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Connect with William Reed,

MAESTRO EDUCATOR: Teacher of Mastery through the Samurai Arts

from Kofu-shi, Japan

Connect with William Reed,

MAESTRO EDUCATOR: Teacher of Mastery through the Samurai Arts

from Kofu-shi, Japan

Introduction

Headline:

MAESTRO EDUCATOR: Teacher of Mastery through the Samurai Arts

I am a(n):

Renaissance Samurai Bilingual Japanologist World Class Speaking Coach Professor of Japanese Liberal Arts Professional Calligrapher TEDx Speaker Television and Radio Commentator Aikido 8th-dan Shodo 10th-dan Iaido Shodan

I know a lot about:

#Zen #Calligraphy #Aikido #Samurai #MandalaChart #Ikigai #Japan #Creativity #Speaking #Nanba #FLOW #TalentDynamics

I am the go-to for:

Supporting others in their quest of Self-Mastery and Self-Discovery.

I can help you:

  • Cultivate perpetual youth and vitality by daily walking 8~10 thousand steps and writing 10 ideas in an Idea Journal.
  • Find your FLOW in personal and professional life through a Talent Dynamics Assessment and Debrief.
  • Learn how to present yourself and your ideas on camera and in person with clarity and confidence.
  • Learn how to Master your mind and body through personal coaching in Samurai Arts for daily life.
  • Be entertained, educated, and inspired through the back stories and insider views from my Journey to Master Japanese Language and Culture.
  • Receive Mentorship as one of Mentors in the PickMyBrain Mentorship Program.

Why me:

As a Maestro Educator I can quickly connect you to practical wisdom from Japanese and Samurai Culture. After many decades studying directly with top masters, my long journey can become your short cut to transformation and self-mastery. I draw on the Wisdom and Disciplines of Samurai Culture applied in a contemporary context…without the barriers of language, time, accessibility, guidance, or gender.

I am available for:

📞 Telephone | ⚡ One time payment

Languages:

English Japanese

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About

My story:

From a young age I have sought how to find my Way through the Zen Arts and Japanese Culture, first coming to Japan in 1972, and from that time learning Aikido and Calligraphy from top Masters. I was fortunate at the age of 20 to begin learning everything over again in a new language and a culture very different from Western culture, yet very adapted to the modern world. I discovered over time that the Japanese owe much of their resilience, sense of beauty, and dedication to lifelong learning to Samurai Culture. This became my Passion, and it led to Mastery of the Japanese Language, and the highest ranks possible in Aikido (8th-dan) and Calligraphy (10th-dan), as well as connections to Masters of Zen, Swordsmanship, and the Tea Ceremony.

Over 5 decades I managed to transform these Passions into a pledge, pursue them at a high level, present them on global platforms, to get paid to do what I love, and share this with people from around the world. In the process I became twice a TEDx Speaker, have written several bestselling books on Amazon in Japanese, and became certified as a World Class Speaking Coach. Being bilingual I have also become a television and radio commentator, and have appeared as navigator in a number of documentaries on Samurai History and Culture. I teach these subjects at the International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) near Mt. Fuji, do executive coaching and corporate training based on these principles.

While pursuing my Passion Projects at a high level, I am also dedicated to helping other people discover and apply the Passion Process to their own Passions, for a better Quality of Life, and so that they may better contribute to the Creative Economy.

My mission:

Help students and young professionals find their Flow and develop their Talent to transform Education and Work through lifelong learning.

My core values:

#Samurai Code #Calligraphy Culture #Humor #Quality Education #Entrepreneurial Artist

My greatest accomplishments:

The first World Class Speaking Coach, Certified by Craig Valentine, World Champion Public Speaking.
Certified Talent Dynamics Flow Consultant and Genius Entrepreneur Mentor on GeniusU.
Two TEDx Talks in Japan and Norway. TEDxKG and TEDxTrondheim on Nanba Art of Physical Finesse.
Two Number One Amazon Bestsellers in Japanese, on Mind Mapping and on World Class Speaking.
Professor of Japanese Culture at the International College of Liberal Arts (iCLA) in Japan.Fully Bilingual with Mastery of Japanese language, speaking, reading, and writing, for close to 50 years.
10th-dan Rank in Shodo, Brush Calligraphy.
Vice Chairman Japan Calligraphy Education Association.
Numerous Awards, Exhibitions, and Performances in Brush Calligraphy.
Commissions for Calligraphy from famous Japanese Temples, Shrines, and Dojos.
8th-dan Black Belt in Aikido, the Martial Art of Winning without Fighting.
1st-Dan Black Belt in Mugairyu IAIDO
Regular personality in Japanese television, radio, documentaries, some watched by 100 million people.
Prolific author on themes related to Samurai and Calligraphy.
Traveled and taught in over a dozen countries, in Asia and Europe.
Listed with highest rank on the Scottish Samurai Wall of Fame, Taisho in the Order of the Scottish Samurai.
Serve on the Japan Sports Agency's project to promote BUDO (Martial Arts) Tourism.
Chairman of International Committee for Hogyokukai Mugairyu Iaido School of the Japanese Sword.
Amateur Tap Dancer for up to 22 years.

My hobbies/activities:

#Watch Samurai Historical Drama #Read Zen philosophy and poetry #Nature and History Travel in Japan #Enjoy Jazz and Opera #Laughing and making people laugh #Legendary Storytelling

My goals:

1) Help create a Global Mentorship program on PickMyBrain connecting students and young professionals with the resources of universities and corporations to transform the world through Knowledge Exchange.

2) Create a Legacy in Mastery of Sword and Letters through my book on Calligraphy "Song of the Brush, Dance of the Ink" to be published in 2021 by Morgan James Publishing.

3) Bring Nanba Walking and the Japanese Art of Physical Finesse to over a million people through Video, DVDs, Documentaries, Television, Internet, and Writing.

4) As a Maestro Educator, model and help other people achieve perpetual youth and longevity through wisdom and lifestyle springing from Japanese culture.

Read, listen to, and/or watch this:

Meeting and learning from true modern Ninja, being in an NHK Documentary at: https://vimeo.com/80223199

Fun facts:

* I have been the experiential navigator for more than a dozen Japanese Samurai Documentaries and television programs, including Mountain Shamanistic Training, Initiation into Secret Ninja Arts, and reenacting a famous medieval Samurai march through two mountain passes covering 100 km in two days.
* I studied Tap Dance for 22 years, and even taught Nanba Tap as an adjunct professor at Japan's leading Conservatory of Music, Toho Gakuen.
* I have done documentaries on the Ninja, and have many Ninja friends working at the top level of Ninja Culture.
* I have done two TEDx Talks, and have written two Number One Amazon Bestsellers in Japanese.
* I serve on the BUDO Tourism Committee of the Japan Sports Agency, and a promotional film that I was in received 3.2 million views in one month. https://youtu.be/amwsFDEVjSg
* I spent 15 years in the Japanese Automotive Aftermarket industry working as a translator, automotive journalist, and Japan representative for the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
* I love to laugh and to make others laugh through stories.
* Although I mostly work in Japan, I have taught in Korea, Singapore, Bali, the Philippines, South Africa, the United States, Scotland, and the Netherlands.
* I read dozens of books at a time.
* I will publish in 2021 a book: Song of the Brush, Dance of the Ink, which will bring Calligraphy to the world stage! (from Morgan James Publishing)
* My Calligraphy is on permanent exhibit in a Zen Temple, and Shinto Shrine, and the Headquarters of Japan's largest IAIDO Organization

I want to learn more about:

#Calligraphy Collaborations #Ancient Japanese and Chinese Scripts #Education 5.0 #Poetry Painting for Interiors #Creative Personal Branding

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When you see a scroll of brush calligraphy what is your response?

The first question might be, “What does it say?” It is natural to want to know what it says, but that may only be the title or translation of the work. A four-character poem:

筆歌墨舞
Song of the Brush
Dance of the Ink

Calligraphy in scroll paintings is displayed in the alcove of a Japanese home, tea house, or temple. How can it best be displayed in a modern interior?

It should stand alone on a plain white wall, without other pictures or mirrors. It should also be discoverable, separated in this case by a timber slat partition in an illuminated corridor. Framing the work in space invites you to stay awhile, to pause before coming closer.

There is a distance which is just right for taking in the whole painting and the space in which it lives. Sen no Rikyu was a Japanese Tea Master who established the Tea Ceremony as we know it today. He was very particular about the exact position and placement of a scroll in the alcove. The tea room was typically quite small, just 4-1/2 tatami mats, and dimly lit. He once asked a student to hang a scroll in that small space, being very particular about its position. “No, a little higher, no slightly more to the left.” It took some time to get it exactly right, and he wondered why the Master was so particular. The student made a small almost imperceptible mark on the wall, and pretended to fumble and drop the nail for the hook. Rikyu had him go through the process again, a little higher, slightly more to the left. The student was astonished when it brought him back to the exact place where he had made the mark.

What seemed like arbitrary aesthetic fussiness was actually the precise perception of a discerning eye. It is a humbling experience to realize that space is real and right positioning is precise. We typically ignore space, and fill it with clutter. Displaying calligraphy is an art in itself, and can help you appreciate the aesthetics of how space and positioning can bring a work of art to life.

That is where the conversation begins.

Song of the Brush
Dance of the Ink

This poetic phrase captivated me enough to write a book by that title, to be published in 2021 by Morgan James Publishing.

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Song of the Brush Dance of the Ink, by William Reed, to be published in 2021 by Morgan James Publishing.

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Samurai Culture is not only cool, it is very practical in a contemporary context. The practical wisdom and applications are often buried in the years of practice required in a dojo, or difficult to access because of geography, language, access, gender or age. None of these need to stand in the way. Here I offer you an Invitation to an Internship in Samurai Self-Mastery and Self-Discovery. There is no better time than now.

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I passed my Shodan Test in IAIDO.

One step closer to my favorite proverb:
文武両道

“Master of Sword and Letters
Conversing with my Betters”

Many thanks to Takeda Hougyoku Sensei and Yasumura Ougyoku Sensei for their patient instruction.

https://samuraiexperience.co.jp

https://www.mugairyu.net

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https://youtu.be/fHqFDQWUi2U

Here are a few sword Kata I am learning in the Hogyokukai Mugairyu School of Iaido. Still a long way to go, but great fun for focus. Check out our headquarters Dojo in Asakusa Kuramae, our weekly online training, DVDs, and International membership.

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This video was published along with our article on Nanba Walking by Gekkan Hiden, a Japanese Martial Arts Magazine. The article and the video are in Japanese, but visual enough to get an impression. The video went up on YouTube in early February 2021, and in just 3 weeks received over half a million views!

The publisher immediately commissioned is to create a DVD on Nanba, with Yano Sensei teaching the essentials of Nanba exercises for Balance, Flow, and Nanba Walking, and William Reed showing the applications of Nanba to martial arts and self protection.

It also led to a call from the Director of a major television program for me to introduce this on national television.

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What am I doing here? Why the Nanba Quick Step! This photo was taken in 2015 inside the Japan Self-Defense Forces Agency. What am I doing inside such a high-security compound?

The Japanese Air Force Self-Defense Forces invited me to do a series of interviews about Nanba: the Art of Physical Finesse, which I also call Samurai Walk, for their Magazine TSUBASA (Wings), and they asked me to demonstrate a Nanba exercise to take a photo for one of the articles in the series.
[check out my split-toed shoes, in Japanese called Jika-Tabi]

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Five Ways in which we can connect and I can help add value to your personal or professional life. Find Your FLOW through a Talent Dynamics Assessment and Debrief, helping you Find your Message and your Voice. Gain Confidence on Camera by learning how to Present Yourself life or recorded, with lessons from my experience in Television and Radio. Find Samurai Serenity by learning how to apply the Samurai Code in your life, as well as develop the Samurai Mind through simple sword practice. Nanba Walking will rescue you from the dangerous consequences of a sedentary life, and help you tap into an creative stream of ideas. Taste of Zen is a Way to experience Zen in Japanese Culture by meeting a Tea Master and speaking with a Zen Master, as well as brining Zen practice into your life through Calligraphy.

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How is it possible for the small fish to swallow the large fish? The answer may be in Zen Poetry, with a message on how we can surpass our own limitations.

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This is a GOALSCAPE of the University Course and Training which I offer on Nanba: The Art of Physical Finesse.

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This is a GOALSCAPE of the Course I teach at University called, Samurai Code and Culture.

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This is a description of my University Course on NANBA: The Art of Physical Finesse.

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TEDxKG. Nanba: The Art of Physical Finesse. This is a TEDx talk I did in Japanese, shown here with English subtitles!

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TEDxTrondheim. Restoring Natural Body Movements through Nanba. This is a TEDx talk I did in Trondheim, Norway.

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Tea Ceremony: Soul of Japan. This is a video that we made with one of our students.

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Like many cultures, Japan has a rich native religion called Shinto, which some would call animism. Here I introduce the Oracle Cards for Gods and Goddesses of Japan.

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This video introduces the world of Haiga, or Poetry Painting, in which I show and explain the meaning and process behind a Haiku by Basho.

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This is the first in a Playlist of 10 Videos on Passion Pathways.

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風林火山 (Furin Kazan). Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain. From the book, The Art of War, by Sun Tzu.

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This is the first in a playlist of 4 videos on the Passion Process. Engagement,

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I was the Navigator and did the Calligraphy for a documentary on the Aizu Samurai and their Bushido Code.

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On the grounds of Erinji, a Zen Temple built in the 1500s, I painted the character for 喫茶去 (Kissako), a Zen Parable called "Go and Have a Cup of Tea."

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I received the top Scottish Samurai Taisho Award from Ronnie Watt 9th-dan in Karate and Lord Charles Bruce, and am now listed on the Order of the Scottish Samurai OSS Wall of Fame at https://samurai.scot/wall-of-fame/

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Reviews

My Overall Rating:

(8 Reviews)

Written Reviews I've received:

Maxine Cunningham, CEO of Pick My Brain
May 10, 2021 | Meet Me
Review:

Will took me through a flow assessment that helped me better understand myself and better understand how I could think of my strengths and weaknesses in terms of finding flow and in terms of activating my own team's streng...

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黒瀬 愛
December 21, 2020 | A Taste of Zen: Meet a Japanese Tea Master
Review:

This is Ai Kurose.
Thank you for Reed sensei and Furukawa-roshi.
I had a wonderful time to sharing on yesterday.
I'm looking forward to see you and this event.


Lukáš Adam
November 24, 2020 | A Taste of Zen: Meet a Japanese Tea Master
Review:

I especially appreciate how well-organized Will´s sessions are. There always new things to learn and think about. And thanks to Will´s lead and preparation, the sessions are always productive and have a natural flow, and t...

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Pick My Brain ., Pick My Brain
November 23, 2020 | A Taste of Zen: Meet a Japanese Tea Master
Review:

For today’s lecture and discussion we talked about:

Essence and form.

The importance of learning the rules and breaking the rules.

And how the more you change the more you are the same.

#brilliant


Pick My Brain ., Pick My Brain
November 23, 2020 | A Taste of Zen: Meet a Japanese Tea Master
Review:

For today’s lecture and discussion we talked about:

Essence and form.

The importance of learning the rules and breaking the rules.

And how the more you change the more you are the same.

#brilliant


Maxine Cunningham, CEO of Pick My Brain
November 9, 2020 | A Taste of Zen: Meet a Japanese Tea Master
Review:

Will is a wealth of knowledge, creativity, stories, fables, history, and culture. Every single time I connect with Will - either 1:1 or through one of his events - I am left pondering and thinking about something in a new ...

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Dr Marion Piper, Hell bent on making you FEEL creative
October 20, 2020 | 1 x Japan 48 Oracle Card Reading (FUN)
Review:

My Oracle card session with Will was FANTASTIC. He is so knowledgable about Japanese culture and the Oracle cards were so on point it was scary. Will also recommended some amazing books for me to read about Shinto and shar...

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Maxine Cunningham, CEO of Pick My Brain
May 17, 2020 | Apply To Work With Me
Review:

Will has put his 68 years of living here on earth to work. He has reached mastery in so many areas of his life. If you are seeking to discover a deeper sense of yourself, your purpose, your life, your culture, your body, y...

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