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So this morning (Sunday), I was at the park with Sensei and another senior student, for a "study group". Both of them are studying Kyu Shu (spelling?) and get together to practice outside of class once a month. They invited me (YES , another opportunity to train!) so there I am, too. It's very interesting, and adds another layer on Aikido in terms of atemi and precision in blending and directing energy.
At the end of our session, I managed to end up face down in the grass, basically pinned, unbeknownst to us, my right hand smack on top of an ant's nest. Hmmm, I thought, the grass is itchier than ususal, I look over and my hand is covered.
So as I was driving home with my hand shoved into a large carryout cup filled with ice , I was thinking about WHY do I do this. Not really doubting my own commitment, but wondering how I can possibly explain why to someone else.
I don't expect that I will ever run into a situation where I need MA to survive. I mean, it could happen, but physical conflict isn't part of my job, as it would be for a police officer, for example. There are many reasons why I am addicted to Aikido, but the reason that supplies the most drive to my commitment is that I find a reflection of my spiritual life in the physical discipline of Aikido.
And that led me to start thinking about the idea of martial intent. We'd been talking about that a lot this morning, because many of the pressure points we'd been practicing stri
It's odd to be a senior student while I still haven't earned any rank in my new dojo. We have a new crop of students, most of whom have n MA experience at all.
Class was very satisfying in one sense: Sensei used me as demo uke. And there was even another black belt in the class. WOW, I am still sore. But I feel good in that I think my ukemi is continuing to improve. It was really fun to be tossed around (you know you're an aikido addict when you bounce up and say "do it again, do it again!") I'm trying to track down the name of the last technique we studied : two hand grab, tenkon, lead low, then circle arm counter-wise, give uke a bit of support with free hand in small of back then take it away and arimi with another piviot (pivot on front, kick back foot back and around). Sweet. Very fun one that.
On the other hand I had to deal with alot of plain noodles. Noodle arms are impossible to do static starts with. I've been more threatened by static cling... The new students... well no energy to work with. Plus I suspect two of the new men were avoiding partnering with me. Well, I'll give them the benifit of the doubt. I'll be sure to plop down next to them tonight.
Last week I did my favorite trick of failing to move, and sure enough, the punch to the "face" landed about a foot left of my left shoulder and about 6 inches short. Ah I love messing with their pointy heads. Com'on HIT ME!