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06-10-2007, 04:06 PM
AikiWeb Poll for the week of June 10, 2007:

Which of the following three shapes resonates the most with your own aikido practice?

I don't do aikido
Circle
Square
Triangle


Here are the current results (http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=381).

mrfeldmeyer
06-12-2007, 07:36 AM
Maybe this is just too much of a physics mind talking, but I feel like we are missing vector or line. When applying forces in certain directions I think of a guided line with an arrow at one end. When practicing aikido I am applying forces (small ones most of the time) in certain directions.

After a few seminars with C. Clark Sensei, I could also see a square (or rectangle) as a fairly solid representative shape. This is due however to the four corners (four legs) created by two people standing together with connection between them. I believe Clark Sensei's metaphor was a table with four legs, and if you lose the support of one of the legs you effect the others.

Matt

roadster
06-12-2007, 08:07 AM
None of the above as I transcend the boundaries of this linier space time continuum. :D

Aiki x
06-13-2007, 07:01 AM
What??

Octagon is the most martial shape!!

Peter Goldsbury
06-13-2007, 08:23 AM
Hello Jun,

I think you need to explain much more clearly what you mean by 'resonate'. I have been training for nearly 40 years now, but I have never been in a situation where a 'shape' 'resonates' with my aikido training.

In my scenario, the other guy is trying to kill me and I have to stop him. What I do afterwards, in terms of aikido as a 'peaceful martial art' is moot. So, after the encounter (which is successful, or I would be dead), I can speculate about the encounter. But what would be the point of further wondering whether my 'resonation' is square, circular or triangular?

As always, best wishes,

George S. Ledyard
06-13-2007, 09:20 AM
AikiWeb Poll for the week of June 10, 2007:

Which of the following three shapes resonates the most with your own aikido practice?

I don't do aikido
Circle
Square
Triangle


Here are the current results (http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=381).

Since these shapes are symbolic representations of states of energy which are fundamentally integrated, it would be silly to even think of things in this manner... no different than saying, "I really like Yin, not so big on that Yang stuff".

Mato-san
06-13-2007, 12:10 PM
Are we restricted to just circles, squares and triangles? I must be doing my kokyu nage wrong it is a little oval like... when I think about it my shihonage is like that too... damn.... my Aikido must be really bad

mathewjgano
06-14-2007, 01:15 PM
Since these shapes are symbolic representations of states of energy which are fundamentally integrated, it would be silly to even think of things in this manner... no different than saying, "I really like Yin, not so big on that Yang stuff".

When I answered, I didn't like picking one shape over another, but I read the question as asking simply if one of these symbolic forms seems to dominate my movements. In a similar way, I've heard people refer to my own sensei as going through phases where his technique was more yin or yang, though of course there should be both at the same time.
Then again, trying to distinguish between a "triangle" emphasized technique and a "circle" one, I'm having some difficulty. So maybe speaking in terms of movements, this question doesn't work as well, but what do you think about the question as refering to a mental emphasis on entery, blending and, projecting? I know for me these three ideas often come to mind, though almost never as "triangle," "circle" and "square."
I dunno...
Take care,
Matt