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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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  #216 New 10-23-2006 03:22 PM

As I watch Sensei, Garry and Jim work on paired sensitivity exchanges, I'm led to ponder just how misleading the idea of control can be in Aikido. It seems that in the process of wishing to regain control of situations that seem beyond it (ie. being attacked), our natural responses to it (ie. struggling) ultimately only result in our allowing our attacker to have control over our body --- they end up leading our aggression instead of it being the other way around.

It must be extremely counterintuitive to some --- like feeling as though by blending and not struggling, one is giving up their control somehow; whereas it is in fact the converse that is true. It is as though by "letting go" of our attackers (in the sense of allowing them to continue along the same aggressive movement as they intended), we are in turn letting go of our own ego and aggression. Very counterintuitive indeed. This in mind, it's no wonder that so many people have difficulty with it.
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