Meïwakan Aïkido is the international organization of Mickaël Martin, that was founded in 2011 to develop partnerships with dojos in France and Europe.
What does Meïwakan (明和館) mean? Explanations by Mickaël Martin.
Together, let's make things clearer and harmonious!
« 明 "Meï": clear, bright, to clarify, to make things clearer and understandable. Also expressed in the sense of Akarui and Myoo. The "Meï" kanji consists of two signs, the sun 日 and the moon 月. These two signs together form the light "Meï" 明. In the daylight, the sun enlightens us. During the night, the moon reflects the rays of the sun and also brings us light. Whether one is in broad daylight or in the night, there is thus always light, so that we can find our way. In the practice of Aïkido, we also all need light to help us find our way and move in the right direction. That is why I chose "Meï".
和 "Wa": harmony, to soften, peace, to make things harmonious, to order, to accept. The "Wa" can also be used to name Japan. It also means breaking the corners to round out in the shape of a circle. It also incorporates the meaning of Yawaragu, strength in flexibility. That is why I chose "Wa".
"Meïwa" thus becomes softening and making things clearer and more harmonious. In Aïkido, when we begin to practice, our body does not move according to the Budo criteria. It is hard, just like our minds. So we must soften our bodies and clear our minds so that the two act in harmony, it is the "Wa".
"Kan" 館 (Yakata): building, house, etc.
I chose the name of Meïwakan in relation to my vision of Aïkido and in direct connection with the way I received the teachings of Tamura Senseï during the eight years during which I was uchi-deshi with him, in Shumeïkan Dojo. In connection with the way I understood his Aïkido and philosophy.
Meïwakan is the place where we will enlighten, shed light on our minds and make the practice of Aïkido more understandable according to the teaching of Tamura Senseï: it is the "Meï". It is also the place where we are going to soften our bodies and bring peace in our mind in order to link the technique with our own body: it is the "Wa". Once the two both together, the light will become harmonious. You will be able to "see" and be on the right path: it is "Meïwa".
To clarify and make things more comprehensible and harmonious, we must return to the basis of Aïkido according to the basic principles of Tamura Senseï. It is also necessary to find the correct way of using the body according to the ancient principles of Budo. To integrate this, one must work and practice again and again, tirelessly, until all these principles are fully integrated by the body itself, so that it can then express itself freely. »