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i'm elaborating out-loud on a random idea i had about aikido as compared to other MAs:-
in the stereotypical fighting arts, it's usually a game of addition and subtraction. hypothetically, if fighter 'A' goes against fighter 'B', we can simply calculate all the factors involved within each fighter and see which sum comes up bigger.
'A' vs. 'B'
= [A] - [b]
= [strength+speed+skills+...] - [strength+speed+skills+...]
if 'A' > 'B' at any one time, then 'A' wins; and vice-versa.
thus, if you were training within these parameters, you would try your continuously increase the value of these factors, or in some cases, trying to maintain it. however, the problem starts because eventually there will be someone who is bigger, stronger, faster... and yes, simply younger. whatever we do, we cannot fight the effect of age...
in aikido however, i reckon that it doesn't work the same way 'mathematically'. i propose that rather than it being a game of addition and subtraction, it becomes a matter of multiplication.
'C' attacks 'D' (aikidoka)
= [C] x [D]
= [strength+speed+skills+...] x [aiki ability+...]
usually an aikido beginner would normally get whooped by 'C', because they are not only using the wrong formula (i.e. fighting the wrong fight), but also that the value of the 'aiki ability' is still paradoxically too large (using too much strength, forcing the technique etc.), causing 'C' to overwhelm 'D' if 'D' tries to fight 'C' by simple subtraction.
however, as the aikidoka improves, and the finesse and the ability to 'blend' increases and so forth, the value of 'aiki ability' becomes so small, and the end value of 'C' x 'D' becomes smaller and smaller as the 'aiki ability' becomes nearer and nearer to zero (e.g. 100 x 2 = 200; 100 x 0.2 = 20; 100 x 0.02 = 2; 100 x 0.002 = 0.2...)
i propose that when takemusu aiki occurs, at that very moment, the value of 'D' becomes nought, and the sum value becomes null (i.e. n x 0 = 0) - and everyone is suddenly one with the universe.