About

Short version

In 1982-4, I translated Itsuo Tsuda’s book “Le Non-Faire” into English. It was published in 1984, the year Tsuda passed away.

If you’ve no idea who Tsuda was, go here: http://www.ecole-itsuo-tsuda.org/en/itsuo-tsuda/

Since the Internet and the rise of WordPress blogs and desktop publishing, I’ve wanted to make this book available again online. On this website, I’ll be posting some personal stories related to Seitai, Aikido, Tsuda, etc., with links to some sample chapters from “The Not Doing” as well as some of my translations of chapters of other books Tsuda wrote as they become available, i.e. when I’ve got around to proof-reading them (most are still on type-written pages…)

Tsuda’s school  (L’ecole de la respiration) has published some English translations of some of Tsuda’s 9 books.

I’m British and have lived in Japan since 1980.

Disclaimer

I’m an expert in neither Aikido nor Seitai, so please don’t ask me questions about these two arts.

I’m not a medical professional or a martial-arts expert either. So don’t ask me questions about health or “what to do in the case of …”.

Long (boring) version

“The Not Doing”, an English translation of “Le Non-Faire” (published by Le Courrier du Livre, 1973) by Itsuo Tsuda, a Japanese living in Paris, a former student of Aikido under founder Morihei Ueshiba, Seitai under founder Haruchika Noguchi, and Noh recitation under Master Kanze Kasetsu.

I took up Aikido at university in the U.K., under the instruction of Peter Megann at the Oxford Aikido Club, with frequent visits from Kanetsuka-sensei, and other visiting Japanese instructors (I recall Sekiya-sensei and the terrifying Chiba-sensei.) In 1980, I came to Japan to teach English and to continue learning Aikido.

Soon after arriving, I met Peter Shapiro, a former student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba (at the time living in Shingu where he was learning Aikido under Hikitsuchi-sensei), and he introduced me to Seitai. At that time, the only non-Japanese literature on the subject were Tsuda’s books, which Peter gave me. A group of friends and I were meeting with Peter from time to time to do “katsugen-undo”.

In 1982, I met the author Itsuo Tsuda in France and received his permission to translate his book “Le Non-Faire” from French into English. I finished about a year later. Unfortunately, two unexpected events happened at about the same time:

  1. Tsuda had a stroke, and
  2. the publisher disappeared before arranging for distribution of the book! (I later received a box of books in lieu of payment. I have just 1 book left. I’m hoping it will one day be worth a fortune….)

So the book has been out of print since the day it was published!

Tsuda passed away not long after, in 1984. Later, Peter moved to Europe, first to France, and then to Switzerland where he set up his own dojo., the “ki no nagare” dojo. Here’s an interview (in German) with Peter where he traces his journey from New York to Japan to Switzerland, via Aikido’s Ueshiba and Seitai’s Noguchi.

Below is another interview with Peter, in English, where he talks about Ueshiba-sensei’s (O-sensei’s path towards Aikido):

On this blog, I’ll be posting some personal stories related to Seitai, Aikido, Tsuda, etc., with links to some sample chapters from “The Not Doing” as well as some of my translations of chapters of other books Tsuda wrote as they become available, i.e. when I’ve got around to proof-reading them (most are still type-written pages…)