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Mujuan dojo of Colorado is one of only two Mujuan dojos outside of Japan. Mujuan dojo originated with Kurahashi Yodo I in Kyoto and continues with Kurahashi Yodo II.The lineage goes all the way back to the 1930's and originates with the historical shakuhachi player Jin Nyodo, who amassed a very special collection of old honkyoku solo zen shakuhachi compositions from old fuke temples and temple sites all over Japan.
David Yūdo Sawyer teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced students within the repertoire of Kyoto Mujuan dojo, which includes extensive honkyoku and sankyoku training, as well as traditional song and enka song of Japan. The chikumei shakuhachi name, Yūdo幽堂 means 'mystical temple' or 'ghostly shrine'.
David's wife, Yoko Hiraoka teaches Biwa, koto and shamisen, so together they offer a wide panorama of traditional Japanese music and instruments in their Japanese dojo home in Louisville Colorado, as well as via internet lessons. Yoko also teaches Japanese Tea Ceremony. Yoko has been performing concerts with Kurahashi Yodo II for almost 30 years, in Kyoto and the USA. Kurahashi's father was the performance partner to Yoko's string teacher, Saito Yoshiko, so the connections go way back to the 1950s, and across the world and across nationalities too.
The original collection of honkyoku compositions collected by Jin Nyōdo in the 1930s forms the core of the transmitted pieces. These are beautiful solo shakuhachi masterpieces. They have titles such as: 'Fog over the misty ocean', 'Empty bell', 'Waterfall', 'Void' etc. These old honkyoku are exquisitely polished gems of music, and the relationship that develops between the student and each piece becomes charming, spiritual, personal and artistic. Many of the compositions have titles with Buddhist connotations: they were played historically by zen monks as part of their spiritual practice.
As students progress they will also encounter folk music, ensemble sankyoku pieces and some modern works, including Enka popular song, which is great fun to play on shakuhachi.
The option of concentrating on Honkyoku
Some students are quite clear about their interest in honkyoku above all else, and the meditative path of shakuhachi. It is possible to study just a limited selection of short honkyoku pieces, which can form the basis for a lifetime of development as a shakuhachi player. Limiting the repertoire does not limit the player. Originally, zen monks were playing a very small number of honkyoku in their monasteries, as a lifetime practice. The key to concentrating on honkyoku alone, is to know how to develop tone and breath control sufficiently to carry these pieces into their full unfolding. It is a study of mindfulness, focus and nuanced listening.
Students are encouraged to relax, enjoy, and be happy with wherever they may be on their shakuhachi journey. Wherever they may be, they can be confident their teacher has been there too! David trains students to become deeply aware of the tone color of their sound and the available subtleties of embouchure shaping and efficient breath delivery. He approaches the shakuhachi experience as a moment of exquisite attention, where all one's faculties, both within and without are brought to a fine point of focus, in the service of good form. There are many layers of subtlety in the music and as the student builds skills and awareness, they can go deeper into the pieces naturally.
Jin Nyōdo, the father of this lineage, was very clear about the repertoire: honkyoku has a deep spiritual component, but it always unfolds in the form of Art, and thus can be considered an art form of the spirit, like brush calligraphy, tea ceremony, Kyudo archery and other Japanese art forms with zen philosophical underpinnings.
Building solid form and an excellent approach to playing lay the foundation for a lifetime of joy with shakuhachi. A lot of early teaching emphasis goes towards good skill-building with many types of exercises and a gradual building of strength as a player. Eventually players have such a solid foundation they become self-sufficient and confident in having a good core practice.
There is nothing inflexible or strict about learning shakuhachi. It's not possible to be so! Shakuhachi has enough inherent difficulties as an instrument, that the business of teaching is always collaborative and has to be acutely sensitive to the meanderings of the student's way.
Beginner students and healthy playing
David Yūdo brings beginner students into an awareness of the mechanics of making a tone, with great care and intent to build good shakuhachi 'bones'. Issues of posture, breathing, hand position, shoulder stress and sight reading are all given a great deal of careful attention right from the first lesson. The first efforts at making a sound are guided precisely by careful examination of embochure shape and elegance of approach. Students learn how to relax whilst playing; how to become aware of and release tensions in the body, particularly in the hands and shoulders.
Individual lessons are available in Louisville, Colorado and also shakuhachi teaching can be done via the Internet. Lesson costs are $35.00 per hour, payable in advance via Paypal, or by personal cheque or money order.
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