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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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  #215 New 10-23-2006 02:16 PM
More Thoughts from "On the Bag"...10.20.06

Gosh, I love Aikido. I swear, the more I do this art, the more fascinated I become by it. When I consider the "give and take" exchanges we often practice, I cannot help but see the significance in how blurred the line between attacker and defender become.

We have spent so much of the past year (particularly the Summer) interchangeably going between these kind of exchanges and ones in which there are a distinct uke and nage as well as many more blending/sensitivity excercises (ie. Sticky Hands, Blindfolded Randori, push/pull exchanges). So much so that more often than not now, I find my body automatically responding with blending and deflecting actions, even when I am assigned the role of uke.

I can't help but smile at the thought of how this art manages to refine you even when you least expect it. What more for the aggressive individual who starts off hoping to use their learning of the "tricks" of Aikido to defeat others --- only to find that over time, by way of merely performing the movements and their fundamental principles, his own aggression has been "tricked", conditioned into submission instead! What wonderful irony!

Even the principles of good ukemi --- seemingly designed for self-preservation --- can condition one's body over time to blend and absorb incoming force, if you let it (the operative words here). You can thank the human body's muscle memory for that...the words "intelligent design" always come to mind. Simply ingenious.
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