Teacher and Teachings

Yoshigasaki Sensei

Happy Easter


with Alain de Halleux
Original on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypuu6tW9HkM and published in Ki-News #7.

In my opinion, sect is defined by two things.
One: Sect thinks there is the only one correct teaching with one correct teaching method.
And then second: Sect thinks one teaching is enough for one person.
So, then what we do. I always say that each instructor must teach what he thinks is correct and good for the world. So, each person is completely free. And also that, I am sure that there is no one teaching method which is best. Each instructor must find the best way for himself.
And then the second find that this one teaching can satisfy all the need for one person, this is simply not true at all. That means one person needs many things and it is an illusion that one teacher thinks that he can give everything one need in life.
Question: So, you are not the ultimate teacher.
Answer: Ultimate teacher doesn't exist.

Seminar 2020

At his last seminar 2020 in Novara
Yoshigasaki Sensei explained his work in the last 20 years.

Ueshiba showed his techniques, but hardly anyone understood him. Master Tohei understood a little about it. But with the theory of Shin Shin Toitsu Do - Yoga - or Zen, he understood a little more. So he was able to demonstrate his own techniques and then make people understand the techniques he was teaching. So Ki - unification of mind and body. But I still saw that the majority of his students didn't understand anything.
The problem is: when a teacher is of a high standard, the students don't understand him, that's inevitable.
Master Ueshiba saw this and became mystical/religious and Master Tohei became too technical/philosophical.
What follows? I had already practiced a lot 20 years ago and had reached a good technical level. Then I asked myself how I could develop it further.
If I develop my techniques and someone else develops his techniques, how can my techniques and the other techniques be compared and judged? With a competition, maybe a fight. But when it comes down to it, it's not aikido anymore.
Can you say which techniques are better? Ueshibas's or Tohei's? What was better for the students of Ueshiba? Ueshiba's techniques or Takeda's? Then we already have the competition.
How do I find the solution now? So I thought there was no point in developing my techniques. It's better if I'm doing someone else's techniques and I'm doing better than them. That's how I always win! So I'm not teaching my techniques, I'm teaching your techniques, but I'm doing better than you. And when I'm successful with that, I always win and you don't have to have competitions because I'm doing your techniques. I've been doing this for the past 20 years. If you thought it was my techniques, you were wrong, it was yours.
This is different from Master Ueshiba or Master Tohei. They did Takeda's techniques or their own techniques. Instead I do your techniques. That is, I do the techniques of all humanity. You are not one person, but many people. So you represent humanity. And so I make the techniques of humanity.
Every time I teach I change things. Today I develop his technique (points to a student). I try to make his technique better than him so he can develop. Next time I'll do someone else's technique. It is clear that one's technique is different from the other's. I haven't changed. I just always did your techniques. I did this not only for you, but also for me. Because if I just do my own techniques, it becomes a kind of egoism. And as you mature, it gets tiring after a while. When you're young, it's okay. But why then always this "I", what's the point? Instead, it's better to help others, that's always needed.