In the meantime I went in 2007 once more with wife and daughter... also to tighten the ties with our Japanse TaiKi friends...but recently I went alone and I had several reasons for it.
This time I wanted to have good meetings and deeper talks with especially Sato sensei, Iwama sensei and Takagi Yasuhide, who runs the vast biggest TaiKi dojo in Japan and is a young promising organizer.
We dicussed the level of organisation and the responsability of teachers for the building of their best students, and logically also the best way to do this. Our classical Menkyo grading is just one part of it.
For this moment I can say as most important, that the Teachers gave us in Europe full autorisation to continue the way we do it now!
As a token of confirmation I received an original stamp called 'hanko' with the writing:
Tai Ki Kenpo European Honbu which has to be used on all our official papers and certificates, indicating this paper contains the approval of full autorized Kyoshi teachers and has the full support of the Kyoshi Senior Teachers in Japan...who speak and act out of the name of Sawai soshi.
This what I for the moment can tell about the result of my trip. Maybe you can imagine I feel deeply honoured with this confidence the Teachers put in me and Marshall sensei's work.
So I bow... and say only 'onegai shimasu'
my last meeting with the TaiKi group, the Renshi and Kyoshi meeting at Ikebukuro 26-06-2010
the Place where it all started in 1967... the Meiji Jingu, with the traditinal mon-entrance gate....in this park Sawai sensei had a special place where he trained early morning... and I found him.