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The prints below were designed for use in an aikido dojo, but are great for many practice spaces. They are intended to provide smooth support for practice and daily living, reminding us to relax, to let go of separating mind from body, and to move together with our partners, with the opening present moment, and with the changes in life.

   

 


   
  Four Principles for Experiencing Mind and Body Unification - the Icon Scroll  
     
 

I worked many months refining the icons for the 4 Principles by Koichi Tohei Sensei. Getting something clear, simple and clean without losing the central meaning can take many fresh starts. This project began in the fall of 2015 and culminated in a special Winter 2015 Gift project for 50 friends and clients.

The artwork from that project was re-mastered into this scroll-like poster on heavy archival paper, with gray text at the base describing the principles. Perfect for a dojo's tokonoma-like space. We have one hanging in our dojo in Durango, CO (durangoaikido.com). In once glance, we are reminded to release separate mind and relax into connection and unification.

I have found it useful and often powerful to see the principles as shapes that point directly to experience.  By using shapes, we can side-step engaging words and the narrative mind.  See the shape - feel the change.

This art piece is set up to be printed at 6.5" wide x 28.12" long, on heavy-weight archival matte paper.

If you wish to customize the size slightly larger or smaller, while keep the same proportions, that is available as an option when you order.

Click on th elink to zoom in to read the text at the bottom.  The gray printing is subtle, yet comletely readable. Thus it does not disturb the overall look of the scroll.

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  Four Basic Principles to Experience Mind and Body Unification - the indigo version  
     
 

This is a revised, new English translation of Koichi Tohei Sensei's Four Principles. In this version they are stated as descriptions of the experience of being unified, rather than something to do.

The background of the principles is an indigo texture from a monoprint by Lisa Moon Self.

Perfect for a dojo, practice space or office.

This art piece is set up to be printed at 19" wide x 13" high, on heavy-weight archival matte paper. If you wish to customize the size or the paper or add a frame, that is available as an option when you order.

You can explore ordering here: AikidoArt

 

     

 
     
     

 


   
  Four Major Principles to Unify Mind and Body - traditional version  
     
 

This is a traditional English translation of Koichi Tohei Sensei's Four Principles. The idea for this poster came from a very old picture of the New York Ki Aikido dojo from the late 1970s where Imaizumi Sensei was teaching. In the background of the pic, on the wall of the dojo, was a framed print of these principles.

The background of the principles is a parchment-like texture with a stylized planetary system. This contributes a sense of universality to the piece. Perfect for a dojo, practice space or office.

This art piece is set up to be printed at 19" wide x 13" high, on heavy-weight archival matte paper. If you wish to customize the size or the paper, that is available as an option when you order.

You can explore ordering here: AikidoArt

 

     

 
     
     

 


   
  Shinpo Poem  
     
 

I've trained many years while contemplating this poem by Koichi Tohei Sensei.  It has drawn me forward like a koan, into deeper and deeper states of presence as I face my partner across the mat. I have come to feel some of the wisdom in this, which has lead to my commentary at the bottom of the scroll-like print. I look forward to the next ten years working with this...

The artwork is printed in a scroll format, with gray commentary text at the base. Perfect for a dojo's tokonoma-like space. I have one hanging in my home dojo where I sit and ki breathe every morning. In one glance, I am reminded that how I am being right now creates the conditions for the quality of the next moment.

This art piece is set up to be printed at 6.5" wide x 28.12" long, on heavy-weight archival matte paper. If you wish to customize the size or paper, that is available as an option when you order.

You can view a larger version to read the text using the link just below.  The gray printing is subtle, yet comletely readable. Thus it does not disturb the overall look of the scroll.

Zoom in here.

You can explore ordering here: AikidoArt

 
     
     

 


   
  Principles for Moving with Aiki  
     
 

This is an indigo design adapting Koichi Tohei Sensei's "5 Principles for Leading in Ki Aikido". These principles work in all aspects of life, in aikido training, in relations, in business and in home life. I have re-titled the principles for "...Moving with Aiki" as that is what I hope for all of us in our lives. On the left are the five principles as stated by Tohie Sensei, translated into English. On the right are short interpretations helping with our practice. A beautiful piece to hang in the dojo, practice place, home or modern-style tokonoma.

This art piece is set up to be printed at 19" wide x 13" high, on heavy-weight archival matte paper. If you wish to customize the size or the paper, that is available as an option when you order.

You can explore ordering here: AikidoArt

 

     

 
     
     

 


   
  Nen - Heart Mind Now - Willpower  
     
 

Nen is a wonderful Japanese character. Usually translated as willpower, it is a combination of ima, "now" at the top and kokoro, "heart-mind" underneath. In aikido this is the state of being right in the present moment, with an open heart. Exactly what one trains for. Great way to welcome randori attacks. An important way to remind everyone practicing that the essential quality for good aikido is not other than Nen.

This art piece is set up to be printed at 24" wide x 24 " high, on heavy-weight archival matte paper. If you wish to customize the size or the paper type, or add a frame, that is available as an option when you order.

You can explore ordering here: AikidoArt

 

 

     

 
     
     

 


   
  Tohei Sensei's Ki Aikido Motto  
     
 

This is a classic design featuring Tohei Sensei's Ki Aikido motto. In the corners are the 4 principles for mind and body unification: Relax Competely, Ki Extends, One-Point, and Weight Underside.

I have found this to be a wonderful orienting statement for my practice over the last 10 years.  I have a copy framed in my home dojo, right where I sit for ki breathing every morning. See the detailed pic below.  A beautiful piece to hang in the entry way of any dojo.

This art piece is set up to be printed at 19" tall x 13" wide, on heavy-weight archival matte paper. If you wish to customize the size or the paper, that is available as an option when you order.

You can explore ordering here: AikidoArt