09-06-2011, 07:14 AM
It was early 2008 when Timothy WK introduced 'internal-aiki.com'
Following is an excerpt from his posting.
Over the last few years, a fascinating discussion has developed in the aiki community about the very nature of "aiki" itself. This discussion has linked the mysterious power of such greats as Sokaku Takeda, Morihei Ueshiba, Horikawa Kodo, and Yukiyoshi Sagawa with the type of "internal" body mechanics typically associated with Chinese arts such as Tai Chi Chuan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang. Though this idea was initially received with a fair amount of skepticism, an increasing number of practitioners are coming to view these body skills as the critical missing link between today's aiki practice and the much-sought-after abilities of our aiki forefathers.
As such, I believe the discussion has entered a new stage. No longer must proponents always argue for the existence of these abilities, or explain how these body mechanics differ from those the general public is familiar with. Rather, there is a growing movement among students of the aiki arts to seek out individuals who can demonstrate these abilities, and when possible, to begin training in them as well.
But despite the excitement surrounding this movement, the task to acquire these skills have been difficult for many. Due to the unfortunate rarity of qualified teachers, many individuals are forced to train at a distance, meeting up with teachers at seminars or on a personal basis a few times a year. But even when individuals are able to find experts in their own local area, many times these teachers are practitioners of non-aiki arts, leaving the individual with the task of incorporating these newly-learned skills and training methods into their pre-existing aiki-curriculum.
So with this all in mind, I have opened Internal Aiki. I hope it can be a place where those studying internal skills can discuss their training experiences, and where curious individuals can receive quality information on this type of practice.
Personally I'm not a skilled internal artist but just a novice student. At least I can contribute by serving some place to discuss about aiki.
So please feel free to drop by my new forum and share your idea about internal aspects of aikido to be a better aikidoka. :)
ps. There are some simple rules.. btw.
1. No Philosophy or Spritual things (ex. peace&love)
2. No unproductive debate (ex. internal/external/physical/etc..)
3. Respect other members
09-06-2011, 08:59 AM
I always found it odd when a person advertises a forum on a forum. Particularly when the original forum seems perfectly capable of hosting the types of discussions the advertised forum is intended for. I'll admit, I'm not particularly interested in all the aiki debate, but from the threads I've perused there already seems to be healthy discussion occurring here on Aikiweb. Another forum seems a bit redundant?
If it takes the sound and fury and eternal thread-hijacking away from Aikiweb, I'm all in favor.