Hombu Dojo 1968

Hombu Dojo 1968

Thursday, July 17, 2014

An outstanding Aikidoka and philosopher: Tsuda Itsuo Sensei 1914-1984

Itsuda Itsuo Sensei (津田 逸夫) Tsuda Itsuo, 3 May 1914–10 March 1984) was a Japanese philosopher and a practitioner and teacher of Aikido and Seitai.

Tsuda was born on the 3rd of May, 1914 in Japanese-ruled Korea. When he was 16 years old, he defied his father, who wished for his eldest son to remain home and manage his family's estate. He left his family home and began wandering, searching for new philosophies that would free his mind.

Having reconciled with his father, in 1934 he went to France, where he studied with Marcel Granet and Marcel Mauss until 1940. When he went back Japan, he studied Noh with Master Hosada, Seitai with Master Haruchika Noguchi and Aikido with Master Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei.

In 1970 Itsuo Tsuda came back to Europe to disseminate the regenerative movement (or katsugen undō 活元運動, かつげんうんどう, a basic Seitai practice) and his ideas on Ki. In 1973 he published his first book, "Le Non-Faire") while waiting to open his first dojo, in Paris, L'Ecole de la Respiration (also the title of his series of books).

Tsuda Sensei passed away in Paris in 1984, but his practical philosophy is left in his work and his books and taught in several European "School of Breathing" dojos.

For further reading, please visit his dedicated student's web site: http://www.ecole-itsuo-tsuda.org/en/itsuo-tsuda/

Please enoy a video clip from a newly discovered 8mm film:
Tsuda Itsuo Sensei
Filmed in 1968 by Mr. Pierre Holzacker in France and at Aikikai Hombu Dojo (Tokyo)

This film was discovered in Israel in 2014 by Ms. Carole Habib - 
daughter of Pierre Holzacker - French Air France pilot who practiced Aikido with his wife Esther in France in the 1960'. Pierre and Esther Holzacker were students of the Late Tsuda Itsuo Sensei.

© 2014 Masatake Dojo - Israel Aikikai

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