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just got back from a 3-day workshop with William Gleason Sensei, who crammed in a lot of introductory work on IP/aiki and how it applies in aikido as we know it.
FINALLY... all the stuff people have been talking on and on about on the aikiweb forums make sense now. *phew*. i now have to go through all the stuff on IP/aiki over that's been talked about here to see what stuff i've missed when i first read it through with an uninitiated mind.
i wonder what it was like for the other aikido practitioners who were planning to attend a regular aikido gasshuku and suddenly be introduced to the IP/aiki stuff. Sensei raised stuff that were very heretical and unorthodox, yet in a way, kept true[r] to the spirit of aikido.
more importantly, Sensei was mingling all over the mat demonstrating directly with participants rather than using only one uke for the whole workshop. i had the privilege of being his uke several times, and got to feel him directly--which makes A LOT of difference then just watching it from far. AGAIN, now it makes so much more sense why people in the forums keep saying that "it has to be felt". having felt it now myself, yup--i would say that it does.
this is all still extremely fresh to me, and i've got tons of stuff to digest mentally, and work on physically. this is yet another paradigm shift for me, but as i've been somewhat nomadic in my training, i'm no stranger to making room for seemingly contradictory training principles... i find that eventually they all come to comfortable meeting point, but at this point in time, the IP/aiki work does seem tricky to incorporate into my regular aikido training, but more particularly so with Systema, which seemingly utilise explicitly orthogonal principles to IP/aiki work... i plan to compartmentalise my training with both a bit more clearly now, but with the hopes of integrating both eventually--fingers crossed.
alrighty then... here is where the work begins! osu!