Kinokawa ryu is a form of Aikido founded by Sensei Michael Wirth which emphasizes the unconditional acceptance and blending of energy (Ki). Its focus is to achieve the unification of mind, body and spirit into one movement with total concentration and purpose.
Kinokawa means “River of ki” or ” River of spirit”. Kinokawa ryu, unlike other forms of Aikido, believes in the realistic application of Aikido as a martial art and as a path for spiritual growth. Practitioners (Aikidoka) of Kinokawa ryu believe and follow the “Five Principles of Aikido” as taught by O’Sensei: 1. Aikido is the path that joins all paths of the universe throughout eternity; it is the Universal Mind that contains all things and unifies all things; 2. Aikido is the truth taught by the universe and must be applied to our lives on this earth; 3. Aikido is the principle and the path that join humanity with the Universal Consciousness; 4. Aikido will come to completion when each individual, following his or her true path, becomes one with the universe; and, 5. Aikido is the path of strength and compassion that leads to the infinite perfection and ever-increasing glory of God.
Kinokawa students also accept and attempt to emulate the “Four Principles to Unify Mind and Body” as taught by Sensei Koichi Tohei: 1. Keep one-point; 2. Relax completely; 3. Keep weight underside; and, 4. Extend Ki.
Mind and body were originally one. Do not think that the physical power you have is the only power you ordinarily use to live and grow. The power you ordinarily use is like the small, visible segment of an iceberg. When we unify our mind and body and become one with the universe, we can use the great power that is naturally ours.