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Connect with William Reed,

Drawing on the Wisdom and Disciplines of Samurai Culture: Private Instructor for Hire

from Kofu-shi, Japan

Connect with William Reed,

Drawing on the Wisdom and Disciplines of Samurai Culture: Private Instructor for Hire

from Kofu-shi, Japan

Introduction

Headline:

Drawing on the Wisdom and Disciplines of Samurai Culture: Private Instructor for Hire

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

I am the go-to for:

Supporting others in their quest of self mastery.

What I do:

I divide my time between pursuing my own Passion Projects and teaching others how to master the Passion Process, so that they can achieve self-mastery, pledge, pursue, present, and profit from their own Passions, thereby contributing as Entrepreneurs to the Creative Economy.

My Passions revolve around Brush Calligraphy in Japanese Culture, Nanba: the Art of Physical Finesse, Teaching and Learning through Quality Online Education, Teaching others how to pursue their own education, and a revival of learning through books in multiple media formats.

I am dedicated to unfolding the potential self-development through the Liberal Arts of Samurai Culture, through Aikido (Mastery of Mind and Body), Shodo (Mastery of the Brush), IAIDO (Mastery of the Sword), Tea Ceremony (Zen and Japanese Culture), and Nanba (Art of Physical Finesse), all of which I am teaching at College Level and Coaching Online.

Services

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Meet, Greet & Connect with Will

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30 Minute Conversation about Shodo; the way of the brush

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30 Minute Conversation about Anything

$50


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A Taste of Zen: Meet a Japanese Tea Master

$25


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  • 10:00AM, October 31, 2020
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1 x Japan 48 Oracle Card Reading (FUN)

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1 x Private Session on Samurai Secrets for Calm Breathing and Agile Footwork
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$249


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1 x Private Session on Nanba Dynamics (Online)

$249


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MASTERY: The Art of Physical Finesse

$2,999


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Legendary Storytelling: Speaking Your Way to Genius, Passion, Purpose, and Profitability

$4,999


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MASTERY: Samurai Code and Culture

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Master Calligraphy and Kanji Culture

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Custom Commissioned Calligraphy Art (Hand Made or Digitized or Both)

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Offer

My Offer:

Help executives draw on the wisdom and disciplines of Samurai Culture and learn how to apply it in a contemporary context.

My ideal target audience:

Enlightened Executives, Country Managers, Senior Managers who are interested in self-mastery as a key to leadership, with veteran guidance in English customized to your schedule. Artists and Entreprenuers who want special access to practical Samurai wisdom and the process of Mastery. Lifelong learners interested in continuing their education through the Liberal Arts.

Reach out if you want to:

  • Explore your IKIGAI, or reason for being with someone who can effectively help draw it out of you.
  • Draw on more wisdom and disciplines of Samurai Culture and learn how to apply it to your life directly.
  • Be entertained, educated, and inspired.
  • Learn the secrets of how to Master your mind and body.
  • Learn the Art of Physical Finesse.
  • Learn Aikido as a way of life.
  • Learn more about Zen and Japanese culture.
  • Meet and learn from a IAIDO Master of the Japanese Sword.

Feel free to also book a session if you want to ask me about:

What I am currently working on

My day-to-day

My education, training & qualifications

My biggest challenges, successes, failures & lessons learned

How I got to where I am today

What I enjoy most/least about my career

What it is like to live and work in my city

Whose content do I consume regularly

Daily practices, habits, and strategies

Issues I care most about right now and why

My values, beliefs, philosophies and/or political views

About

Why me:

You know how sometimes people expect you to behave a certain way that just doesn't fit you? In the worst case they try to micro-manage your life! You want to improve yourself, but you don't want to lose yourself. In my courses I teach you how to master yourself through self-improvement by your own standards, in pursuit of your own passions, drawing on the wisdom and disciplines of Samurai Culture applied in a contemporary context. The Samurai combined disciplines of Mind-Skill-Body to move from Mystery to Mastery. The movies portray them mostly as Warriors, but they had an equal dedication to Samurai Code and Culture. I have dedicated the past five decades to intensely study the language and culture of Japan, with a particular focus on how we can draw on that practical wisdom in a contemporary context. Through my world I can connect you to their world.

A little bit about myself:

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.

What it’s like to work with me:

On this platform I am seeking one on one relationships whereby I can help empower people with Wisdom, Love, and Vitality through a study of various aspects of Samurai Culture, but focused on how to apply this in a contemporary context.

I am also dedicated to pursuit of Passion Projects, and to the Passion Process. This connects to your sense of IKIGAI (Ee-Key-Guy), your reason for being. The word for Passion in Japanese is combined of characters representing "to run and take hold of" and "to taste". You want something so badly that you can taste it. But you stay with it overtime and it can fuel a fire within you that becomes a Creative Transformation. In the highest sense it is a Mission, the word for which in Japanese is written with the character meaning "Samurai Mind".

It is not enough to simply pursue your Passion. You need to put it on a platform, and learn how to speak about it if you want to gather support, and perhaps transform it into your lifework. I provide a structure so that you know where we are and where we are going. Within this structure is plenty of room to customize and create your own adaptation. It all starts with a conversation to find out how we can best work together.

Fun fact about me:

* I studied Tap Dance for 22 years, and even taught Nanba Tap as an adjunct professor at Japan't leading Conservatory of Music, Toho Gakuen.
* 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 have 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
* Although I mostly work in Japan, I have taught in Korea, Singapore, Bali, the Philippines, South Africa, the United States, Scotland, and the Netherlands.

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Portfolio

Where else you can find and follow me online:

My portfolio:

This is a GOALSCAPE of the Course and Training which I offer on Nanba: The Art of Physical Finesse. It includes physical exercises for Balance and Flow, as well as important Mindshifts, as well as how to apply Nanba in Daily Life through Walking and a Nanba Diary. Video Content and Live Coaching.

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This is a GOALSCAPE of the Course I teach at University called, Samurai Code and Culture. It is an overview of the topics we cover in 15 weeks, and has considerable flexibility for pursuing topics of your own interest. I have decided to offer this Course online outside of the University, to anyone who would like to go deeply into this subject, and find many ways to apply its practical wisdom in a contemporary context.

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This is a description of my Course on NANBA: The Art of Physical Finesse. It describes each of the Sections and Modules of the NANBA 2020 GOALSCAPE.

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TEDxKG. Nanba: The Art of Physical Finesse. This is a TEDx talk I did in Japanese, with English Subtitles. It explains and demonstrates some of the principles of Nanba.

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TEDxTrondheim. Restoring Natural Body Movements through Nanba. This is a TEDx talk I did in Norway. It explains how Nanba is relevant to us in a world rapidly succumbing to automation and forcing us into a sedentary existence.

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Tea Ceremony: Soul of Japan. This is a video that we made with my friend and Zen Tea Master Maeshima (Sousu) Kotaro. Together we have created a program to enable people to experience this world in English, in varying levels of depth, from informal conversations with the Tea Master, to Monthly Membership, to Zen Sessions with a Zen Master at Erinji Temple, to opportunities to explore Zen and Samurai themes through Calligraphy while drinking Japanese Tea, to VIP Sessions limited to a few people, to large scale global events where the proceeds are donated to Sustainability Development Goals that connect to themes in the Tea Ceremony.

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Like many cultures, Japan has a rich native religion called Shinto, which some would call more of a Way of Life. It is woven into the fabric of life here, with more Shrines than convenience stores, and Shinto rituals appearing everywhere from formal wedding and purification ceremonies, to customs like cleansing your hands and bowing before entering a new space. Japanese believe, or rather sense that there is a living spirit in everything, and that it all originates from a universal source of energy.

In this video I interview Yuriko Ohno (author) and her daughter Mai Denali (illustrator http://denali331.com) of an amazing product called Gods & Goddesses of Japan 48 Oracle Cards. These are no ordinary cards for fortune telling. First of all they are beautifully illustrated by Mai's artwork, and inspired by Yuriko's intuitive sense and research into the Gods & Goddesses of Japan, which included visits to many of the Shrines where these spirits are enshrined. Although she is very knowledgable, you sense, and she professes that it is not about knowledge so much as your ability to make a visual and intuitive connection to the energy represented by the spirit, and regardless of your geographical location or cultural orientation, you can still derive inspiration and ideas from these cards.

In my experience, which I share in this video, it goes even deeper. These cards have an uncanny ability to alert you to synchronicities, and to what Deepak Chopra calls SynchroDestinies, extraordinary and meaningful coincidences which seem to increase the more you recognize and appreciate them. I have been using these cards on a daily basis, and in my journal I have documented hundreds of extraordinary Serendipitous experiences. I share a few of them in this video, but they could easily fill a book.

The 48 cards also come with a booklet that explains each Card in 2 short pages, and instantly helps you to get perspective on what the card might mean for you in regard to your question or situation. Moreover, the message is always puts a positive perspective on it, which is quite energizing in itself.

I plan to have her back as a guest, and I will combine it with some of my coaching services to provide a unique path to Serendipity that may be in the Cards for You as you learn to see, interpret, and live your life from the starting point of optimism, energy, and connection to nature.

Gods & Goddesses of Japan 48 Oracle Cards

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This video introduces the world of Haiga, or Poetry Painting, in which I show and explain a Haiga I painted of Bashio's famous Haiku, Monkey' Raincoat, and show how Haiku can be enjoyed as a window on nature to open the doors of perception. It is also something that we get into in Nanba, in connecting with Nature and exploring your world.

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This is the first in a playlist of 4 videos on the Passion Process. Engagement, Timing, LUCK, and Serendipity, which explains some of the elements in the process that I teach to pledge, pursue, present, and profit from your passions.

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This is the first in a Playlist of 10 Videos on Passion Pathways, in which I introduce various ways to enter the Passion Process.

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風林火山 (Furin Kazan). Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain. From the book, The Art of War, by Sun Tzu. It is the title of a poem that reads,

Swift as the Wind
Still as the Forest
Invasive as Fire
Immovable as the Mountain

It was also the strategy of the Samurai Takeda Shingen, the Lord that ruled over the area where I now live in the 1500s.

I took this photo not twenty minutes by car from where I live, and the altitude is so high that you are at eye level with the Unkai, the Sea of Clouds that descends on the mountains at dusk.

I also painted the calligraphy and superimposed a scan of my calligraphy on to the photo to make a poster.

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On the grounds of Erinji, a Zen Temple built in the 1500s, I painted the characters for 喫茶去 (Kissako), meaning "Have a cup of tea." This is a Zen story of a young monk who visits a Zen Temple in China, and when he meets the Master he is asked, "Have you been here before?"

"No Master, this is my first time." The Master responded, "Have a Cup of Tea."

Shortly thereafter an experienced veteran monk appeared, and the Master asked him the same question, to which the monk replied, "Yes Master, I have been studying with you for years." The Master responded, "Have a Cup of Tea."

One of the Zen Masters students observing these two conversations asked the Master, "Why do you ask the same question and give the same answer to both?" The Master responded, "Have a Cup of Tea."

The interpretation of the story is that regardless of your experience, we should all start with the fundamentals. "Have a Cup of Tea" is the best place to start, and also gives the Master an opportunity to know the mind of he monk.

The Calligraphy which I painted on this day has been framed, and is now on permanent display at the Temple, and I have done public talks on that theme with the Zen Master of Erinji.

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I was the Navigator and did the Calligraphy for a documentary on the Aizu Samurai at the end of the Samurai Era. This was featured in both English and Japanese, and was aired on The History Channel.

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I received the Scottish Samurai Great Shogun Award from Ronnie Watt 9th-dan in Karate, and Lord Charles Bruce, descendent of the First King of Scotland.

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Reviews

My Overall Rating:

(2 Reviews)

Written Reviews I've received:

Dr Marion Piper, Copy // Creativity // Spirituality // PhD
October 20, 2020 | 1 x Japan 48 Oracle Card Reading (FUN)
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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
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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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