Aikido Cork Open Centre
Aikido Cork Open Centre

Phone: 085-764 2423


The Journey Home

Communication through Sight, Sound and Touch
Master the Art of Observing
Find Your Centre

The Buddha taught his followers to recall and recite the 
Five Remembrances every day:
"- I am of the nature to grow old.  There is no way to escape growing old.
- I am of the nature to have ill health.  There is no way to escape having ill health.
- I am of the nature to die.  There is no way to escape death.
- All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change.
There is no way to escape being separated from them.
- My actions are my only true belongings.  I cannot escape the
consequences of my actions.  My actions are the ground upon which I stand."

Buddha was asked:
"What have you gained from meditation?"
He replied:
"Nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost:
anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death."

"I didn't create Aikido.  Aiki is the way of the universe.  The history of Aikido begins with the origin of the universe. Do you
think that a human could possibly have created these laws?"

"There is no enemy in the true martial way (budo). True budo is a work of love.  It is not killing or fighting; it is a work of
 creation and growth which gives life to and nurtures all things.  Love is the guardian deity of everything.  
Nothing can exist without it.  Aikido is the realization of love."
Morihei Ueshiba - Founder of Aikido 


 The Journey Home (connecting the dots):

 Time is very slow for those who wait.
Very fast for those who are scared.
Very long for those who lament.
Very short for those who celebrate.
But for those who love,  time is eternal.
- William Shakespeare

 Australian Aboriginal Proverb

We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just
passing through.  Our purpose here is to observe, to 
learn, to grow, to love, and then we return home.

Zen Doctrine

If one wishes to know the causes formed in a previous life,
one can find them in how one fares in the present life,
if one wishes to know the effects in the next life,
one can find them in one's deeds in the present life...
When one sows melon (seeds) one will gather melons and
one sows beans, one will gather beans.
This is the plain truth.


Buddha' is not the name of a person, but designates a type.
'Buddha' is Sanskrit for someone who is 'fully enlightened'
about the nature and meaning of life.
The state of Buddha is one of the highest possible perfection.
It seems self-evident to Buddhists that an enormous amount
of preparation over many lives is needed to reach it. 


The idea of rebirth is a cardinal one in Vedanta, 
since a series of improving lives provides for an increase
in the capacity to be aware of one's essential freedom
in all circumstances. 

The Upanishads

The knower is never born nor dies,
nor is it from anywhere, nor did it become anything.
Unborn, eternal, immemorial,
this ancient is not slain when the body is slain...
Smaller than small, greater than great,
this Self is hidden in the heart of man...
Understanding this great lord the Self,
bodiless in bodies, stable among unstable,
this wise an cannot grieve.


Birth is not a beginning;
death is not an end.
There is existence without limitation;
there is continuity without a starting point...
There is birth, there is death,
there is issuing forth,
there is entering in.


Gnosticism was one of the most powerful currents of thought which 
influenced Christian doctrines and practice.
The Christian Gnostic's were all reincarnationists. In orthodox circles,
Gnosticism is usually regarded as a pseudo-Christian religious
philosophy running parallel to the mainstream of Christianity. 

A Course in Miracles

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.

Hendrik Willem Van Loon, The Story of Mankind

High in the North in a land called Syithjod there is a mountain.
It is a hundred miles long and a hundred miles high
and once every thousand years
a little bird comes to this mountain to sharpen its beak.
When the mountain has thus been worn away
a single day of eternity will have passed.


Technical Director Aikido:
Philippe Gouttard Sensei, Shihan (7th Dan)
Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan

Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho:
Detlef Decker Sensei, 5th Dan
Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan

The Cork Open Centre is a holistic learning Centre offering affordable ongoing evening classes, full-day and weekend workshops, and advanced training in Aikido, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Hanmi Buddhism and Reiki.

Budo by Hiroshi Ikeda

Budo by Hiroshi Ikeda

The Cork Open Centre admits students of any race, colour, age, gender, and sexual preference to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities that are available to all members. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in our educational and admissions policies. Minimum age requirement for attending Aikido classes is 16 years and for T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Chi Kung (Qigong) classes is 18 years of age. 



Ai - Love by Hiroshi Ikeda


"The Art of Peace"

Study how water flows in a valley
stream, smoothly and freely
between the rocks. Also learn from
holy books and wise people.
Everything - even mountains,
rivers, plants and trees -
should be your teacher.


Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

T'ai Chi Ch'uan 
"The Supreme Ultimate"

Knowing others is intelligence,
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength,
Mastering yourself is true power.




At least for today: 

Don't get angry.
Don't be grievous.
Express your thanks.
Be diligent in your business.
Be kind to others. 

For improvement of mind and body.
Usui Reiki Ryoho.

The Founder
Mikao Usui 


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