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Aikido as Transactional Analysis on an bigger level? Sensei was speaking about how we use Aikido and our practice, not to be angry, nor fearfull, but compassionate in our practice, and that if we come into a situation with either Anger or Fear, we will tend to hurt the other person, or be hurt ourselves. It is only through the compassionate middle, that we can tell what the other persons energy is and what they need…This is part of understanding the energy of the uke. Feeling what they need, and making sure that they get it, and that you are safe, and that they are safe. This reminded me of TA in that you have to come from Compassion (Adult), not from Fear (Child) or Anger (Parent).
Asked Rick to be Uke for my test at the end of May.
Rick and I went through a complete practice test at the end of class. We had to get some input on the correct blending technique for Gyakute Dori Ikkyo Ki no Nagare, but once we got that figured out we seemed to do well. Ricks Ukemi is great, makes me feel like I really know what I am doing even when I don't. At the end of the practice test, Rick said that I would definitely have passed, and Julia whom I had not noticed watching from the sidelines clapped. It felt good and confidence boosting to have both of the them think that I had done well.