Calling all creative designers – SOA is launching a LOGO contest.
Shintaido of America has a current logo of the “jumping man”. As part of our branding initiative, we want to consider creating additional logos. We invite you to be inspired by the theme “opening to life.”
Tell me more
The SOA branding initiative is “Shintaido – Opening to Life”. Perhaps you might like to take the opportunity to create a design that expresses what “Opening to Life” means to you. We are considering having the winning design be adopted as the new SOA logo. However, there is no promise we will decide to use these logos. Designs will be published anonymously for the voting.
What is the timeline?
January 23, 2021, was the ‘kickoff’ to our contest. SOA will close the contest on April 30th. The top three winners will be announced in June 2021.
How will it be judged?
The community of Shintaido practitioners and supporters will be eligible to vote in Mid-May. The top three submissions will then be given to our panel of experts for a final selection and recommendation to the Board.
Our two experts are Mario Uribe and David Sirgany.
Mario has been an honorary member of the SOA Board for many years. He is a well-known artist whose work spans the worlds of both Western and Asian art.
Learn more about Mario´s work here.
The second member of the panel is David Sirgany. David is a long-time practitioner of Shintaido and has over 25 years of experience with therapeutic bodyworker and somatic educator. David is an Iyengar certified yoga instructor and has taught both nationally and internationally over the past 20 years. He is also an accomplished artist and photographer.
Learn more about Iyengar yoga here and look at David´s photography work here.
What are the criteria?
1) compatible with our SOA branding of “Opening to Life.”
2) eye-catching and recognizable
3) inspirational and artistic
4) a visual style that reflects a community of practitioners
5) additionally, a successful logo design would look good in both black and white and in color.
How do I submit my design or designs?
Send your design(s) to SOA President Connie Borden at firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I need more information?
Contact Connie Borden at email@example.com
by Peter Furtado
This is a publication of British Shintaido. It was the first inaugural lecture, given by Peter Furtado in January 2021, about the Rakuntenkai group who developed Shintaido with Aoki Sensei in the 1960s, and the importance of their mission to the world today.
Peter is a long-time teacher and practitioner of Shintaido and a celebrated British historian. He traces the evolution of Shintaido over 60 years starting with its roots in Japan and eventual adoption in Europe and the United States. He incorporates in his talk many treasured videos and photographs from the Rakutenkai days.
After the lecture is over, Peter answers questions from the audience.
I hope you enjoy it!
Shintaido of America is very pleased and excited to announce that Tereza Soldatova has joined our social media team as the new Newsletter Content and Outreach Specialist. Tereza will be responsible for publishing Body Dialogue articles on our website and reaching out to the subscribers on our Mailchimp marketing platform. Also, she will be managing the content of our Facebook and Instagram pages. She will be working with Jim Sterling, body dialogue editor and Rob Kedoin, SOA’s webmaster.
Hiring Tereza is an important step forward for SOA’s Branding Initiative and Strategic Plan.
Tereza lives in Prague, Czech Republic. She has become familiar with Shintaido via David Franklin and helps with Shintaido CZ activities.
She has worked for various companies as a social media manager and is taking classes in social media marketing strategy. She has experience working with WordPress, Mailchimp, Facebook and Instagram.
Tereza has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and is working on her master’s degree in semiotics.
As she mentioned in her CV, “Social media is a powerful communication tool. When handled with precision and creativity, it can help meaningful projects to grow.”
Tereza enjoys cinema, analog photography, and body movement.
Welcome Tereza !!!!
As I’m writing this, the Covid-19 virus is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world and there are a lot of restrictions on various kinds of public gatherings and meetings. There are limits on the number of people who can gather, even for outdoor exercise. Of course, this means people are spending a lot more time at home or alone. Here in the Czech Republic, there was a two-week ban on singing in music classes in elementary schools, high schools, and music conservatories, because using your voice — singing or yelling — can spread the virus.
Considering that using an expansive voice is a component of two of the three fundamental techniques in Shintaido, and also feeling that this whole situation is making many people want to scream at the top of their lungs, I decided this would be a good time to encourage people to practice Eiko Dai — the signature Shintaido technique in which one runs far and yells loudly — safely. So, I made a video about doing Eiko outdoors alone, and also about how to do the miniaturized « bonsai » versions, Daijodan kirioroshi and Daijodan kirikomi musubidachi.
Also, the video includes an example of doing Eiko with the bokutoh, the unique type of wooden sword used in Shintaido. I show demonstrate how to grip the bokutoh properly and glance at the different shapes of the traditional katana (metal sword), the traditional bokken (wooden sword), and the unique Shintaido-style bokutoh.
A few years ago, I completed a master’s degree at Université Paris 8 St-Denis, where Pierre Quettier, a long-time Shintaido instructor, became my thesis advisor. The theme of my thesis was about types of knowledge that are usually only communicated face-to-face. What types of things can you only learn when you are physically in the same room with the teacher? What are the things that normally cannot be recorded by a video camera, and why?
These questions were incorporated into the process of making the video. One of the tricks I used, was that while making the video, I was also live-streaming the practice and had a few people participating. I had my phone (for the Internet streaming) and a video camera recording at the same time. Psychologically, this put me into a more familiar mental space. Rather than performing for the camera, I had to teach the class « in real time » for the people who were participating remotely. This made me speak and present the techniques in a more natural way, while still trying to be aware of the fact that I was communicating through the medium of the camera and the Internet.
But rather than posting the recording of the whole practice unedited, I then went to the studio and the editing console and made a more finished product. I added a few close-ups and different camera angles of technical details that I couldn’t shoot out in the field. I also « opened the curtain » and revealed myself in the role of video editor. Instead of the video editing process being a kind of hidden « magic, » I wanted to increase the audience’s awareness that the video they are watching has been crafted and designed to present the information to them in the best way possible.
Finally, I added subtitles — in English. Why would I add subtitles in English, when I’m speaking English in the video? I believe this could increase the online « reach » of the video. It’s called the « world wide web » because it is in fact world-wide, and that means it’s possible that people in many countries may see the video. My experience as an English teacher in the Czech Republic has shown me that many people can read English better than they can understand spoken English, and often people studying English enjoy watching videos in English with English subtitles so that they can learn pronunciation and improve their ability to understand spoken English. It’s a way to improve access for people who are not native English speakers, without actually translating the subtitles into a foreign language.
My hope is that people will not just enjoy the video, but that it will inspire them to get up early in the morning when there are not many people around and go out to a place where they can safely use their voices to the fullest extent. In my opinion, shouting at the sky is incredibly beneficial to both the body and the psyche, and it’s worth the effort.
Here’s the video:
* Written, performed, shot, and edited by David Franklin. Featured book: « Shintaido: The Body is a Message of the Universe » by Hiroyuki Aoki, English trans. by H.F. Ito and Michael Thompson. Music: « Future Gladiator » by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: by attribution 3.0 http://creastivecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/