Here are some of the main themes approached during lessons and seminars, given by Michael LEVY-NEUMAND:
The difference between AIKIDO and sport is first and foremost its traditional environment, essential to the study and practice of this art. The ability to adapt, which determine the evolution, comes from the needs that the environment has created. The DOJO has an organization that defines the environment that directly conditions the practice and evolution of each individual.
AIKIDO’s practice encompasses simultaneously the concepts of discipline, attitude, learning, research, reinforcement and transformation. A good attitude and comprehension of the study and practice allows the practitioner to go through the different steps with consistency and efficiency.
Through the different forms of pratice (GOTAI, JUTAI, EKITAI, KITAI, RYUTAI), the study of AIKIDO consists in identifying, becoming aware and assimilating the principles of AIKIDO. Concepts like SHISEI, MAAI, KINONAGARE, KIMUSUBI, KOKYU RYOKU, TAI SABAKI, ATEMI… are then imposed as the foundations that opens the Way (Path) to initiated practitioner.
JO & BOKKEN
Weapons’ practice in AIKIDO is quite unique. This is why we are talking about AIKIKEN and AIKIJO (Practice with a BOKKEN or a JO according to the principles of AIKIDO). Instead of just using hands, using weapons allows an easier approach to some fundamental principles of AIKIDO such as MAAI and KIMUSUBI.
Techniques & principles
AIKIDO is an art eluding all norms and codification. The technique is not a goal but a means. It is in constant evolution and partly reveal the skill level of the practitioner. In order to achieve a technique using the principles of AIKIDO, the student must change. By changing, he upgrades his technique, thus upgrading his change. This virtuous circle opens the dynamics of the everlasting initiating path that is the Way of AIKI.
The concept of efficiency implies the achievement of the intended or observed effect. “Martial sports” aim to win a fight within a strict framework of rules, and their goal is to overcome an adversary using techniques specifically designed to be harmless and applied during competitions. On the other hand, in martial arts, the aim is to master the technique enough in order to not kill nor break the partner. AIKIDO is set to seek neither destruction nor the domination over someone, but self-construction thanks to skills and abilities necessary to obtain and develop in order to use non-violent destructive techniques in a martial context.
Student & Teacher
Teaching Aikido is not a goal, but a superior means to progress and explore the Way. Students and teachers are the two faces of the same unit, as the indissociable YIN/YANG. As for TORI and AITE allows a complete study of the principles, being simultaneously SEMPAI and KOHAI or SENSEI and DESHI brings all the conditions that leads to autonomy and mastership.
Education & Learning
Judgement is one of the key qualities required in a BUDOKA. Attitude allows having a good reaction, not the opposite. Therefore, in a martial context as well as during practice, it is necessary to know your place and your own limits. For safety reasons, education comes before learning, but also in order to be able to rapidly identify mistakes to avoid or repeat.
Philosophy & Spirituality
AIKIDO is based on a search for unity in a martial context itself based on duality. If you want to unite your move with your attacker’s move, you will be forced to apply the same principle of non-resistance within yourself. Choosing non-violence while doing an efficient martial technique allows you to become aware of some universal principles and of the meaning of your choices and action.
Getting out of your DOJO to practice with other students following the same path is a great way to assess your skills and check that you’re still yourself on the Path of study and self-examination. As a teacher, going to one of your SENSEI’s seminars, or to one of his or her own teacher, is a great opportunity to present and assess your teachings through your students’ practice. The main objective of a seminar is to maintain a connexion between students and teachers and to ensure that everybody’s is still progressing, students and teachers alike, including the teacher hosting the seminar.
Responsibility & Development
Teachers are often mainly concerned with pedagogical and technical issues, but it is equally important to know how to open, manage and develop a DOJO. The teacher must ensure that their student-assistant (UCHI DESHI) are skilled in these domains before they open their own dojo. Seminars bring a lot of teachers and assistants together and it is therefore a great opportunity to talk about the dojos’ security, responsibility, organisation and development.
Alain PEYRACHE Sensei
Michael LEVY NEUMAND’s teaching is in line with the teachings of Alain PEYRACHE, the master he’s been following since 25 years. Revealed by several of the founder’s disciples, including NAKAZONO, ICHIMURA, NORO, ASAI and TADA, Alain PEYRACHE was Nobuyoshi TAMURA’s student for 30 years. Alain PEYRACHE SENSEI teaches an uncompromising kind of AIKIDO, true to the founding principles of this discipline. Through powerful and straightforward techniques, he aims to teach the essential keys necessary to understand and practice this unique art.
The Path is endless and universal. It goes beyond us. AIKIDO’s founder himself used to say he had just reached the first milestone. If we regard ourselves as physical, emotional, social, energetic and spiritual beings, then AIKIDO is a wonderful tool for education, exploration, understanding and perception of all those aspects of ourselves. When you teach, it is essential to go beyond your own interpretation of AIKIDO in order to pass on the fundamental principles as faithfully as you can to the next generation of students. There’s only one kind of AIKIDO. Each “style” is actually a frozen manifestation of one’s abilities and skill level. AIKIDO eludes norms and codification.
Next seminars directed by Michael
Though the seminars section below is regularly updated, we still advise you to check beforehand with the seminar’s organisers if it is maintained. You can either check directly with the organisers using the contact information given in the seminar presentation, or contact Michael with the contact information given at the end of this page.
2019 November 1 & 2
Netanya – ISRAEL
6 lessons :
November 1 : 13h-14h15 + 14h30-15h45 + 16h-17h15
November 2 : 11h-12h15 + 12h30-13h45 + 14h-15h15
2020 May 8,9 &10
Terrasson La Villedieu – FRANCE
6 lessons :
May 8 : 16h-19h
May 9 : 9h-12h + 15h-18h
May 10 : 9h-12h
Lyon 6 – FRANCE
En cours de programmation
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According to the traditional teaching rules, each Sensei has his own students, who must ask him or her if they wish to hold a class or organise a seminar.
However, if you’re not a member of EPA-ISTA but are interested in discovering Michael LEVY-NEUMAND’s teaching, you can directly contact him using the contact information.