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Sawai Atsuhiro Launches Tenpu Juku in Kyoto
Sawai Atsuhiro is the author of The True Paths to Meditation and one of Japan's leading experts on Shin-shin-toitsu-do, a unique form of Japanese yoga/meditation created by Nakamura Tempu. Sawai Sensei recently created a private school to present Nakamura Sensei's mind and body unification principles to the public in the form of private lessons for individuals and small groups. Public seminars are also offered by the Tenpu Juku, which is affiliated with the Kokusai Nihon Yoga Renmei (International Japanese Yoga Association). The IJYA has members in over 20 nations.
If you can read Japanese, be sure to visit the Tenpu Juku website. Just click here.
Sawai Atsuhiro & H. E. Davey Create the International Japanese Yoga Association
Michi Publishing authors Sawai Atsuhiro and H. E. Davey recently created the world's first free nonprofit association devoted to the study of Japanese yoga. Check out the press release below.
Human beings have a tremendous latent potential that's waiting to be unearthed. Nakamura Tempu Sensei discovered the extraordinary energy of mind and body unification beside an ancient waterfall in the Himalayan mountains, allowing him to heal from tuberculosis and manifest a new state of consciousness. Upon his return to Japan, he created a new path called Shin-shin-toitsu-do: "The Way of Mind and Body Unification." A form of Japanese yoga and meditation, Shin-shin-toitsu-do unearths our buried talents and rarely realized potential.
THE IJYA PRESIDENT
The International Japanese Yoga Association (IJYA) is a not-for-profit association devoted to the study of Shin-shin-toitsu-do. In Japan, the IJYA is known as the Kokusai Nihon Yoga Renmei, and its world headquarters is in Kyoto. Sawai Atsuhiro Sensei is the President of the IJYA. He is a best selling author in Japan, focusing on books about Shin-shin-toitsu-do and meditation. He is also a direct student of Nakamura Sensei, having obtained the highest level of teaching certification from the founder of Shin-shin-toitsu-do.
THE IJYA INTERNATIONAL CHIEF INSTRUCTOR
Sawai Sensei has appointed H. E. Davey Sensei as the IJYA Vice President and International Chief Instructor. Davey Sensei, an award winning writer and the author of Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation, oversees the day to day running of the IJYA. He studied under four top students of Nakamura Sensei, and he began practicing Shin-shin-toitsu-do as a child. He serves as the point of contact for IJYA members worldwide and works directly with the IJYA HQ in Kyoto. He has received the highest level of IJYA teaching certification.
JOINING THE IJYA
Recently formed in 2013, membership in the IJYA is FREE. The IJYA is now accepting new members. Members only need to provide their basic contact information and e-mail address to join. They receive an attractive membership certificate and a subscription to the IJYA Journal, the publication of the Kokusai Nihon Yoga Renmei. Qualified members are also eligible for teaching certification from the IJYA HQ in Japan. Send all membership inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michi Publishing Author Receives Eighth-Degree Black Belt.
H. E. Davey, the author of Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation and The Teachings of Tempu: Practical Meditation for Daily Life was promoted to hachidan, an eighth-degree black belt. Aside from his decades of training in Japanese yoga, healing arts, and fine arts, Davey Sensei has been studying classic jujutsu since the age of five. Jujutsu is Japan's oldest martial art, and truly authentic versions of it are rarely found outside of Japan. Davey Sensei studied in Japan, where he also gave well-received lecture-demonstrations in Japanese and English. His promotion was authorized by the prestigious Shudokan Budo-Kai (Shudokan Martial Arts Association) and its board of examiners, which consists of some of the top martial arts experts in Japan and the West. Davey Sensei's advancement to hachidan makes him one of the highest ranked teachers of traditional Japanese martial arts in the world. The announcement below was published in the SMAA Journal.
In October of 2013, H. E. Davey was unanimously approved for eighth dan in the SMAA Jujutsu Division. Stephen Fabian Sensei, a Director for the Jujutsu Division, and Nicklaus Suino Sensei, an SMAA Primary Director, recommended him for this promotion. The recommendation then went to the SMAA Board of Directors and SMAA Board of Advisors for consideration, which is the case with all promotions to higher dan within the SMAA. It was ultimately approved.
Unlike some associations, promotions within the SMAA are not based on the opinion of a single person. All members of the SMAA Board of Directors and SMAA Board of Advisors have an opportunity to comment on and discuss the merits of a proposed promotion. Video demonstrations and in-person examinations are frequently required.
If a group consensus is reached, the promotion is issued. This means that an international panel, made up of some of the world’s top martial arts teachers, is behind the ranks that members receive in the SMAA. Both Japanese and Western experts in modern budo and koryu bujutsu consider each application for ranks above third dan. (Ranks of sandan and below are determined by the Director, or Directors, in charge of a division within the SMAA.) It isn’t enough to gain the backing of the Director of the SMAA Karate-do Division (for example); an applicant for higher dan must also receive the approval of the leaders of the other martial arts divisions within the SMAA and the SMAA Board of Advisors, which means the rank is approved by experts in a very wide variety of martial arts—not just a single discipline. The proposed promotion is then finalized by the SMAA Primary Directors. This unique and demanding examination process, involving authorities in multiple Japanese martial arts, ensures the legitimacy of SMAA ranks, which are well regarded internationally. This worldwide recognition is due to the serious nature of the SMAA’s rank examination process and to the stature of the elite international multidisciplinary panel that considers ranks in the SMAA.
The SMAA’s thorough approach to rank examinations guarantees that rank is not obtained too quickly or easily, thus ensuring that certified SMAA teachers will not be embarrassed by another SMAA instructor’s lack of competency. In the case of Mr. Davey, the time between his last promotion and his new rank of hachidan was 19 years.
H. E. Davey has been studying Saigo Ryu sogo bujutsu and other martial arts, in Japan and the USA, since the age of five. (Saigo Ryu evolved in Japan in the mid-20th century, stemming from ancient forms of bujutsu, and it includes jujutsu training, along with the practice of a variety of classical weapons.) He is one of the founding members of the SMAA, and he has taught at several SMAA events over the years. He is also the Director of the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts and the author of multiple books on various traditional Japanese arts, including The Japanese Way of the Artist, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation, Unlocking the Secrets of Aiki-jujutsu, Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind & Body Harmony, and others. His articles on Japanese arts and culture have been published in a variety of Japanese and American newspapers and magazines.
Mr. Davey told the SMAA Journal, “I’m honored to accept this promotion. I’ve been fortunate to have had very good martial arts teachers, without whom I would have never obtained much skill or understanding. In particular, I’m grateful to my late father and teacher, Victor Davey, who introduced me to martial arts training. He started studying jujutsu, and later Kodokan judo, in 1926. He lived in Japan for several years after World War II, where his training continued. Over the course of his life, he obtained teaching certifications, and some fairly high ranks, from several martial arts associations in Japan. He passed away before the formation of the SMAA, but I think he would have enthusiastically supported our approach to traditional budo and koryu bujutsu. I’m lucky to have been a part of the SMAA since its inception, and I appreciate the many friends that I have made in the group. Thank you to everyone who endorsed my promotion.”
H. E. Davey's widely acclaimed book The Japanese Way of the Artist is back in print through Michi Publishing! Ikebana and tea ceremony, karate and calligraphy—all traditional Japanese arts and practices share certain ideals and techniques to achieve the same goals: serenity, mind/body harmony, awareness, and a sense of connection to the universe. This collection of three complete books provides H. E. Davey’s unique insights into the rich universe of these Japanese spiritual, artistic, and martial traditions while introducing the reader to practical examples of two Japanese forms of “moving meditation” that exemplify the union of art and spiritual growth.
Living the Japanese Arts & Ways presents 45 essential principles—like wabi, “immovable mind,” and “stillness in motion”—that are universal in the Japanese classic tradition. Revealing little-known, ancient, and powerful teachings that link all classic Japanese arts, it explains how they can beneficially transform your life. Living the Japanese Arts & Ways was the recipient of the Spirituality & Health magazine Best Spirituality Books Award.
Brush Meditation introduces beginners and non-artists alike to Japanese calligraphy, and shows how even the most elemental stroke of ink and brush reveals your physical and mental state. It's packed with amazing examples of the author's award-winning Japanese calligraphy.
The Japanese Way of the Flower examines practical methods for looking at nature and leads the reader through simple meditations as a prelude to learning how to create easy ikebana compositions.
This anthology contains an all-new introduction by the author. The entire text is complemented by diagrams, drawings, and photographs, plus information, resources, and glossaries of Japanese terms.
Paperback: 510 pages
Publisher: Michi Publishing; First Michi Publishing Edition edition (May 29, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
Available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at better book stores everywhere.
Secrets of the Brush
Secrets of the Brush: Life Lessons from the Art of Japanese Calligraphy will be published by Michi Publishing in 2019! It is the first book in years from award-winning author, artist, and sensei H. E. Davey. An internationally acclaimed shodo calligrapher and ink painting expert, his new work covers the 20 years he studied under a venerated Japanese master, Kobara Ranseki, and the aftermath of the death of his friend and shodo teacher. With an innovative format mingling biography, autobiography, and Japanese art history, with shodo and meditation instruction,Secrets of the Brush explores Zen-like life lessons the author absorbed over two decades. Combining his over 50 years of experience in Japanese arts with themes from old Asian texts, cult movies, punk rock, and more, he explains rarely understood Eastern ideas and principles that will positively change your life. They’ll also increase your skill in any Asian art, including calligraphy, painting, martial arts, tea ceremony, and meditation. Even fans of Western art can use this book to transform their craft.
It’s packed with incredible new artwork from one of the Western world’s leading exponents of shodo. Full-page illustrations and a comprehensive glossary complete this guide to life and an ancient Japanese art.