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We are MISOGI DOGI

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We are MISOGI DOGI

MISOGI DOGI is the project of a team of passionate martial art practitioners from Switzerland, Netherlands and Germany. Aikido practitioners and sustainability experts Lucile Barras and Amber Vriends started an ongoing journey to discover ways to create an aikido-gi fully in line with the budo spirit of purity and respect. Our adventure has led us to making plenty of exciting discoveries on a wide range of topics such as O-Sensei’s spiritual teachings and the world of textiles. We have explored a new creative design, visited cotton mills and manufacturers, listened to the experience and ideas of many fellow aikidoka and teachers… there is still a lot to discover.

Together with European karate champion Marko Marffy, we are also developing karate uniforms in line with our philosophy. And thanks to our aikido fellow and creative director David Oreiro, you can enjoy beautiful graphics, pictures and films on this website and our further communication material.

MISOGI DOGI is currently producing its initial batch of dogis. After a successful preorder campaign in winter 2016/17, we aim to have our first pure dogis step onto the mat in summer 2017. Please note however, that setting up a new business is an adventure full of surprises. Our plans have often been delayed and might get delayed again. We accept this as another form of misogi. – Thank you for your patience.

Be part of the MISOGI DOGI adventure!

Mission

According to aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba, misogi is at the heart of aikido. Misogi is a Shinto purification practice opening the path to inner and universal harmony.

We believe the budo spirit is meant to be applied beyond the tatami, encompassing all human relationships and our impact on the environment. MISOGI DOGI’s first project is to develop pure uniforms.

These will be made with respect for the environment and workers: made from organic cotton and made fair-trade in Europe. Soon, you can wear MISOGI DOGI uniforms and fully immerse yourself in budo spirit.

Create each day anew by clothing yourself with Heaven and Earth,
bathing yourself with Wisdom and Love,
and placing yourself in the Heart of Mother Nature.

Ueshiba Morihei

Misogi

At the Heart of Aikido

To Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, misogi was at the heart of aikido. Misogi is an ancient Japanese practice that is focused on purification. Its purpose is to cleanse you of all accumulated defilements. By doing so, you can reestablish a harmonious relationship with yourself and everything around you.

A misogi ritual can be performed in different ways: The approach that is best known, is misogi through exposing the body to ice-cold water. A person typically immerses him or herself in a lake, waterfall or the sea. In Japan every year many people take pilgrimages to sacred bodies of water to perform misogi. Other forms consist of chanting and misogi jo, or cleaning the inner organs and mind with deep, regenerating breaths.

After performing misogi properly, you enter sumikiri – a state of pure clarity of body and mind. It is said that in this condition your heart is as bright and clear as a cloudless sky, untainted by obstructive thoughts or worldly concerns.

To Morihei Ueshiba, purifying body and spirit is part of the Way of Harmony and helps aikido students to establish harmonious ways of being, to develop one’s Ki, as well as to achieve peace and calmness within. He put it this way:

Misogi is a washing away of all defilements, a removal of all obstacles, a separation from disorder, an abstention from negative thought, a radiant state of unadorned purity, the accomplishment of all things, a condition of lofty virtue, and a spotless environment. In misogi one returns to the very beginning, where there is no differentiation between oneself and the universe.

Morihei Ueshiba

Find further misogi related experience on our blog

Attitude

The following 6 principles guide our action

Quality & Design

Quality & Design

MISOGI DOGI uniforms will meet highest quality standards to ensure a long-lasting durability and comfortable fit.


Organic & Healthy

Organic & Healthy

MISOGI DOGI uniforms will be organic: made from natural resources, without hazardous chemicals, for a sound environment and good health.


Fair Trade

Fair Trade

MISOGI DOGI puts a special emphasis on fair labour conditions all along the supply chain.


Climate Friendly

Climate Friendly

MISOGI DOGI strives at minimizing its carbon emissions effectively and efficiently. The first step is already done: this website and our offices are running on renewable energies.


Transparent

Transparent

Every product has a history. MISOGI DOGI strives for transparency about the origin and production methods of all its products.


Together

Together

MISOGI DOGI is a European brand founded by budo practitioners for budo practitioners. We invite you to an open exchange of ideas and feedback.

While we cannot promise that our uniforms will meet all these expectations from the very beginning, these are the goals and principles that guide us. We work in a pragmatic, step-by-step way and expect an adventure full of challenges.

You can follow our journey on our blog

Team

MISOGI DOGI consists of a team of passionate aikido and karate practitioners from Switzerland, Netherlands and Germany, deeply grateful for receiving support of a diverse international martial arts’ community.

Lucile Barras

Founder

Lucile Barras

Founder

Entrepreneur • Environmentalist • AikidokaPracticing aikido since 1998 • spent an exchange year in Tanabe, Japan • speaks French, German, English & Japanese • based in Berlin and Zürich • Email: lucile.barras@misogidogi.com • Skype: lucilebarras

Jascha Kornecki

Team

Jascha Kornecki

Team

Aikidoka • Cultural Scientist & Textual ScholarshipPracticing Aikido since 1997 • speaks German, English & French • based in Berlin • Email: team@misogidogi.com

David Oreiro

Creative Director

David Oreiro

Creative Director

Entrepreneur • Creative Director • AikidokaFounder and Creative Director of Advertisement Agency Sichtfeld • practicing aikido since 2005 • speaks German, Spanish and English • based in Solothurn

Marko Marffy

Karate

Marko Marffy

Karate

Entrepreneur • Chief Karate InstructorFounder of Maru Dojo in Bern and of Enso Shop • European Karate Champion • practicing karate-do since 1989 and kobudo since 2003 • spent a year in Okinawa • speaks German and English • based in Bern

Let’s train together! Join our team!

Partners

Our journey so far wouldn’t have been possible without the support by many friends and partners. We are deeply thankful to those who contributed with generosity, heart and expertise to the development of MISOGI DOGI.

Misogi Dogi

SPECIAL THANKS

Anna Perrottet, Anton de Wit, the Barras family, Bernhard Koppenborg, Björn Buri, Burga Fillery, Corine van Sonsbeek, the Durut family, Etsuko Fukuhara, Fridolin Schuster, Goro Watanabe, Jan Noordijk, Jascha Kornecki, Jochen Knau, Jonathan Leupert, Lisa Beck, Markus Wohler, Minami Iida, Rene Habraken, Sandra Delpierre, Todd Grimason, Thorsten Harms, Till Heinritz, Vikor Hörig and many many more!

ARIGATOU GOZAIMASU!