TaiKiKen European Federation, TEF


Tai Ki Kenpo
Tai Ki ken or Great Ki Boxing is a universal oriental 'fighting art', devellopped by headmaster Sawai Kenichi. Because of it's Chinese wushu (Yi-Chuan) and Japanese budo-background it forms an unique blend of nei-chia (internal) and wai-chia (external) -Budo.

TaiKi stimulates our personal and universal 'yuan-chi'...which can only be experienced and devellopped by personal ki-training.
Under guidance of a good teacher one can learn how to move, feel, think and act spontaneously and freely....in order to stay healthy, move like a master and defend yourself adequately.

Let us first make clear our aims where we go for in TaiKi:

We want students -under good guidance- to learn how to develop and use their yuan-chi, in order to master it and:
o through TaiKiKen Ki-training we want to achieve and sustain a good mental and physical health and fitness ( Chi kung /Yang Sheng kong)

o to learn the correct use and control of our ‘yuan-chi'
in every day life as well in the fighting arts
o to move finally without hindrances and spontaneously in the Tai-Ki way of moving (mastermoving)
o to be able to act, move, feel and think free without
hindrances and to be able to express our intentions optimally (Yi-training) and to be fully ourself
o Tai-Ki-Kenpo wants to be a means towards personal growth and personality education
o to be able to defend oneself adequately and be able to fight efficiently (budo and wushu aspects)
o with Tai Ki we want to deepen the insight in the own martial culture especially and deepen the insight in and make transfer to other (martial) cultures in general.

As given to me by master Sawai Kenichi as his direct student since 1967 and appointed Kyoshi Master-Teacher and TaiKiKen Hanshi.

TaiKiKen Ken-jutsu

TaiKiKen Ken-jutsu
the use of the Ken leads to ulitmate precision and tuning of your actions. Just like in TaiKi

Intn.FEKAM KarateTeachers Seminar France 24-25 march 2012

Intn.FEKAM KarateTeachers Seminar France 24-25 march 2012
Daan Dirkson: When it was not expected at all, our dear Kyosi got surprised by sensei Gruss' initiative to honor him. We just saw 20+ karateka's got their certificate for 2th dan and up to even 8th dan, when monsieur Gilbert et le president de Fédération Européenne de Karaté Do et d'Arts Martiaux Traditionnels invited our unsuspecting teacher to grant him with a ninth dan certificate. They saved the very best for last! Congratulations Sensei Kallenbach! Sensei Gruss and Sensei Kallenbach are old opponents but became good friends and stayed in contact all those years. Both with great Budo heart and mind have made a indelible contribution to the world of Martial Arts, hence the award to our Sensei during this special event. Over 230 karate teachers and assistant teachers joined together in Amberieu en Bugey near Lyon to train with Sensei's Gruss, Bigot and Kallenbach. Different lectures were given to inspire the mainly black belt Karateka's from 8 different country's (France, Netherlands, Morocco, Belgium, Germany, Swiss, Algeria and Canada), varied by a live Budo-paint session and a Japanese drum show. The contribution of our Tai Ki ryū was very well received and created new possibilities for many of the participants in the way they look at movement in general and move in their Martial Art in specific as they told us in their feedback afterwards. This was also due to their own openness and great effort they put in to this weekend. Combined with very nice weather and a great organization this Seminaire des Professeurs d'Arts Martieux was a great success and a honor for me to be a part of. Thank you Jan. I will post some pictures for illustration. Onegai Shimasu, — with Jan Kallenbach.


On photo Seniors  Marco Kraan and Hans Bakker during a good kumite in the dojo.
Note they fight barehanded, something we favor in TaiKi... as one is able to use more fighting possibilities than striking only...and will stay certainly more versatile. On a certain level - when there is the necessary control -   one is able to do it this way and for certain purposes we use other materials like boxing-gloves too.

Investigation in Honbu made clear...the students both Seniors and Juniuors want to have more kumite encouters / more training experience in kumite or tanshu.

Senior Marco Kraan (renshi licensed) will help us organizing it. Other Seniors offered their help and sensei Jan will join too.

We want to organize this TaiKi kumite
once a month / once in six weeks...and Marco will
make a schedule. For the moment is decided the regular saturday-morning lessons will be skipped for that special moment then, as we will organize it in our honbu with it's fascillities.

Also is decided that one's budo friends from other
disciplines may join; they have to pay a little contribution. So a saturday morning from 10.00 till 11.30 hrs sharp. Follow the news on this blog /or on the Facebook taikipractitioners account...or on the Facebook taikiken-honbu amsterdam account ...and read your email messages of our tai-i-ken@googlegroups.com  You can't miss it!

Contact the sensei Marco Kraan 06 20443124 / Hans Bakker 06 53328220 and for Rotterdam:
Senior Robert den Breeijen 06 911917868....and ofcourse the Honbu.

TaiKi's New Year Wishes for 2012


Sensei McDonagh and Jan sensei training with the boken in the Japanese garden of sensei  McDonagh in Gothenborg Sweden.
As previously announced,  the coming training period we will continue TaiKi ken-jutsu on a higher level in Honbu. Seniors are asked to find a good bo-ken and tanjo of their own,  as at their level they should master the TaiKi weapons as their own arms!


in memorial: Martin Gravestijn

Good newspaper reading friends acknowledged me about the passing away in august recently of my old training-mate during my stay in Japan in '67-'68 ... Martin Gravestijn (22-3-1937 -  9-8-2011).
After our return, Martin got a job at the police training-center in Ossendrecht. He would go to Japan later several times again and brought a Japanese wife with him.

Martin was a good man with special qualities...as a ikkyu in Judo and Kyokushin karate in the Budokai dojo of Jon Bluming where I taught at that moment...he decided one week before my announced departure to follow me to Japan. He made a shodan under Mas Oyama...but his arms and hands seemed to love the stick..so he concentrated on Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo and that's why he became welknown as a police stick trainer in Ossendrecht. Martin changed to Itosuryu karatedo later and leaves a club, students and children.
See Itosuryu.

In 1967 in front of Mas Oyama's Honbu dojo in Ikebukuro Tokyo with Oyama's famous bull struggle depicted on the wall behind...from left to right the author, the teaching sempai Royama Hatsuo and Okura and Martin Gravestijn.


A resume of our last International TaiKi Gasshuku in Honbu dojo Amsterdam

A  Resume of our International TaiKi Gasshuku in June 2011 in Amsterdam.

                                we counted > 35 participants…with special guests:
            shihans McDonagh (Sweden) and Lesueur (Orgeval, Paris), sensei Stoll (Pyrennees,             Toulouse)…and special lecturer Frank Heckman with a percussionist mr. Ziga from   Codarts (Rotterdam) Unfortunately one of our most true TaiKi friends mr.Jacques Legree         had to stay home…but his nice French team and a Swedish team joined us also.

The Shin-ShinBuKen staff:  Rob and Fred Quant and Jan sensei has a long tradition with gasshuku’s. Already in may 1974 and later when Iwama and Sawai sensei (junior) stayed with us in ShinBuKen, we organized another one that year in Vierhouten, in the middle of the woods of the Netherlands.

We continued these gasshuku or ‘outside training camp’  with several and different unique colleagues for a quite long period (18 times) in Vierhouten since. Later on we even organized the gasshuku in my Academy for Phys. Education and Teacher-building in Amsterdam, the ALO.
McDonagh sensei and mr. Christopher (Malaysia) came, Pascal Krieger sensei brought  a whole Swiss team and in 1994 Sato sensei came over in the ALO to teach. Then we had a period with a lot of changes… master Li came to France and we went to Henabihen, I got a new directory, a new building and our possibilities of lodging diminished…towards  a training for one day only. Sensei Li Yuan Ju taught several times in the old ALO and mr. Shimada visited us in 2005 in the new ALO dojo.

How happy we were when sensei McDonagh and his YoShinKen Seniors took over and treated us with a nice location and perfect budo atmosphere in 2006 Lygnared Sweden. For five years we were their guest, until last year 2010 and we share unforgettable experiences together over there.
At the last European meeting McDonagh sensei stated he wanted to hand down the gasshuku initiative to another country. France and Holland were thinking about it…and as I had a new kind of format for this gasshuku …it became Amsterdam…and in our new Shin-ShinBuKen TaiKi Honbu dojo.

And so Shin-ShinBuKen became the host for the International Gasshuku 2011. Starting at Friday evening 17th  of June and lasting until afternoon Sunday 19th …with a perfect finishing touch of dinner together at sensei Bakker’s.
At Thursday evening we started with a program of socializing, a drink and an Indonesian dinner together…and a perfect lecture of Senior Conradi, yondan aikido about ‘Budo and it’s values’.
We had planned a nice location for our outside morning renshu in ‘het Twiske’ …but the weather forecast was utmost clear: rainshowers!…also on Sunday. So all training sessions (4x)  were given in our Honbu Dojo. And although some could participate for one day only…on both days we trained with over 35 kenpoka…and we managed to enjoy lunch together in our Shin-SBK-canteen and at Saturday evening we had a nice meal in the tavern of ‘het Sluisje’ at the old sea dike of Amsterdam North.
Although we feared several predictable problems…it all went perfect.  Head-teacher in charge Kallenbach sensei had his program and continuing red methodical line ready…and everybody with less kinesphere around seemed to move especially carefully now…and also the close community, the teachers…it  áll created a kind of concentration, a kind of mental melting pot, in which everyone created his own excellence!

The guiding essence of this 2011 gasshuku was…”how to show your TaiKi essence” and “how to handle your Bull”.
A difficult item as many m.a. schools propagate to be and move ‘strong’ above all… with which they create an idea of the modern gladiator…which in no way is a good model to grow and succeed in budo and life. So we wanted to make a statement this time and posed:
                           it is nice to be strong, but is more important to be the best’
                                   and… we don’t fight a bull in the bull’s  way
           we are human TaiKi martial artists and use waza, ki, strategy and human mental power.

Besides the lecture from mr. Conradi, all participants got a lecture from Jan sensei and gasshuku Guideline Paper…so they could  also mentally follow our items.
There was special ‘waza’ instruction…a special lesson: ‘how to play with the elements of moving’,  a session:  performance of waza’ (TaiKi essence) , ‘embu’ meeting with the ‘unextpected’,  tanshu’ (freefight)  and ‘solo tanshu’.
This last item culminated in a perfect happening when mr. Ziga  guided the TaiKi players with his drums and bells during their moving…and so the kenpoka showed their personal and specific  moving signature in  their ‘tanshu-moving’ performance.

We finished with a special grading ceremony…mr. Alain Stoll, a Shotokai karateka yondan, and true shugyosa (see his book: Parcours d’un Adepte) who we know since 1988 and who ever since kept up contact with us wherever we taught…was incorporated in the TaiKi Family and was awarded a Moku-roku Menkyo (yondan) certificate with the Renshi allowance to teach TaiKi.
For him personally a very nice moment after such a long search and of 7 years experience with TaiKi in Yokohama Japan, where he trained with Shimada sensei. Our Congratulations!

After the Reigi…we all departed to sensei Hans and Daphne’s house where a splendid Suriname dinner was waiting for us. The one’s who had to travel home a long way, where treated first and the others enjoyed their stay with the Bakkers’.
Jan Kallenbach
TaiKi Kyoshi

Report from our last International TaiKi Gasshuku in June...Honbu Amsterdam


Posted by PicasaA real special TaiKi ability this time...one has to make a dedicated kick upward...yet so precisely done... the litlle beansack can land on your head. The landing really has to be a nei-chia activity, with your 'whole body'  and especially the head has to move so subtle, otherwise the sack will bounce off for sure.

Dedicated strength, space / environment awareness, adequate displacements. following your 'prey' with your eye ....and at the very moment you catch it with your upperhead. Please learn to move subtle too.
This is Senior Gert Molema in action.

TaiKi feeling for subtillity...

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TaiKi long bo in Honbu

TaiKi team long bo triaining in Honbu 13th of april 2011.
We practised for over 2 month now...and as every one got the principles and ingredients to perform his own form, students can continue at home...and become better, preparing for next period of this budo weapon.
Seniors are working longer with the bo, but are still specializing to handle it with ease and let it work as a bo should work:
vigorous, yet precise and when you hold the bo right...and move with hara...the bo will start to move by itself.

The TaiKi Bo team in Honbu

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This video showes  a special way of nei-chia TaiKi training, we call Tan-shu....
It looks like dancing, but it isn't. I can be a preparation for your way of fighting, or just a way of keeping mobile, agile and fit.
You can see it as the  'carte de visite' of a Senior kenpoka.


TaiKi Iai-ken (sword) training in Honbu dojo

In TaiKi we train with our shin-ken according to the principles and method of the TaiKi School of Sawai Kenichi sensei. Sensei was an experienced iai-jutsu-ka. Many fighting principles were developped by his experience with sword fighting...the footwork, the ma-ai, kamae, hara, the alert quickness of the zen-mind...and the sword really  influenced his ideas about deflecting, parrying, blocking, counterattacking.
So we make deliberate use of: of Zen-mind / flashing conentration / use of Hara as pivot / flexibility in moving and footwork / ki -steered actions/ Calmness in observing and handling the sword.

In this way our TaiKi iai-ken...is more or less an excellent equivalent of our Zen-training...the reason we call it  'Moving Zen',


Big Bo in action during TaiKi training

The TaiKi bo is a magnificent weapon...it is difficult to handle, as it is heavy and long...but when one has learnt to deal with these facts and is able to follow the possibilities of the bo...it can be wielded with flow..and becomes a formidable tool for selfdefense... and it can give you the pleisure it looks like it moves all by itself!

In the TaiKi tradition we first learn to move with tanto and tanjo (short stick) later on followed by the long bo and the bo-ken sword. Wielding the bo certainly asks for a senior level of training.
Above you see Senior Rob with boken vs Frans as bo-man.
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kanji budo

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Calligraphy on the left: Do-jo...the 'place' (jo)  where the 'Way' (Do) is studied. Do comes from Tao and Taoism

Calligraphy on the right: Se-kai do-jo...the world is my dojo. (by sensei P. Krieger'sbook: Ten Jin Chi)

In this way we try to work in our Shin-ShinBuKen Honbu dojo...there should sound some laughter once in a while...just like in daily life..but when we make an effort to come all the way to train in the dojo....we should train and not talk or just hang around.
It is more or less like my old schoolteacher said to our class..."if you just want to do nothing...don't do it here'!  In this way his classroom was a kind of dojo.


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At our New Year's Party we were able to place some nice presents from Otake Risuke shihan of the Katori Shinto Ryu school of Bujutsu under our dojo Shinden. The presents: a samourai doll with inscription and a samourai helmet (kabuto) Otake sensei gave to my family, when he and his Katori team -including Donn Draeger sensei, Kaminoda sensei, Tiki Shewan iai-do sensei- stayed with us giving budo exhibitions / training in Amsterdam 1980 (ALO dojo) and once more in 1984 when they were in in the Doelen theatre in Rotterdam during the big Japan Exhibiton (Yamato machi).
These presents found a good place in our dojo!