Workshop „SUMI-E – AIKIDO – ZEN“, 20.–22.6.2014



Beppe Mokuza Signoritti (Bodai Dojo, Alba, Italy)

and Georg Schrott (Aikidojo Bochum)

Deutsche Fassung


The Japanese expression „sumi-e“ means “black ink” (sumi) and “painting” (e) and it is a form of art in which subjects and themes are painted with china ink in different shades of grey.

In sumi-e, technical perfection or talent is not necessary; anyone can learn sumi-e when one follows the spirit of one’s teacher whose instructions are often based on intuition. Genuine sumi-e is characterized by clarity and spontaneity that are transmitted directly to the viewer’s perception. Thus, for an image to be „alive“, all its components must be alive. Every superfluous detail is omitted, because Sumi-e captures the essence of nature. (More information and evaluations in Beppe’s Sumi-e Homepage:

The workshop offers the opportunity to find similarities and mutual inspiration between martial arts and painting.


The time schedule will be very intense. In addition to  meditation, painting and Aikido, we will spend some time on both everyday and cultural activities. We will prepare meals with Beppe’s assistant Alessandro and eat together at the Dojo.


For more than 20 years Beppe has dedicated himself to Sumi-e and Zen meditation. He is a Soto-Zen monk and Director of the Bodai Zen Dojo in Alba, Italy. His teacher is Zen-Master Roland Yuno Rech. Beppe shows his paintings and teaches Sumi-e  in many European countries; he lectures and gives courses for children, teens and adults on this subject.


Previous knowledge of Sumi-e and Zen is not required. The Aikidoka will be given preference. The non-Aikidoka can also register, but they will on a waiting list. If not enough Aikidoka register, the others will be accepted.


Included in the price: Sumi-e teaching, Aikido training, Sumi-e materials, full board (Zen cooking), possibility to sleep at the Dojo (bring a sleeping bag!).


€ 120 (Only registration for the entire seminar is allowed).


As the number of partecipants is limited, registration will follow the “first-come-first-serve” principle.

Aikidoka: final registration by e-mail and fee paid by bank transfer of € 40. The rest of the sum please wire no later than June 13th.

Non-Aikidoka: express your wish to register by e-mail; please do not send money and wait for the confirmation!

For detailled registration dates and further information see the                      workshop flyer!