Series One


“Shintaido: The body is a message of the universe” written by Hiroyuki Aoki

A Shintaido of American Podcast Series.

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Episode 1   :    Episode 2   :    Episode 3   :    Episode 4   :    Episode 5
Episode 6   :    Episode 7   :    Episode 8   :    Episode 9   :    Episode 10
Episode 11   :    Episode 12   :    Episode 13   :    Episode 14   :    Episode 15
Episode 16   :    Episode 17   :    Episode 18   :    Episode 19   :    Episode 20


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Coming Jan 5, 2022

Episode 1: “The atom bomb inspires an avant-garde martial art”

Section of the Book:
     About the Author and Book by Shintaido of America
     Introduction by Michael Thompson
     Translator’s Note by H.F. Ito
     Life, Burn by Hiroyuki Aoki


Episode 1 introduces us to Hiroyuki Aoki, the founder of Shintaido. Master Shintaido instructors Michael Thompson and H.F. Ito offer their perspectives, while the last essay was written by the young Mr. Aoki before Shintaido was established.

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Hiroyuki Aoki, the founder of Shintaido, has been called a “pioneer,” and the discipline he created with the Rakutenkai group in the 1960s has been called “an avant-garde martial art.” As children, Aoki and members of the group experienced the bombing of Japan during World War Two, and many lost family members to the atomic bomb. But even as the technology of war continued to increase its destructive power, these young people dove deep into the traditional fighting techniques of Japanese martial arts to transform the essence of these ancient teachings into a movement discipline for modern society.

As one of Aoki’s students, Michael Thompson, writes: “Shintaido contains elements of the martial arts which appear violent and meditation which is quite calm and peaceful. They are not any more mutually exclusive than the two hemispheres of our brain.”

Another of Aoki’s students, Haruyoshi Ito, writes: “The more violence is turned into a form of spiritual garbage through misunderstanding and suppression, the more virulent is its odor when the cap blows off and it is finally released…”

Mr Aoki’s aim in founding the Rakutenkai group was to seek creative solutions to the psychological, interpersonal, and ecological challenges of violence. Along the way, they invented an amazing system of training for both body and mind that can benefit everyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical condition.

This is the story of the body movement discipline they created in answer to the challenges of modernity: Shintaido, the “new body way.”

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Coming Late Jan 2022

Episode 2: “What is Shintaido?”

Section of the Book:
     Part 1: The Philosophy and History of Shintaido
          – Chapter 1: What is Shintaido?


In Episode 2, Aoki describes the basic character of Shintaido as a system of body movement that can be a guide to solving problems within ourselves, in our relationships with others, and even in our relationship to the cosmos, the source of our lives.

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“As a mood or feeling, Shintaido is more religious and artistic than scientific. It is more emotional and primitive than rational,” writes Shintaido’s founder, Hiroyuki Aoki. “It involves cooperation more than competition in its movements. But it is cooperation that emphasizes individual expression, rather than passive group enjoyment.… Shintaido cannot be understood by trying to pigeon-hole it into traditional or popular categories such as martial arts, gymnastics, health fads, or religion.”

The difficulty of creating an art that overcomes barriers to mutual understanding is something Aoki understands well. Shintaido grows from the soil of Japan’s ancient traditions, but it is not necessary to “turn Japanese” to master it. A child of the 1960s, Shintaido speaks to an international audience and invites everyone to experience movement that is not “…constrained by tense shoulders, …[and] clenched fists, but rather one in which our hands and bodies are open to our partner and our neighbor in a gesture of respect, forgiveness and acceptance.” Thinking about body movement this way, it is easier to see how Shintaido, although born from the masters of the samurai tradition, may be closer in spirit to master artists such as Gauguin or William Blake.

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Coming Early Feb 2022

Episode 3:

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Coming Late Feb 2022

Episode 4:

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Coming Early Mar 2022

Episode 5:

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Coming Late Mar 2022

Episode 6:

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Coming Early Apr 2022

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Coming Late Apr 2022

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Coming Early May 2022

Episode 9:

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Coming Late May 2022

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Coming Early Jun 2022

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Coming Late Jun 2022

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Coming Early Jul 2022

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Coming Late Jul 2022

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Coming Early Aug 2022

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Coming Late Aug 2022

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Coming Early Sep 2022

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Coming Late Sep 2022

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Coming Early Oct 2022

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Coming Late Oct 2022

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