The word "Kinomichi" means "the path of vital energy".
Created by Masamichi Noro, this method is the result of the encounter between an Eastern gestural tradition and contemporary Western approaches, which take into account the increasing importance of listening and reconciling with one's own body, with the movement, the "right" gesture.
The easing of each of our joints, the opening and the general toning of the whole body as well as its discovery, through the different movements, with the partner, are the principal axes of work developed by this approach. The regular and repeated practice of certain sequences of movements tends to the dynamism and optimal deployment of gestures in space. Kinomichi allows us to experience what it means to inhabit space, whether it is internal (the body itself) or external (the external world in which we live).
A practice adapted to all levels
If you are looking for a physical activity that respects the body and that can do you good, the Kinomichi is for you. It is a gentle, healthy and friendly approach, leading to a progressive setting, without aggression of the body or its limits.
Suitable for everyone, regardless of age, the Kinomichi offers from the first moments a series of stretches, stretching beneficial as well as toning. Most movements are done slowly at first, with a partner, and allow development, as well as an evolution of body sensations, but also the contact with space, whether internal or external. Gradually, dynamism takes place, develops, allowing gestures to unfold in an intense and liberating way.
This work also helps to strengthen his balance, his concentration, in order to find a better anchoring in everyday life.
Performing according to the pace of each, this practice leads to a personal progression, a peaceful mastery of different techniques, devoid of any spirit of competition or performance. It is indeed a work on oneself, a discovery of one's motor skills and one's own vitality, always in transformation.
Some practitioners start the practice for an hour a week, then take a liking to it and come to the dojo as often as possible, as the exercises are enjoyable and keep you in good shape.
When the practice becomes regular, the well-being which accompanies it can also be found in the daily life, because of a real energetic and motor development. Greater confidence in oneself, in one's body, a better management of stress, psychic and physical balance develop harmoniously with the increased control of different movements.
More development paths
A regular practice offers an effective deepening of the relationship with the body, the energy (the Japanese "Ki"), but also with the partner with whom, most of the time, one exercises oneself. It is a path towards oneself and towards others, with a view to a fun discovery (or re-discovery) of the motor, tonic and respiratory potential of each.
This practice is based on physiological bases that help to strengthen the presence of oneself and the environment. It opens perspectives of exploration of our different senses and provides a sense of unity and reunion with its deep, somatic nature, while remaining free to express itself differently and simply.
Thanks to the tonic relaxation provided by the exercises, the partners manage to find the right distance, adapt to the rhythm of each one and find sometimes the way of a deep harmonization, with oneself or with the surrounding world.
Regularity in practice, as well as a certain discipline, make it possible to go beyond the purely physical dimension of Kinomichi to access genuine moments of joy, which encourage the practitioner to continue practicing for many years.
"When two energies cooperate, go in the same direction, are harmonized, their addition becomes a multiplication. Ten plus ten do not make twenty, but a hundred! Master Masamichi Noro *
* From "The Practice of Kinomichi with Master Noro", Daniel Roumanoff, Criterion, Paris, 1992.
The Kinomichi was created in France in 1979 by Master Masamichi NORO, close disciple of the founder of Aikido, Mr. Ueshiba.
The main objective of Kinomichi is the development without damage of the full body and energy potential of the individual, regardless of age. Kinomichi's movements respect the anatomical and physiological realities of the body. Its basic principles include stretching, openings and spirals, in relation to the flow of breathing.
Through a rigorous and regular practice, he proposes to find or find the pleasure of moving in contact with others. It allows a fine, non-traumatic search of the physical reality in its following aspects:
Relaxation and general toning
Integration of spiral dynamics
Globalization of movements understood as lines of forces earth-sky
Refinement of perception by the development of the right gesture,
that is to say non-violent but economical, precise and effective
Progressive development of individual dynamism
Meeting with the partner
"The practice of Kinomichi with Master Noro", by Daniel Roumanoff,
Editions Critérion, Paris 1992.
"Kinomichi - from movement to creation, meeting with Masamichi Noro",
by Raymond Murcia, Editions Dervy, Paris 1996.
"From Zen to Kinomichi - The six dojos of Noro Sensei over time true", by Georges Lamarque, self-publishing, Paris, 2013.
"The Kinomichi - The masterpiece of Master Masamichi Noro, a martial art without combat", by Bernard Hévin, Dervy, Paris, 2014.
Masamichi NORO was born on January 21, 1935 in Aomori, a city in northern Japan.
He met Master Morihei UESHIBA, founder of Aikido, from which he studied from 1955 to 1961 as a boarder (UCHI-DESHI), at the Iwama Dojo in Tokyo. In 1961, at the request of Morihei UESHIBA, Masamichi NORO left Japan with the title of Official Delegate of Tokyo Aikikai for Europe and Africa. Succeeding Tadashi Abe, he arrived in France in Marseille on September 3, 1961.
He then made many trips to Europe and Africa, opening more than 200 dojo in 12 countries. He then moved to France, to Paris.
In 1966, Mr. NORO was the victim of a very serious car accident. With no sequelae, trying to regain his physical condition, he will gradually develop a pedagogy and an approach to movement that will be the future bases of his method, KINOMICHI.
Masamichi NORO creates with his disciples the association Institut Me NORO, rue Constance (Paris 18th). At that time, he will have fruitful exchanges with Taïsen DESHIMARU, monk Soto-Zen.
In 1969, after the death of Morihei UESHIBA, Masamichi NORO met Karlfried Graf VON DÜRCKHEIM, who became his Western spiritual father. Then Mr. NORO meets Marie-Thérèse FOIX and Gisèle de NOIRET, physiotherapists, who participate indirectly in the emergence of the bases of KINOMICHI.
Maître Noro passed away on March 15, 2013.