Monday, July 19, 2010

June 2010 SMAA California Seminar--Part 1

Everyone had fun at the SMAA California Seminar in June. Training on Saturday and Sunday kicked off with instruction in the Shin-shin-toitsu-do system of Japanese yoga. Stretching exercises for health and meditation were featured, but H. E. Davey, the primary instructor at the seminar, especially emphasized how to coordinate mind and body in any activity. Coordination of mind and body, as taught in Shin-shin-toitsu-do, aims at helping people realize their full potential in daily life, but many of this art's principles can be applied to the martial arts, resulting in greater balance, coordination, and power. How unification of mind and body related to budo was one of the main subjects covered at the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts, where the seminar was held.