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Ki development is important because without it, Aikido is just a bunch of techniques that will only work with cooperative ukes.
Ki (also known as mind, body co-ordination) includes the connection with the now that allows us to react to what is happening with the appropriate response for that particular attack.
Co-ordination of mind and body allows us to be at our best, utilizing all the information at hand and responding with clarity to keep ourselves as safe as possible while causing the least possible harm.
The response to an attack is hidden in the circumstances and will be revealed with careful attention to the "Now".
The "Now" is discovered by have your mind and body integrated. Mind, body co-ordination is noticed and nurtured through ki development.
At Berkshire Hills Aikido, ki development is incorporated into all aspects of training. We do special exercises and testing to help us develop basic centering and more advanced correct feeling. And every movement on the mat and in life provides limitless opportunities to maintain correct feeling.
When it is lost, as it often will be, we just notice and then get it back as soon as we can without recrimination of ourselves and without blaming the stimulus that caused us to lose it.
This practice of having the return of mind and body co-ordination be our goal lets us release the victim stories and return to the process of training. All experiences can be perceived as gifts that allow us to see our reactions and our responses. Ki development on the mat provides us with an alphabet so we can rewrite our lives in a calmer, less reactionary way. We can look at the real causes of discomfort in ourselves which are most often historical.
Ki development contributes to peacefulness on the planet by starting with the only thing we can really change: ourselves