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i do that so well that it applies to me not only at the physical/technical level, as well as the philosophical, psychological and spiritual level as well.
i've learnt that aikido is not about fighting. several times now. but i keep forgetting that. and then i learn it again. and then i forget.
i've learnt it again today. but i'll probably forget. but before i do that, i better write it down here first. =)
for my own future reference, today's mini-satori contained the image of a small 'slice' of area between the world of fighting and the world of dance. and aikido being both and neither. it was a path that *could* be one or the other, but was also completely unique and separate. it can, and is, a perfectly blissful, satisfying and complete enterprise on its own, but is commonly perceived as either a fighting art or a 'dance', simply because the lack of ability of the perceiver to perceive that special space between.
"the harder one tries to find ki, the more it eludes us. but he who never searches for it, will never find it."
perhaps it is the same in my quest of understanding, conceptualising and attempts to categorise aikido in a neat little box, labeled "martial art". rather than try to see and fit aikido to what we want it to be, perhaps we should see it for what it is.