar was in the city, closer to me then the University. I was the first one there. By late morning members of other Arts as well had arrived, from various places of the Country. The Ninjitsu were about to begin a Kumutei of South American Fighters". L.A.
Sokeshi, by this time had retired competing but the Master insisted he participate in the match. After seeing the Ninjitsu Fighters destroy their competition, it was clear this was no regular match. A student of Sokeshi, from Manizales had too recieved an invitation and went to Medellin to attend the match. Master, and student meeting on the field.
"He was a practitioner of Kung Fu at the time, and had only trained a period of four months with me". L.A.
"The Kung Fu Fighter, was Happy to see his Master Ninja once again". L.A.
A name that was given to Sokeshi, in Manizalez. Caldas, Colombia.
"I was asked to attend a metting, told it would be a small seminar, never did I expect to fight". the Kung Fu student mentioned, as his name was called for the next battle.
"You do not have to fight",. L.A. Sokeshi replied.
The Kung Fu student of Budo says, " Master, I did not know of your pressence here, I have become a good Fighter in Kung Fu, and have held your teachings deep with in my heart, please allow me to prove myself, this is why I've come to continue your Legacy".
This was the first time Sokeshi had heard such words, and with a slite bow agreed. The student proceeded to the fight, and won. Non the less Sokeshi, had seen fear in his student's eyes, as the match's with the elder students of Ninjitsu began to take place.
Sokeshi, called the Head Master of Ninjitsu. "I will fight, if theres must be a winner",. L.A.
Shortly after Alba Sensei, was asked to fight a green belt of the Ninjitsu Art. Sokeshi, dressed in a Traditional White Kimono, with a white Hakama that he had hand made. Stood gracefully on the field. The student of Ninjitsu quickly striked with a combination, but by the time he was done, Sokeshi was already standing behind him, and easly threw his opponent with a Kata Dori pulling on his opponents Kimono at a fourty five degree angle. With a mear grab, sending his opponent flying threw the field.
Sokeshi's student was then asked to fight a black belt, which held no mercy on the Kung Fu fighter. Non the less he fought well, and defeated his opponent.
Being one of the last remaining Sokeshi was asked to fight against a man with a Blue belt whom was actually a Shodan of the Ninjitsu Art, whom had left his belt at home. Thinking Sokeshi would under estimate his opponent he began attacking slow. Sokeshi, this time seeing his apponent was much larger then him decided to prove that size in the Arts does not matter he grounded himself while letting the Ninjitsu fighter kick him in Mae Geri to the solar plex.
It seemed as if the Ninjitsu fighter was kicking a brick wall, the harder the strike the further he would bounce back in pain. The fighter soon got agravated by such a display of power and continued to strike with an Atemi to the face, simply to find himself punching the wind, and a leg streched right under his chin as if a perfect picture of a Tae Kwon Do Book, Chop Chagie, or in Budo Yoko Geri. Impressed at his display of technique the Ninjitsu fighter surrended saying "There is no point to continue, you would have defeated me at will".
Upset that his fighters were loosing the high ranking Ninjitsu Master said that now he himself would fight too, starting with the Kung Fu student of Budo. The student could only use but so much of what little strength he had left, and had put to well use all the things, though few, that he learn through out his time with Sokeshi.
"Be carefull he'll use pressure points if needed" Sokeshi, warned,. L.A.
The fight began, and the Kung Fu student fought so well, but was defeated non the less by a trike to a pressure point on the chest. The Ninjitsu Master pareliced the Kung Fu Fighter whom only had the change to gaze his look at Sokeshi as he fell. Upset at the display, Sokeshi would hold no mercy for the next fighters to come.
Called upon for what was said to be the last fight. Sokeshi, would fight the Son of the Grandmaster of Ninjitsu, whom was easily defeated. For every one strike the Ninjitsu fighter threw, Sokeshi would reply with four that connected. At times throwing his opponet like a rag doll or pinning him using one hand. Untill the student Ninjitsu Fighter surrendered the fight.
Still on the fighting Field Sokeshi, was then challenged by the great fighter Grand Master of Ninjitsu whom had ealier defeated his student. Now they where face to face,.
"You dare use such a technique because you knew he would have won, now I will teach you the Nature of your own Power". L.A.
These words shocked every one, especially the Kung Fu fighter whom had never seen this side of Sokeshi, before. A hot day sweating from the heat, Sokeshi droppen the upper right side of his Kimono to a side, as if to shield his left from a sword. While he mentioned,.
"AikiBujutsu are the Sacred Techniques of Budo, the true Art of Ninja". L.A.
The Ninjitsu Master enraged at his words proceded to strike in what seemed to be a throw of combinations going hundreads of miles an hour, you could barely see their arms as they moved. As if time itself had slowed down for Sokeshi, he blocked each stike, and responded to each of his opponent's attack.
This time for each blow his opponent thew Sokeshi would tap his opponent in a different pressure point throughout the body, which quickly slowed down the Ninjitsu Master. In a moment of dispare The Ninjitsu Fighter used the same pressure point stike he had use on Sokeshi's student, in wich Sokeshi blocked with his arm reversing the energy of Ki within the strike, sprainning his opponetn's index knuckle, and finger. The Ninjitsu Fighter moved back as if a shock wave had hit him.
Alba Sensei, then proceeded with a Tsuki, the pressure behind the strike was so great that the Grand Master of Ninjitsu lost his balance with out even a single touch.
As the Ninjitsu fighter was about to fall Sokeshi stopped his attack, Ryo Kata Dori, helpping his opponent regain balance. Every one was shocked that he did not strike to finish the fight, so they proceded again.
This time Alba Sensei, was the agressor, and in a form of what seemed to be a dance of Tai Sabaki, Sokeshi moved from right to left in a Kiba Dashi or Shizentai stance, with his arms open wide from side to side, as if putting the Ninjitsu warrior in a trance.
The fighter quickly surrendered still affected by the presure of Sokeshi's previous intended strike, though he did not touch him at all, not only was he impressed but such actions had his mind lost. The Ninjitsu Grand Master, had no other choice but to admit his own defeat.
As Sokeshi walked away with the Kung Fu Fighter, the Ninjitsu Master proceeded to send word with his son, "This has been the best fight my father has fought in a very long time". The Grand Master of Ninjtsu soon regained his Energy, and personally asked Sokeshi to return the following week to teach his Ninjitsu students, and himself the Art of Budo.
Shortly after, before returning to the States. Alba Sensei, was awarded a Master Certificate of Acupuncture in the Art of the Ninja.
"Attending a seminar for the Yudanshas of the Arts. I met with a High ranking Yudansha of Ninjitsu from Nipon. With him I recieved a diploma in the Arts of Acupuncture . I'm greatly thankfull for the many hours we spend speaking of the Arts.
I asked the Ninjutsu Grand Master to hold on to my degree, for one day I would find him, and return for it in Medellin. Many years have passed since I've visited the Land, but I know the Art of Ninjitsu in Medellin still exists, with the teachings of my Budo". L.A.
1999 - 2000 Sensei Yoshimitsu Yamada Yu Dan, Aikido Aikikai. Nippon. 5th International Seminar of Aikido Bogota, Colombia. "The trip to Bogota, from Medellin was an unforgettable one, we laughed the whole way there". L.A.
"The Shokujin Dojo, in Medellin was invited to the Capital of Colombia, Bogota. To attend a Seminar with a famous Master from Japan by the name of Yoshimitsu Yamada.
He had Established an Aikikai School in New York, Manhattan to be exact, and was well known around the World.
In his youth. Yamada, had the opportunity of studding directly with our Founder. Morihei Uyeshiba, O'Sensei. If I'm correct it was O'Sensei himself, whom sent Yamada to the States to be a representative of the Aikikai Foundation, Established in Tokyo". L.A.
This Seminar will be open, to all the Federations. Alba Sensei, got word that members of other schools, of a much rougher style were planning of attending the seminar, basically to prey on the softer styles. To make sure the all would be fine, and peaceful Sokeshi agreed to attend.
"I remember we got there a bit late. On a Friday if I'm not wrong, it was about an 8hr. car ride, stopped along the way to eat, and let the guys rest up a bit. As we pulled in, the car began to act up, so we would have to push it, to start it. Every one was in great humor, and glad we had arrived. The place was so Beautiful, O'Sensei's picture was huge almost from floor to ceiling.
Once we walked in you could see everyone dressed in their white Kimono. Training, as one family. I stood amazed at the smiles, as new people met for the first time on the Tatami. So glad to have heir first encounter with such a high ranking Master from Japan, and what I would call, all of his closest friends, and students from the different places of the World.
After the Seminar, and pushing the car to get it started. We drove to a near by town, called Funza. Where my Grandfather, a Native, and practicioner of the Arts, waited for us all till late, with sandwiches, and sodas. He owned a little store in town.
We stood up till early next day, while he told us Native Poems, and spoke about Life. We drank Aguardiente, told jokes, it was pretty fun.
We soon, all woke up early, at about 8am. With 3hrs sleep I think I was up by 4:30 with the Old Man. It was about 12 of us, including myself, and the members of the Shokyujin Dojo, whom were heading out to the Seminar.
Had breakfast at my Grand Father's store, and continued pushing on the car, to start, were ever we went, until we got to our destination.". L.A.
On a sat. in the 5th International Seminar of Aikido. Many people from all over the World attended. The place was full of dedicated practitioners amongst them, there were the ones that Sokeshi had come to keep an eye on.
"As the people trained so full of grace, and love for their Art. It was later by the mid morning towards the beginning of the afternoon that I began to see that the peoples mood, we're now focused on performing techniques to their best.
Members of other schools, were a bit rougher then most. So I called each one over, and explained how different styles, do techniques softer then others, so we must be careful not to hurt our Ukes. Using each one as an example they realized what I meant.
"You see I tell them". "You can barely move me, trying to use your strength, yet you see how hard I can throw you when you don't expect it. Be kind to one another". "Sensei", they said, knowing me from training with me in the past. "We'll be kind from now on". L.A.
"Training on the Tatami with so many people was a real unique encounter, it was the first time this young Master was in front of so many practitioners. It wasn't till I reached Colombia, that I began opening up to teach the public, before this in New York, I would teach at Parks where the grass was soft enough to do ukemi.
As a child though, we would find thrown out mattresses and use them as Tatami, a block away from my building the store sold this long broom stick painted in black with a grip, this we used as Jo's and Bokken's, a lot has changed for the best since then". L.A.
"Often in class Yamada Sensei, would walk near me focused on my every move. Unlike many, I teach my Uke's how to roll out of Techniques which allows me to use full speed. Now a days I see many schools teaching their students to just fall straight on their back which can hurt you in the long run. One must learn how to blend with technique both as Uke, and Nage.
I remember clearly I had a lady student of the Dojo at the University of Antioquia whom was my Uke, we were doing Katate Dori Kote Gaeshi Ushiro, a form of wrist throw. When suddenly I see, Yamada Sensei, standing right in front us watching us as we were doing technique, he stood there as I counted 8 throws, while looking at me shaking his head as if saying Good Job.
When Sensei Yoshimitsu Yamada, first recognized me, in my mind, it had to be that moment, maybe as I like to say Technique spoke for itself.
All of the Head Instructors, and Masters, were called in for a meeting, I think this was on a Saturday. As we gathered in a circle, Yamada in a loud voice, he says to me "Where is your Hakama?". It seemed as if he recognized me since his time in New York, "Word got to me that you were here, I had to see it for my self". L.A.
"You see as a child I trained with Shiba Sensei, who was like a Father to me at the time. He is the one solely responsible, for perfecting the Foundation for whom I am today. The one responsible of making sure my grades were kept in high standards, and the one whom made sure my time after school was well spend on training.
It's thanks to him that I had the blessing of meeting Mr. Suzuki of AikiBudo, and Mr. Tanaka of AikiBudo and the Art of Shotokan.
On one occasion in the depths of my memory I remember taking a trip from Queens, in to Manhattan with my Master Shiba. We visited a Large Dojo, and walked around Central Park. We trained on a huge rock there, and so I thought this memory might just had been wishful thinking for years. It wasn't until Yamada approached me that the memory clicked, had it been his school the one I visited so long ago, could had he remembered me from so long ago,..
As the years passed, it wasn't until my Grandmother, from my mothers side came to live in the States, whom with her she brought and old picture send to her by my mother which shows me in a low stance on top of that very same rock, then I knew the old memory to be real.
As we age, they'll be some things we wonder if they had ever been, and so is the reason for this Autobiography. Returning to Yamada, as this thought passed throw my mind of where he could have known me from, with a Great Smile I replied,.
"Sensei I wear a White Hakama, my Art is that of a Spiritual one, and did not want to disrespect the Aikikai". L.A.
In a low voice I said those words, while slightly bowing infront of Yamada.
"No", He says, "You should wear a black Hakama. You are a Master, it is now time to wear a Black Hakama". Looking at Sensei Juan Guiellermo Yamada then asked " Do you have a Hakama for the Master?". "No, he replied" in a low tone, "I my self am wating for a new one". "Would one be Ready for him, before he returns to the States" Yamada quickly replied.
"I would soon be returning to the States but was unsure of wether going back home to New York, or visiting Florida first. The creator of the Hakamas in Colombia at the time, was a Sandan, Teacher of Aikikai and a Student from Italy, whom also had the opportunity of visiting us in Budo Temple, Funza". L.A.
"Continuing on with the conversation he said "Sensei I do not have the current fabrick requiered, and am afraid it would take months before completing". L.A.
Sokeshi, saw this upon as an opportunity to use his last few weeks in the Country wisely, "Sensei, I have made all my White Hakamas by hand, It would take some time but I will make a black one as well before reaching home". Yamada Sensei, with a great smile looked into his eyes, "Hai, so it will be".
Yamada Sensei, then proceeded on inviting Sokeshi to New York, to train in his Dojo for a year. Then he would personally recommend him to the AikiJinja in Nipon, where Sokeshi so dreamed to be....
"In our short conversation of the Art I mentioned to Yamada Sensei, my wish of training with Morihiro Saito Sensei, of the Aikijinja in Iwama". L.A.
Yamada Sensei, was greatly wishing to fullfill this students dream, "Luis, if you do not come back to New York, and move to Florida instead, then help teach at my students school in Boca Raton. Then come visit me for a couple of months, and I'll personally send you to Japan".
It was around this time that our loved Morihiro Saito Sensei, fell ill. Passing away in 2002.
"It was around 2000 when I came to Florida. Everything was so unfamiliar to me compared to the fast pace of New York, and Colombia. Since I didn't want to be a bother I decided to wait praying for Saito Father's health to be stronger then ever, so I to could train under the Master, the Guardian of the AikiJinja.
I remember hearing about the celebration of O'Sensei, in spring each year at the AikiJinja, wishing to be there by Saito's side. I sat on the beach pier every night on Indian Atlantic 5av. closest thing I had to N.Y. in Melbourne. Saying maybe next month I'll go to back home, a couple of months later the opportunity presented itself to move to Orlando, and after traveling the State I found it the best place to settle in FL.
I began teaching here and there preparing to move to Japan, but first I wanted to spend some time with Yamada back home as well. Though Saito Father health hadn't improved, I was still willing to commit myself to helping out as much as I could at the AikiJinja. In 2002 the Guardian left in charge of caring for the AikiJinja by O'Sensei himself, joined our Founder in Heaven. Saito Father, is truly missed". L.A.
Sokeshi, says with a tear in his eye. As life would have it Saito Sensei's son Hitohiro Saito, and Sokeshi, would meet just a couple of years later at the Aiki Expo in 2005.
After Alba's Sensei, personal conversation with Yamada. Sensei Yamada, gathered all the top Yudanshas of his Federation, and aked Sokeshi to give a speech of Budo to all the high ranking members of the Aikikai. Luz Elena, and Juan Guillermo of the Shokyujin Dojo were present at the speech.
It was later said, though Sokeshi's words were ment for only for the ones there present, his words where trully inspiring, as he is a man of True Spirit.
"It was truly an Honor to have met Yamada Sensei, a direct student of O'Sensei and Kisshomaru Uyeshiba. I thank him dearly for joining together so many great practitioners of the Arts, under one roof.
Yudansha's came to visit Colombia, from all over the World, Nippon, Argentina, Ecuador, Carribean Islands, including Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil. Basically practitioners of all South, North, and Central America had come to the seminar.
If I'm correct it was the first Aikido seminar to involve such a high ranking member of the Aikikai ever held in Colombia, plus the Masters that came along are very good themselves as well, and I'm so glad to have been a part of such a great event.
I was amazed to see how many people truly took into their heart, our Embracing Path of Aiki. This opportunity for me however was made possible through Sensei Juan Guillermo Hernandez Gil, of the Hojoshinkan, and Shokyujin Dojos of Medellin, in Colombia". L.A.
"My Grand Father had taveled to the city of Bogota from Funza, to presence, see the seminar for himself. When entering he saw a huge picture of O'Sensei, as his eyes began to tear he say's to me "That's, My Old Man" a person whom my Grand Father referred to, through our many conversations, and whom he spoke of as if related to, as his very own father.
I was surprised at his reaction. Out of no where Yamada appeared from behind me, and shook my Grandfather's hand, as if they've had known each other all their lives. They both smiled, so dearly, saying hi to each other as they could. I could feel the bond that, joined them. A bond, I can understand after coming across real masters of our Art, though out the years.
My Grandfather, says to me "You've chosen the right Path, all these years I've been wondering if the Art you've chose to Master is that of Budo, and had I not come here I wouldn't not have been so proud to see with my own eyes how blessed you are, now I can rest in peace knowing the Art continues on within you".
I gave him a huge hug as, he sat to view the seminar with a glowing smile. It was then when I opened up to the Shihan of Aikikai. Yamada's, Nikkyo's makes you value your wrist, we had a great time training together". L.A.
1997 - 2000 Colombia, Sur America. Sokeshi Luis F. Alba, became the Pioneer of AikiBudo, in Colombia. From the Mountains of Caldas, The Mountain City of Manizales, Medellin, throughout Antioquia, Bogota, Funza, Pereira,. These were the regions where he traveled most, once in a while he would visit Cali as well. Though Aikido did exist at the time, in Bogota and Medellin, it was our Soke's Budo that the people took in to their heart. It was Sokeshi's Budo, that of O'Sensei himself, which had not only grown in popularity through out the streets, and schools of Colombia, but in New York at first, Japan "Nippon", then South America, and Europe.
"Through out my visit to Colombia. I would often stay in the Mountains of Caldas, and the Forests of Antioquia,dedicating to my training from Dawn to Night. My time was well spend waking up at 4:30a.m., begin with meditation for an hour, and by 5:45a.m. I would be showered, in full Kimono, with a Daisho by my side, two knives place on opposite sides of my back, and a Bokken and Jo on my left hand.
I would walk down the Mountains since we were on the highest peek, to the tip of a cliff. Training the basics of all the Arts I had learned to that time. My Kiai's would echo in between the Mountains, for miles.
At five in the morning, you would see a bed of clouds as they covered the valley, it looked like an Ocean in the sky, full of white, and only the tip of the Mountains showed. It's this sight, every morning which made me be on time, each and every day. As the time would pass the skies would begin to open, revealing the Land beneath. I would eat fruit of the trees, and drink water of the Mountain spring, if I got hungry or thirsty. I would simply reside prayers in the mind to keep busy while I did all I set out to do.
At times though its good to relax, let the Mind, and Body Heal. Every now and then I would sit back, and simply enjoy the view. If you focused enough you could hear the strength of the river below. By five p.m. the Clouds would begin to set, and the Land darken. I would walk to the biggest, and thickest, plantain tree, and ask its permission to practice the Striking Arts, not just for training, but for food. Though my Swords were sharp, food to me was better earned in such a way. What took half a day at first, became a mere 2minutes at most in the end.
When the palm was completely ripped of the stem, I would cut the plantain stock, and carry them up the hills to the house. By seven or nine p.m. I would sit down to eat. In a few months the same palm would grow a new tree.
All dressed in White Kimono, throughout long days and nights. Some how my clothes managed to stay clean, regardless of rain, mud, or sweat. Often telling my Loved ones, it's my Spirit which makes it so.
I would finish the Night, by writing all the memories I've had of Budo since a child. Reflecting on all the Teachings that had been passed on to me. Trying to find the correct order, on which they can all come together in perfect flow. The same order, I use today, when I Teach.
As time passed I came across ancient books of the Arts. Hidden, in Old Book stores, in the towns, and cities of Colombia. I studied them to depth, some were of Scripture, others of the Arts, all related to Budo.
Hence forth, I came across a book which held O'Sensei's poems, called The Path of Harmony. It was a small book that would easily fit in my back pocket, which I began to take with me where ever I would go. Studying these Poems in depth, I found in them Hidden Meanings, and better ways of Mastering Techniques. It's in these very Poems, where the Secret of our Art Dwells".
"In the Cities I would only go to visit the Dojos, I had come to see as my own students, and Family. In the Forest, and Jungles, I would only dedicated to the training of Spirit, and Daisho.
In the Forest of Antioquia, I would run across the valley through a river, around this great hill, towards a hidden stream, that fell from the Mountains.
It was there, in the middle of the water in between the trees, which merely let small rays of the sun shine through, that I would dedicate from morning, till dusk the training of both the Spirit, Mind, and Body.
Up the stream, I would remove my Hakama, top Gi, and Weapons, after training in the water. I would begin to Meditate in the River which seemed empty at first, but out of no where, an immense amount of fish would appear, all different colors, shapes, and sizes, that would begin to swim around me.
Of to the side of the stream, I swam in a small Natural pool, large enough for the whole Family to swim, that the river had created. We would jump from the top of a large hill into the water, to see who could perform the best technique's in the air. They would bring me lunch around noon or three. At times I would dedicate the later part of the day to horse back riding through out the Land, in full Kimono with the Daisho by my side.
It was truly and Honor to have had such opportunities, that Enlighten my Spirit, in ways that the concert Jungle of New York, would not have done.
To bring a man of the City, to that of Nature, was not an easy task for me to accept, but non the less it was one that had to be taken before my Grand Father's Passing. If I were to Master our Families Lineage, and that of my Master's. I would have to walk into the Essence of Nature, itself, and endure it's Teachings". L.A.
2000 - 2001 Master Tony Chung Chung Tae Kwon Do, Korea. 4th Dan, Korean Tae Kwon Do. Four Time World Tae Kwon Do Champion Melbourne, Florida. "Coming to Florida, my first Dojo to visit was in Palm Bay, Melbourne Area, with the Chung Family".
Sokeshi, was able to teach their students, his views on Sparring Techniques. His students later went to compete in the National Chung Tae Kwon Do Championship, all coming home with Gold. Later some went on to compete at the Pan American Championship's.
"I found it interesting that I was allowed to wear my Black Belt of Budo, with the Kanjis of my Art's that fall besides each side. Aikido on the Left, represents the side of Spirit, and AikiBujutsu on the right the side of Power, Science, and Matter. Joined at the bottom with the Left, over the Right, they create the Kanji of AikiBudo".
"At the competition of the Chung Schools, before for the Pan American Games. I was asked to judge a couple of black belt sparing competitions, by the elders.
Taking no questionable strikes as a point, the fighters had to literally strike their opponent, not just a tap for me to count it, and if at all. The elders saw this, and were surprised to see such a traditional approach towards a spar".
"I was awarded the title of Grand Master, by the Chung Family".
Sokeshi, would say,.
"I miss training with Tony, he's the most well rounded fighter I have encountered. I was no match for him when it came to pure kicks, he was no match for me in the other Arts.
Sparing till late night was the best. We would go all out, Tony would say "Wow I've never kicked someone so hard, and them not go down", or on another occasions "How could you block that". Tony, is very strong, and has a very fast, and powerful side snap kick, or Yoko Geri".
Sokeshi, continued his teachings and training with the Chung Family through out his remaining period in Melbourne, Florida. Spending long hours at the dojo, Tony teaching our Soke, the old traditional Korean style of Tae Kwon Do.
Sokeshi, teaching Tony the Traditional Arts of Budo. It is clear their friendship was great at the time, and they would always remain as brothers of the Arts.
"The time was well spent at the Dojo Sokeshi, I became well Trained in Arts of ; Shaolin Kung Fu Tai Chi Hapkido Muay Thai & Jujutsu".
"I am greatly thankful for the wisdom passed down to me from the Chung Family. Allowing me to share all my views on sparring. I was Honored as an Instructor of the School, which the family had build by hand.
Entering the Dojo I was gifted my Uniform by Tony. Meeting his Father Great Grand Master Chung, was an Honor that I hope many can encounter. When looking into his eyes, you'll see the dedication, and the hardships he endured so that the school, and his family could live in peace, how they do today".
Teaching the Junior Olympic Team, and my participation as the only non Korean Judge at the event of the Chung Martial Arts State Nationals. I felt as if my time in the Korean Arts had finally come full circle, not only had I competed in the past, and shared my views, but was now allowed to judge a competition that would bring about the fighters for the Pan American Games. Their Junior and Elder Olympic Team, were students I helped teach through out my time there". L.A.
"It was then, when I first felt at home in Florida, and def. the first time I had ever gone bowling. Often I found myself on the matt with just Tony sparring through out the Night. At times with a couple of his top students would join, offering me the Tatami space to teach them all Budo.
With the Chung Family, I had the opportunity to learn Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Hapkido, and Jujutsu. Traditions kept deep within their Family. My prayers always go to them regardless of where I am, as they are the first Family to open their doors, and welcome me amongst our Art's here in Florida". L.A.
* 2000 "It took Nine months, for my Black Hakama to be completed. I bought the fabric, in the Mountain town of Aguadas, in Caldas, Colombia. I cut the pieces, and hand sewn, the Hakama together, stich by stich, thread by thread, piece by piece. Each stich, each strand, measured perfect, each cut precise, I dedicated to this with my all, for it was the task I had at hand". L.A.
Today, there is no Hakama like this. You could feel the Energy, Ki, as he enters any room. Our Soke has kept the Traditions of Budo alive, unlike any other today, to the out most perfection of it's core, and root, by doing so.
Any Great Master of Ninpo would be proud, of his dedication, and they are. Sokeshi's Art took a different form after doing so, after finishing this task. His views of the Art's completely changed, and slowly he began to step away from competition. Seeking, the true practitioners of our Art's.
Once again his Journey would impact the World, like never before. Sokeshi, began Teaching the True Art of O'Sensei's Budo, like no other, word by word, Art by Art.
"I have dedicated My Life, to the real Spiritual Roots of our Art, and that of O'Sensei". L.A.
His Spiritual connection with our Great Grand Master O'Sensei Morihei Uyeshiba, is truly one to be experienced, and difficult to put in words.
Sekai Sokeshi Luis F. Alba, Hanshi., began his journey through the Schools of Aikikai, and Daito Ryu. Whom all welcomed him with open Arms, As if waiting upon his arrival.
2000 - 2001 Daito Ryu Aikido of Melbourne Melbourne, Florida. "Often visiting this Dojo i was able to learn more about the execution of Daito Ryu Technique, and how it still holds deep roots with in Japan today. Though I had few encounters with the Sensei of this school, our moments were well spend speaking on philoshophy, and our unique views of Technique. I thank him Dearly for allowing me to teach the students of Daito Ryu. His students would often mention to me that when I wasnt present their Sensei would say, "If the Master of Budo comes to visit allow him to teach, the matt is his even if I'm present". AikiBudo, roots are deeply established in the Imperial Palace of Nipon, my roots have not changed, other then allowing outsiders to learn what I've keeped hidden well within my heart. The Sensei of the school understood this well, and saw the love I have not only for the Arts, but the strictness behind my Spiritual teachings as well". L.A.
2000 - 2001 Grady Lane Shidoin, Aikido Aikikai. Brevard Aikikai Melbourne, Florida. "Seeing Grady Lane Sensei, execution of Suwari Waza was really impressive, Gliding through the Tatami, as the free Wind. Students of this school are very devoted to the Art. Ukes blend perfect to any change of technique. On frequents nights, I was more then honored when asked to teach the essence of O'Senei's Budo, philosophy and the spiritual aspects our Art". L.A.
2000 - 2001 William Vintroux SanDan, Aikido Aikikai. Melbourne, Florida. "Sensei Tony Graziano, GoDan of Aikido Aikikai. Is the founder of this Dojo. Passing away in May of 1995, he left his Dojo under the care of William Vintroux Sensei. Whom continues to keep his Memory alive with great Honor. Students of this Dojo, are able to train soft, or hard forms of Technique, with much dedication to the Arts. I am greatly thankfull to Vintroux Sensei, and his students for allowing me to use my ability at it's max. Especially the great opportunity of introducing O'Sensei's Budo, amongst their Tatami, to the members of both their school, and those of Military Branches that would arrive at Patrick Air Force Base. It's here when i first introuduce the Arts, to our various military branches. Thought I have an old student, and friend of mine in the Army. Its was the Air Men, Navy Seals, Marines, Sheriff's deparment, and the local people that attended this school. Here I would speak deeply of our Art's Spiritual Creation, and emphasis strongly on the correct application of Teachnique, and the Ki behind it all.
Later in the years, a great hurricane came about destroying most of the East Coast region of Florida. It's thanks to the many donations of the Sheriff Department, that Melbourne Aikikai has been able to endure such a catastrophic event, and the hard times that followed. I wasnt used to such strong weather, the worst I had encountered by that time was an earth quake, in Colombia. It is in Florida, that i've litterly stood outside in between houses while the winds roar, and have driven my car through the eye of a Tornado. Regardless, when seeing in the news that the waters had reached deep amongst the land, and the streets covered in sand, it took a piece of my heart. I took a ride out to the ocean side where the dojo was located to find it empty, the whole place seemed as an abbandoned ghost town, sadden at this i felt deep in my heart, that I would one day return to help the members of this Aikikai however I could, untill such time however, a cousine of mine, and I will help investors rebuild the houses that had been destroyed by the storm, it wasnt untill 2008, when we met again". L.A.
-2001 - Von Schmeling 7th Dan, Tae Kwon Do. Victory Martial Arts Orlando, Florida. Though Sokeshi, did not spent much time here, he did visit this Dojo, wich at the time was close to his new home. In one class students were asked to walk through a line of attackers on both sides. All the students went, Sokeshi, and the main Instructor were last. The main Instructor politly asked to go first, they all got hit pretty well. On Sokeshi's trurn, every one was anxious to see what the Budo Master could do. Non the less he continued to impress. Easily walking down the line barely moving his body at all. His opponents could not stop striking one another, as if caught in a web of some sort. Sokeshi, could bearly be touched, let alone striked. On another occasion the class had an all out spar match with the Instructor, and Sokeshi as the victors. Non the less they had to compete, the Instructor was no match, and was easily defeated with just two strikes. Sokeshi, was then asked to teach the students of this school. Though, they were not familier with the Art's of Budo, Sokeshi, dedicated to the Essence of Aikido.
"I had first heard of Krav Maga at the time. Victory Martial Arts in Waterfall Lakes then were teaching the Art. Sr. Master Von Schmeling's son was the Senior Instructor at the time. I met Von Schmeling on my visits there. Training a couple of classes with them. I was soon asked to teach Budo. I spoke of Aikido, and demonstrated basics such as Kote Gaeshi, Blending, and the taking of an opponents balance". L.A.
- 2001 - Mimi Chan Wah Lum Pai Orlando, Florida. As Sokeshi, keeped traveling west he came across a Kung Fu Temple, called Wah Lum Pai. There he met the Daughter of Chan Pui, the Grand Master of the school, and Shifu Pui, himself.
"I was amazed not only at her beauty, but her technique as well. She later went on to win an Eagle Competetion of Kung Fu. Her technique was amaizing, the location, a Temple at it's best. I still visit Wah Lum at least once a year, to pay my respects to the Chinese Arts, passed down to me through out the generations. Though I was asked once to instruct at the school in the Arts of Budo, I merly go to pay my respects". L.A.
2001 - Present Jose Andrade RokuDan, International Martial Arts Federation. Tenshinkai Aikido of Florida Orlando, Florida. As Sokeshi, keeped traveling West, he came across a small school of Aikido. "The place was located in a shopping center, next to a popular radio station, "My intentions were merly to go for a drive across town, and see what existed on the road. As I was talking on the phone coming to a light, from the corner of my eye I saw an Aikido school that automatically caught my attention. At first I parked outside, and studied the Teacher whom stood within. A few minutes later I walked into a surprisingly small Dojo, which Tatami filled a great portion of the room, non the less it felt comftorble, and peacefull, class was just beggining". There was no possible way for Sokeshi, to throw an opponent, without either hitting the wall, or them flying of the matt, he thought. The students at first look, he found to be very sloppy. So before any introductions could be done, he took a seat and merly watched. As he payed attention to each student, he noticed their technique was soft, yet firm, but at times they would loose their posture easily. It wasnt untill he walked on to the Tatami the next day, that he understood the reason behind their stance.,
"That night I remember sitting with Andrade Sensei, as his students practiced, focoused on the task at hand. As I spoke to this man, I was surprised to see he was there six days a week, regardless of how he felt. True dedication is hard to find, especially at his age, I could fell the love this man held for our Art, and the students that attended his school. Not used to being around color belts in our Art, I politely asked the nature of such. To my surprise he saw it more as a visiual form of improvement for his students when it came to our Art, yet he came from a tradition of various arts who do indeed use colors as a form of recognition. Staying true to his roots he added the colors as a visual improvement, not so much as a status of rank. To wich I replied., Aikido uses no colors, you go from white to black belt, then hakama. In Budo, we go from white to white hakama, it becomes a Spiritual Path, black belt, then black Hakama. Yoshinkan, however does use blue hakamas before the black, for wemon after a certain understanding of the Arts at a starting level, others apllay the brown belt before hakama for the men, and some all the colors. In Bujutsu though, the colors do represent the various stages of Nature, so I understand the nature of your intentions well".
With the questions he had for this Sensei of the Art, answered, and seeing the love he hold's for the Art's. Sokeshi, little by little began to frequent the school.
"The next day I would attend my first class with the Sensei, of this school, I found him to be a very humble man. Yet the Tatami was unforgiving, for one not used to the various terrains this Tatami would have proven most challenging. Through out the Tatami, there were soft spots, where the students would find themselfs as if walking on air, disturbing their posture, at times I too found my toes stuck to the ground, after a strong Kaiten, pivet".
"At the time in this school, before class on saturdays, I would watch the Shina students of Kung Fu, and after class I would stay to watch Vovinam. What suprised me most was the affection, these Teacher's of the Art's held for Andrade. Three different Masters, three diffrent Arts, all under on school, yet the only name behind the Dojo was that of Aikido. For one of tradition this is what the Art is ment to do, bring all under one roof, Heaven. I was not used to seeing a teacher dedicate to the Arts as he did, especially at his age, and even today they are hard to find, only the most dedicated Masters of our Art's contnue their journey on a daily basis, through out their life. Not only did Andrade Sensei teach, but could fly across the Tatami with much grace. Attending six days a week I saw, and felt the commitment this man holds in his heart for our Art".
The day came when Sokeshi, recieved a call from Andrade, asking if he could teach the students of the Dojo. With much honor, he accepted. As he pulled out of the neighborhood were his family lives, an elderly lady lost crontrol of her vihicle, and was about to hit on coming traffic if Sokeshi avoided the clash, he graced for the impact knowing one was better then many, though he loved his car, a Red Imported Showcar from Japan, he toook the hit dead middle in the body of the car as he raised his Arm so his head would not touch the window, he broke though the windshiled. As he got out the car he made sure the elderly lady was ok, and called Andrade Sensei, to deliver the news. Regardless, he would not make the same mistake again. He saw it as if he sacrafised a mission for the sake of a life. But its such actions that make the Warrior Spirit. He took it upon himself to teach the students what they lacked if any in the Art's, and made it his goal to help the school grow beyond believe, Sokeshi, and the Sensei of the school, became great friends. When seeing them together it's as if seeing a father and Son sharing their views on life. As time passed, the number of dedicated students began to grow and the Dojo truly began to prosper. In 2004 a project began in constructing the new headquarters for the Tenshinkai of Orlando. With much help from all the students of the time they had completed the project in less then a year. By the end of winter in 2004 the project had began to truly blossom. The Tatami was brought in and built by a student of the school, Roger, his work shinned through, and today Tenshinkai is amongst the biggest and most dedicated Dojo's in Orlando. Destiny woud later bring the two Master's of Japan, at the Aiki Expo in 2005. Through Andrade Sensei's blessings, Sokeshi, was able to meet our top leaders from Japan. Much thanks goes to Clark, a Yudansha of the school for spreading the name of Sokeshi, and his Art amongst todays most recognized Artist, for at the event he was merly a ghost known to few. "In my heart there is always special thanks to Clark, for inspiring me to reach the World, I saw in this man's eyes that which many people lack, the study of both history, and the philosophy of our path, but not only studiying such but actually putting it into practice like any great scholar would. I think he currently ownes the largest collection of books in our Art". Seeing his dedication to the Art's, Sokeshi decided to put all wisdom into writings, not only for those of his Family as he'd been doing for year's but for those trully dedicated in our Art's could too one day see, read, and put into practice. Hence forth, we are now here today, learning about Budo's most well guarded secrets. Sokeshi, has often mentioned "It's time for the world to know of their true Legacy, and for Budo to shine like never before in the Hearts of all Beings". Sokeshi, has truly made a home in the Tenshinkai Dojo of Orlando, with his own school running he still takes time on and off to visit the Dojo.
"Currently I still visit Andrade Sensei's Dojo. Through out the years he's allowed me to continue my development of Budo, under his roof. Allowing me to share philosophy, and technique within his Dojo. We've become close friends constantly sharing our views on the Art's. I continue my teachings of modern Aikido through his guidence, and the love he holds for our Art's. It's rare to see a man of his age constantly training. It's truly a blessing to have met him and share all the laughs and joys of the world. Not only has he been a good mentor, but a Father as well. Often giving me advise on the tribulations of everyday life. What ever the school once lacked in technique, or posture, he made up for with dedication, and Love. Unike many teachers of today. Andrade Sensei, is truly a practicioner from the Heart. Such people are hard to find amongst our Art today, Bless his Heart". ". L.A.
* 2003 Martial Arts Hall Wall of Fame A Shihan of Jujitsu in New York. Found out about Sokeshi, through her daughter. Amazed that such a person existed she immediately asked for a meeting with the Great Master. Unlike most who can fill one page of their history Sokeshi, has a lifetime of Teachings. He became the youngest Martial Artist to be Inducted in the Martial Arts Hall Wall of Fame. Though a picture was never taken. The gathering which would originally had taken place in Orlando, had been moved at the last moment. None the less Sokeshi, continued on to amaze the World.
- 2004 - After much work, a hurricane, and effort, the new Dojo of Tenshinkai Aikido of Florida, was completed.
- 2005 - Katsuyuki Kondo Hombu Cho Daito Ryu AikiJujutsu, Nippon. "It was truly an Honor to have met a direct decendent of Sokaku Takeda. I felt truly blessed to have recieved direct instructions of Daito Ryu through the wisdom of Kondo Sensei. I can't put into words my true appreciation for his blessings, and the wisdom passed on to me. Often calling my technique, the Old Way. It seemed that in a way he was just as amazed of metting me, as I was of him. He spoke only in Japanese to the class in a deep tone, and only allowed his top students to train with me. Often making sure I understood him well, he would reply in a soft tone what he had just spoken to the class. Then slightly with a smile translate it into English going deeper into it's meaning, so that only I would hear his words. Fortunately secrets are ment to be keeped, so we'll leave it at that. Kondo Sensei, technique is one that must be known of to be truly be valued, and appreciated. We spoke of O'Sensei, and the similarities between Budo, and Daito Ryu. I think Kondo as well met O'Sensei, in his time. I was grately Honored hearing Kondo Sensei's kind words and his affection towards me, as if I where his son. Calling my Art the Old Way, amazed that one out of Japan could perform such accurate techniques". L.A.
- 2005 - Hirotiro Saito Iwama Ryu, AikiBudo, Nippon. "Saito Sensei, it's hard to put into words what an Honor it was to have stood next to, and be intrusted directly by Hirotiro Saito Sensei. O'Seinsei's legacy, and that of his father truly lives within him. I could feel the love that he carries in his heart for our the Arts, passed down to him through his Father and O'Sensei himself as well. For a brief moment He asked every one to sit, and for me to stand by him, to his left. "Now everyone watch, two different people, in two diffirent parts of the World, can perform the exact moves together. O'Sensei's Budo is within Universal Wisdom itself". We performed the same Kata together, which he had just taught me in a two minute time period. We moved with such grace as if we had trained together for years, and were asked later if we had. Our movements were one, same posture, same speed, as if time and space stood still, while other Masters stopped their teachings telling their students to sit and watch us. The whole place froze with all looking at us, amazed with almost a tear in their eyes the Oldest of Masters glazed in beauty. Saito Sensei, then looks into my eyes "Never stop training, you could become greater then O'Sensei", he said loud enough for all to hear. I was shocked to hear such words yet bowed in Humble Grace. I understood him well though, if theres anything I've learned from teaching is the fact that i can teach you to be greater then I, but Spirit, Dedication, and the true essence of all must be understood well. Saito Sensei's, Ki was amaizing you could feel the Spirit of O'Sensei, and that of his Father living within him. Each movement was as if a small travel back in time, when he trained next to these Old Masters of the Arts as a child with his Father and O'Sensei himself whom can truly be called his Grandfather. It Was Saito Sensei's, first visit to the United States when we met in two thousand five. I thank him greatly for spending so much time and dedication with me. Making sure I understood him well, and moved exactly like him. I really wish to impress him in our next incounter, by putting much thought, and trainning to all I learned from him. To my surprise such a meeting would be possible just a few years away. On the first week of November two thousand seven Saito Sensei, would be visiting Holywood, Florida. Teaching in a school of one of his students where I have my younger brother training under Iwama Ryu. It was there were I would have the opportuniy of demonstrating my mastery of his teachings. As I perpared to leave, news came to me of a close friend's passing whom was more like a brother to me since youth, David Vidal. On the first week of November I mourned his passing and stood by his side till the very end. I asked my younger brother though, to attended class, and help with every duty needed for Saito's Teachings, which he did with much grace. May God Bless all your Loved Ones, please Value the Essence of All, Life Itself ". L.A.
- 2005 - Kenji Ushiro Shihan, Shindo Ryu Karate, Nippon. "As I sat on the top of the bleatchers still catching my breath, gathering my energy to commint to the next teacher, the last class of the night at the Expo. Still unsure wether to take my students advice of trainning with Ushiro, or as I planned with Homma Sensei. Openning my eyes I noticed that infront of me there stood the class of Kenji Ushiro Sensei. However, I noticed there were no Hakamas, and the few that remained to step on the mat took theirs off, such a thing i couldn't accept. Thinking to myself Karate is one of Budo's basics for some, others start with Sumo, Bujutsu, if you earn a Hakama you should be prepared to battle with it regarless of the situation. Putting my sandals on I rushed to his matt with great respect, sayn to myself, If no one will represent Budo to it's fullest amongst our peers then I will. The only Hakama amongst, and ocean of white Kimono. As the class started I felt as if I were back with Tanaka Sensei, learning Shodokan. But Ushiro's style, had more of and enphessis of applaying Ki as we do, then simply building it up within. Though we didnt have a heart to heart, Ushiro Sensei, indeed keeped his eye on me, only permitting his top students of Japan to train by my side. It was so fun a little break from my every day rituals of stickt dicipline. In a that short moment with him the his masters, I was able to go back to the essence of our teachings, that of expanding out frame of thought building a unity amongst us all in our hearts and arts that embody our life. With Ushiro I was able to ajust some things that i wasnt to clear off when it came to Karate, seeing how in Bujutsu there are no rules. Non the less there were smiles every where. The best was a moment with one of their students whom had always been afraid to Ukemi. Ushiro suggested it be safer for the student to perform such a Koshi Nage with me then any one else at the moment. In Niponese the student says "I have never been able to recieve such a technique, I'm scared to fall. With a great smile i said worry not your in good hands simply worry about your attack. As the elders watch not knowing of which way this would go, the student attacked with force, as I grabbed on tight to him twisting my hips, as his legs sweeped of the ground towards heaven, the student felt the emptyness of the fall, all paying attention took a deep breath, as the student enbraced for the fall, only to find himself still floating in the air as i held his body inches from the floor, with a smile i say now that the fear is gone and I got your attention position your hands right, I'll drop you from here. Little by little the student request that I drop him higher, and higher, untill the technique was properly executed from both sides. From all the years in training non had been able to teach this student to the inner fear within, with just a strong hugh and effort such fears were broken. If theres any way to explain my encounter with Ushiro Sensei, and the Masters that accompanied him, with fellow students from Japan, it would have to be magical. He's a man of Great Spirit, a man worth of a Hakama amongs our Art. Kenji Ushiro Sensei, can trully be called the insperation behind a sleeping Karate culture, that for long has been ignored. His application of technique is no different then the ones I teach to my students in the Arts of Bujutsu. Ushiro, is an inspiration to the world of Karate, even those of our Arts should seek him to learn about his wisdom of Ki, that which makes our Art Grand, something many have forgotton relying on mere physical power will lead no where. One must focouse the Ki of Life to all we do on a daily basis. After Tohei Sensei, I think this is the man to seek when it comes strickly to the essence of Ki". L.A.
- 2005 - Comments on Hiroshi Ikeda: "Another of O'Sensei's Students, Ikeda Sensei. As I arrived late to my plane leaving Orlando, my flight had to be changed, i would now be stopping in Colorodo first before reaching California, companied with my uke and good friend David from Tenshinkai, together we would assist Andrade Sensei, as his Ukes. As I sat on my luggage practecing my posture at the Colorodo Airport, I felt a great energy coming towards me, as I look up to a side, I noticed Ikeda, eye to eye I had no doubt of whom he was. David, I say, thats a Master of Aikido a good friend of Saotome. Their Art has inspired many, I continued to say, even in Orlando news always comes to me on how they help teach at the YMCA's helping and inspiring the youth, with a slight grin i said maybe some day i too will open up to the public.
As we borded our flight I was surprised to be sharing the same plane whith such a Great man. Surely O'Sensei, had sent me to Colorodo with out mistake. As we Arrived at the Expo I remember seeing Ikeda once more as he stood by his Hakamas putting them in order outside to sell, once again here we were face to face, looking at my Hakama he could tell the effort I had put into making it, stich by stich in the Traditional way, whith a great smile we bowed to each other. The next day before the demo began all the Master had to have a reunion for breakfeast. Ikeda Sensei, sent his Uchi Deshi to accompony me while not at his side, we ate breakfeast spoke about Ki, life in general, I remember being the only one dressed in Hakama while we all ate that morning, with William Gleason sitting on a table next to us. It was trully an honor to have shared a meal, and have had great conversation with the Uchideshi of Ikeda, with Gleason by our side it was a great start for the day to be sourrounded by people whith such an amaizing great Ki.
As the night grew dark i awaited for Ikeda's presentation of the Art, his application of technique is something to be experienced. Bringing to light those suttle points which make or break any technique, many Master's tend to reserve such teachings. It was good to see him expand the teachings that are most commonly known by actually breaking them down, step by step, and explained to the outmost of his perfection. I was truly impressed at the flow he's accuired through out the years, that which can only come from constant trainning, and years of Study". L.A.
-2005- Comments on Gaku Homma: "Gaku Homma, also a student of the founder himself. For my first day or so in California I studied his moves well up above on the bleachers while all else trained. For the first couple of hours, my intentions where more focused on all the teachers, as they taught, and their individual traits. Gaku Homma, however was the last person that i wanted to train with before the end of the Expo, to make my journey complete.
It was great to have walked on to the matt, focused on the techniques Andrade, and I were to perform. Feeling a great peace come upon me I looked up, to my side was Homma Sensei, standing next to me, wishing me well, with a slight bow I thanked him for his blessings.
To see his demonstration of the Arts was trully something amaizing. Alot of people have forgotton that there various ways to execute a technique, and that O'Sensei, himself had trainned Sumo in his youth. Many asked me why is he doing Sumo, Sensei?. To what i replied Budo has many forms of practice, he's showing you the basics, that is how you make your body strong for any confrontation. His Uke's unlike others were choosen at the moment so nothing had been rehersed a flaw that many have. Techniques must be real, that is why we dont fight in competitions, Homma Sensei, defenetly showed the Arts of both Uke, and Nage in a way that not many get to see nor experience today. He is trully one of the few that keeps our Traditional Art Alive".
- 2005 - Comments on Koji Yoshida: "Untill that day I had not know of Nishio Aikido. Yoshida Sensei, has an amaizingingly and accuret techinque both with the Bokken and, Jo. Rarely do you find such a skilled individual. Both Yoshida, and his Master, Have keeped the old Momevents flowing gracefully as all should do today".
Christian Tisser, Pat Hendricks, Haruo Matsuoka, Lia Suzuki, Bill Gleason.
- 2006 - Budo Temple
- 2007 - Budo Temple begins to open its doors to the public, selecting just a few at a time.
- 2008 - AikiBudo launches to reach the World.
-2009- Aiki Web
2011 AAFA. AUOSS
2011 Records of Sokeshi.
2011 Return Teaching at Tenshinkai Dojo.
O'Sensei Morihei Uyeshiba.