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Creation Date: 10-26-2009 05:06 PM
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  #11 New 11-09-2010 11:48 PM
"learn and forget". "learn and forget".

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.

learn and forget. learn and forget.

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RSS Feed 7 Responses to "aikido is not about fighting"
#7 01-09-2012 09:09 AM
Imo Says:
Well aikido is supposed to help surpass nuisances of the ego, so it is about fighting. When confronted with conflict you will raise the questions of who's stronger/better. By confronting this egotistic ideas you can go past them. And I disagree about it being primarily for self defense. I think it serves to help us learn to face conflict with composure and to respond to it with spontaneity and ease.
#6 11-29-2010 03:03 AM
osaya Says:
huston276: yes, i've been known to be a bit of a tease at times.
#5 11-22-2010 06:00 PM
huston276 Says:
"aikido is not about fighting" is sure a teaser. I flinch when I hear Aikido compared to dance. Also, when I hear that Aikido is not about fighting, without proper qualification. Aikido is PRIMARILY a martial art, not designed for fighting, but for true self defense. Enlightenment and all the other good stuff are the luxury that morally sound self defense allows.
#4 11-16-2010 01:10 AM
osaya Says:
carina: ah yes, always easier said than done. although i would consciously try to 'empty my cup', i notice that my ego keeps kicking in and i'd start comparing techniques/styles etc., which blocks me from learning as much as i possibly could from the sensei who was leading the class. it's an ongoing battle hey? masakatsu agatsu.
#3 11-16-2010 01:10 AM
osaya Says:
niall: the benefit of having poor memory is that you don't have to deliberately forget anything.. it just happens! and thanks for the suggestion of having separate posts for the other topics... perhaps when i get more inspiration...
#2 11-14-2010 11:03 AM
guest1234567 Says:
In my last seminar,the sensei of my teacher told me I always should forget, empty the cup and take new information. This learn and forget is good idea, just flow.. your body knows how to react without thinking
#1 11-10-2010 08:15 PM
niall Says:
I like this idea and I think it's important. For example Picasso had to go through formal training and then deliberately(?) forgot it as he developed his own vision. Fighting/dance and categorizing aikido might even be worth separate posts of their own...? Regards, Niall

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