It is an orientation comprehending life in its entirety
founder Haruchika Noguchi (1911 – 1976)
Life in its entirety (zensei)
only one who lives spontaneously
can sleep deeply
only one who lives fully
can die in peace
Seitai-ho is a body education of Japanese origin, elaborated by Haruchika Noguchi during the first half of the 20th century with the goal of sensitizing the bodies, so that they may be able, by themselves, to retrieve the power of the instinct, to order their body and to live fully the natural growth process.
there exists an order in the flower’s beauty
a perfect order in the act of holding snow in one’s hand
when the natural order of a person’s body appears
they feel healthy
Sei means correct balance; tai – body and ho – technique.
Seitai-ho is a path which attempts to fully live the nature of the body. It is sustained by a combination of techniques – katsugen undo, yuki-ho, so-ho etc – which renews the relationship between sensibility and body movement. It is based on the perception of the ki which maintains the natural order.
Katsugen undo is the body's ability to balance itself through involuntary movements. Katsu means activity; gen - origin, and undo - movement. With this practice it is possible to perceive the origin of movements and to let them happen without restraints.
Yuki-ho is the technique of using the hands to touch and feel the instinctive capacity of relationship between bodies. Yu means happiness, joy and ki – fundamental life power. Both katsugen undo and yuki-ho are inherent capacities of men; through these practices it is possible to feel an occurrence inside the body, which naturally organizes it.
Seitai so-ho is the teacher’s orientation during the process of natural growth of each body. The regular practice of so-ho helps each one’s personal development.
This path also includes ki ai – a practice of ki concentration through movement and voice; gyaki-ho – a practice of ki circulation; taiheki – the theory on talents and body habits, and on subconscious education.
Continuing his father’s work, the current director of the Body Education Research Institute in Tokyo, master Hiroyuki Noguchi, elaborated do-ho. It is a body education grounded on kata principles contained in Japanese culture. The result was a new body technique which enables the comprehension of body principles and of movements made in seitai-ho, as well as in the most various cultures.
The unfoldings of do-ho are: datsuryoku do-ho – a practice for perceiving and “catching the wave” of the flow of movement, and fude do-ho – calligraphy with do-ho. To complement do-ho, he created naikan-ho – a technique of inner body perception; nai means inner and kan - to see, to return to one’s own body. And he also created ki in ho – ki resonance through the voice.
For anyone having some knowledge of the Japanese language, it is possible to access the website www.seitai.org/information.html and http://noguchi-haruchika.com.