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Much more with it today than I was on Tuesday. We worked on Ryote Dori Nikkyo. It was a great class. Learned about the Nikkyo pin a lot more, and the transitions between stages of the techniques. I worked with Noel, Rick, Nikki and Vaughan. It was a wonderful secession.
While working on the pin Sensei stopped the class and pointed out that we could still pin someone without it hurting them. This he pointed out was not only more compassionate, but in a real world situation would not force the person into survival mode from the pain that a Nikkyo pin could cause. This immediately made sense to me, and I could understand the importance of compassion in Aikido partially as a goal in everything that we undertake, but also as a very martial concept in our bag of tools.
This of course got me to thinking that there is a situation in life that I have felt pressured and somewhat attacked on lately. I realized that this feeling of being attacked had virtually eliminated my compassion for the person involved. Even though the attack is not one of a physical nature, my feeling of being pressed into a corner and feeling a bit pained made me want to take control of the situation with a little more force that would be necessary, not as much force as I have available, but enough to make sure that I was in control of the situation, even at the cost to the other person in the situation. After class I discussed this in even vaguer terms than this in the circle. It was interesting that Sensei said that this is the basis of all of aikido and indeed all martial arts. The knowledge of your ability to control a situation, and what exactly is required to just maintain control with the most compassion for everyone involved.
Interestingly enough one of the next things that he said was that part of it was letting go of the concepts of failure, and control. It definitely touched me on a number of levels and was wonderful.
After class I practiced with Noel for a while working on Ryote Dori Ikkyo, trying to see where my points of non flow were, and how to work with the energy that the Uke has instead of forcing myself through it. This was largely the issue when I was working with Anna the other day. It was frustrating then because I knew that there was something that I was doing that was hindering the flow of energy and there was a lack of my guiding the Uke. So Noel worked on it with me and I understood what it was that I was doing, I was not guiding or cutting with the hand that is on the Uke's wrist. Once I started doing more guiding and more rotating of the elbow it was a lot easier. Noel even said that it felt a lot better than when we had started.