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But Why? Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 09-18-2006 02:15 PM
Erick Mead
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In General Big Balls O' Aiki Water & Fire Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #10 New 02-25-2011 05:34 PM
Now With Balloon Animals !

(seriously, keep reading)

(With due apologies on the title to Angus Young and Jerry Lee Lewis, respectively)

I am a firm believer in the Eastern approach of encapsulating complex observations into concrete images. But i also value the Western approach of analysis of concrete observations to find generalized principles of behavior. I believe they work far better in concert than does either one alone. Too few try to draw out the connections more rigorously and imaginatively. Both are required, I find.

This discussion, with props to Mr. Campbell, below, flows from this diagram I prepared and now christen as

Big Balls O' Aiki Water & Fire:

I have for some time used (here) a typical mechanics textbook illustration of torsional shear, shown on a cylinder, with those right-angle spirals of opposite stress. Then I realized that the issue of discontinuities in the body, their creation and resolution, controlled a great deal of the concerns on this issue. Then I recalled the "spherical" language used by both M. Ueshiba and K. Ueshiba. I also recalled that M. Ueshiba used the images of fire (upward flow or extension ) and water (downward flow or compression). So, I drew my own spherical model of the same stresses to see what it might reveal. It has revealed a more coherent dynamic that I did not suspect before I thought about this model.

Thomas Campbell wrote: View Post
I will venture that it is an interesting comp
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