Shintaido is 50 years old this year, and like a 50-year old malt whiskey, it is rich and mature through its expression in our bodies and our lives. In his essay in Body Dialogue, Michael Thompson described Shintaido planting a new tradition in Japanese martial arts by having students sit and bow to one another in a circle at the start and end of training – rather than in lines facing the teacher. The circle radically changed the relationship of the students to their teacher, and to one another. This innovation by Aoki-sensei marked a new epoch.
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