Cognard SoShihan

I heard the call of Budo in my childhood. I recognized my teacher when I was 19 and I followed his teaching for twenty five years. He guided me patiently, fall after fall, towards my budoka duty. He clearly showed me the way. Today, by passing down his aikido, I am accomplishing ​​my spiritual duty as he asked me to when we created Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ha.

I always keep in mind the following principles:
When I look at a material, philosophical or moral object, I always ask myself: What do I see? Where do I see it? From where do I see it?
When I teach, I refuse to pass on anything he did not teach me, I try not to forget anything he showed me and to reproduce as accurately and intensily as possible everything he gave me, I am aware that translating is betraying a bit, even when we do our best to be loyal, but I’m also aware that remembrance is my duty. Every word he said, in turn, I want to be able to say myself.

I apply the following principle that is as acute for the conscious as the katana’s ha is sharp:

Neither domination nor submission nor compromise.

And whatever situation life has to offer, I face it as he always advised me to face a fall. These are his words:

“When you attack and you get to that moment when you can perceive the fall as the only way out and you dread it, push your pelvis and your center further, higher, straight ahead and stronger.”

This always allows me, when I see a disciple experiencing inner trouble, to choose the highest assumption, to never doubt his sincerity and to rely on his courage and his dignity.

This is also what allows me to say:

The way is very simple, it’s straight ahead, always forward and upwards, and when you reach the end, the very end, take another step.

Date Event
26/05/2018 - 27/05/2018 Cognard Hanshi - Aikishintaiso seminar in Lago di Garda Garda Family House, Castelletto di Brenzone
16/06/2018 - 01/07/2018 Cognard Hanshi - Aikido seminars in California Los Angeles Aiki Kai, Los Angeles
04/08/2018 - 11/08/2018 Cognard Hanshi - Aikido summer seminar in Bourg-Argental Kobayashi Hirokazu Kinen Aikidojo, Bourg-Argental
08/10/2018 - 17/10/2018 Cognard Hanshi - Aikiken seminar in Yagyu : Yondan and above
21/10/2018 - 30/10/2018 Cognard Hanshi - Aikishintaiso seminar in Yagyu
02/11/2018 - 11/11/2018 Cognard Hanshi - Aikiken seminar in Yagyu : no rank limit
17/12/2018 - 23/12/2018 Cognard Hanshi - Anniversary Celebration in Kolkota, India Calcutta Judo Club, Calcutta