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Actually, this is something I wrote some time ago, when I started a kind of "Aikido diary", so I thought I might as well copy it here:
Tuesday, April 4th, 2000:
There are two types of energy. There is the 'upper' energies that move around us, these are called 'male' energies. They are very strong, but unstable and hard to control. If we use this energy, it gives us alot of 'strength' ('energy'), but we are not stable and easy to take off balance.
The other type is the 'lower' energies, the 'female' ones. These energies are also strong but very stable, 'warm', controled.
One should always try to base their use of energies on the 'lower' ones.
By doing so, their standing posture will be stronger, more balanced and their movements easy, relaxed, yet very powerful.
Useing 'upper' energies is when, in order to achieve something, we push our energy through the upper part of our bodies. As if we try to raise the 'Tanden' above our waist line and so we become unbalanced.
Useing 'lower' energies is when energy is gathered from the ground, through the feet, giving a stable posture of standing and the energies around our legs and abdomen, which are 'slower' moving energies, 'feed' into our movements.
Maybe these differences have to do with the feeling that we absourb energy mostly with our feet (from the ground)- but not only!
And most of our release of energy is through our hands and finger tips.
I think that energy can be 'taken' and 'given' with any part of our body, but maybe this is of some kind of movement of energy, as a majority.
In other words, enteries and exits, taking and giving- of energy, is possible with every part of our body. But maybe 'gathering/ taking' of energy through the legs and 'giving' it through the hands is the best possible route of energy movement within us, especially in training.