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Attack your opponent
Attack them so that they feel injured even before contact
Leave no doubt that they will be hit
Sincerity of attack is important in the learning process. It offers lessons equally important for nage and uke. With a sincere attack, nage learns the value of moving their entire body. Techniques can't be forced, and so just using your arms is very self-defeating. Someone will be stronger than you.
Uke also learns by giving a sincere attack. This might dive a bit more into the yin/yang of everything, however. Nage's lesson was very physical in nature, learning how to move the entire body, becoming part of the attack instead of resisting it, blending in the same direction, not relying on physical strength but rather the momentum of the attack. The counter side of that lesson is the philosophical aspect, this is what uke learns. The more sincere uke's attack, the better the technique will be. Ultimately, this will send uke flying courtesy of Aiki Airlines. So, if you isolate the act of attacking someone, this is creating imbalance. Uke really just needs to learn to calm down and stop attacking people!!!
This two month forced break from Aikido already has me wondering about what technique I will do when I get back on the mat. Since it was sankyo and kotegaeshi that likely took me off the mat, I will probably avoid those techniques with the same enthusiasm that I avoid running barefoot over a bed of nails with scissors in both hands.
It's been about two weeks already but I think this break will be good. It's really forcing me to think about the way I practice and what got me into this spot in the first place.
Sensei is constantly reminding everyone to give sincere attacks and to be honest when attacking nage. At the same time, he admonishes the idea of using brute force against a technique. I'm going to explore the difference in my next few posts. Stay tuned...