This is kicking off in just a few hours; Kaito Abe ’15 writes in:
Riichi Kitano is the founder of Shinkiryu Bujutsu and carries black belts in Karate, Judo, Aikido, Shorinji Kempo, and Ti. He has been sharing the practice and concept of “Ki” which he acquired through practicing traditional martial arts. “Ki” is a difficult concept to describe, and is based on the spirituality of harmony and integration with nature. He will be introducing Japanese philosophy through martial arts, as well as demonstrating how to control the natural power of “Ki”.
“Ki’ might sound like magic or superstition. But what Kitano is introducing as “Ki” in this session is not what we supposed to be magic, but something that every single one of us inherently possesses. The practice of “Ki” is based on true kindness and a willingness to do good things for others without expecting anything in return. It is difficult to explain “Ki”, but as Kitano simply puts it, “‘Ki’ is a practice of using man’s original ability.” Kitano will be demonstrating his own mastery of Ki in this session, as well as offering insights into the brand of traditional Japanese spirituality on which the practice of Ki is based.
Date: Today, February 17
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Place: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
Cost: Absolutely Free