Chapter 2 outline translation from Okuyama Sensei’s book Koho Shiatsu Rinsho Iten. “My Thoughts On Longevity” “Live Up to 150 Years Old”
From 1991 through 1996 I attended the Anma Institute and graduated from various courses in Anma 按摩 (Traditional Japanese Massage). This training would mark the beginning of my life’s work in the pursuit of authentic Anma training in Japan. The Anma Institute was originally setup by Takashi Nakamura, a Anma practitioner from the Kansai Shinkyu Tanki Daigaku 関西鍼灸短期大学 (School of Massage, Acupuncture and Moxibustion) in Osaka, Japan, to provide a local source of Anma therapists for the then only Japan sanctioned hot springs in the United States located in Japan Town San Francisco, California.
Shodai Soke Okuyama had two very famous singers create two Rōkyoku 浪曲 traditional style Uta 唄 (songs) that are accompanied by a Shamisen to tell the “story” of Hakko-ryu Jujutsu 八光流柔術. These two songs and the dance were recorded and released on two small disks that came with a pamphlet that included the lyrics for each song.
English translation of the table of contents for Shodai Soke Okuyama’s book: Goshin Kanpō Jūhachi Kajō Hiden 護身簡法十八か条秘伝 (Self-Defense Method 18 Lessons Secrets).
First ever English translation of the table of contents of Shodai Soke Okuyama’s Koho Shiatsu Rinsho Iten 皇法指圧臨床医典 (Imperial Finger Pressure Clinical Medical Reference) book. The book is broken into four sections.
My first draft translation of the founder of Hakko-ryu’s original Travel Journal (Tabi-Nikki) 奥山龍峰旅日記. This is the first time this has been translated into English. The journal is broken into three major sections.
Discussing various bad points to avoid when training Kukishin-ryu Rokushaku Bojutsu 九鬼神流六尺棒術, and stages of development as expressed by Noguchi Sensei. From Bo Kihon to Kata Geiko, to Shinpen Kyojitsu and the timing and use of Kiai. We do not just run the Kata but must connect with and run the opponent.
My teacher Saionji Sensei gave me many research papers from various countries related to the effects of Yumeiho Therapy. I have plans to retype all the research papers my teacher gave to me during our training together. The research covers various topics of study that were done by his students in their respective countries.
The first vision of The ANMA Institute is to see skilled touch recognized in our culture as a basic requirement for health and well-being. We believe in touch. We believe it is essential for developing and maintaining physical and psychosocial health. We believe touch is essential to healing, which in the original sense means “to make whole”. We also believe that the absence of positive touch, like the absence of food and water, results in people developing a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms.
There are nine major categories of techniques within the art of Anma. Seven are original and two were added later on: (Kyosatsu Ho and Haaku Ho). Also, the Kyokute Ho methods are only found within the Japanese tradition of Anma and not in any other art form. Each section allows you to work the body in a uniquely different way. These nine sections create various effects that assist in the achievement of the goals of Anma Therapy. During an Anma massage all nine areas are utilized which creates a very complete full body therapy.