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I absolutely love dreams. The vivid, strange and hyper-real scenes that play out during dreaming are astounding. I've studied lucidity both in waking life and while dreaming and know all about the rewards it can offer one while asleep. I truly believe that lucid dreaming is one of the top ten most exciting things to discover in one's life.
During those lucid moments I've often tried aikido. Sometimes I'm attacked by multiple people, sometimes only one but invariably the excitement of the moment takes over, the lucidity wears off and I lose the connection to real-world physics.
Responses to attacks that started off solid and true to technique begin to take on the bizarre physical properties of dreamscapes.
I usually end up windmilling an attacker around like an olympian hammer thrower and tossing them through the air into buildings, obliterating anything they crash into.
My aikido fades into a wild superhero brawl that even Neo would be jealous of.
I've found that if I relax and stay calm during these moments, I can retain the proper form and technique within the dream for much longer.
It's interesting to me that the goal of an aikido practitioner to remain calm during an assault also applies to the rules within the dreamworld. When you dont, things start to spiral out of control...
...or maybe I'm just looking too deep into it.
I'm feeling the need for more practice but not in the dojo - by donning gloves and headgear and going head to head with another.
When I mentioned this the other night to a fellow student, he remarked about competitiveness and aggression which is not the case. I have no complex to prove or to see how well aikido works against other arts.
I purely want to feel the dynamics of varying attacks. To feel that timing and distance in the heat of a quick or even sloppy fist in the face. Getting hit doesn't bother me...but getting hit due to poor technique, bad timing or improper distance does.
Controlling the attack seems to be the crux of aikido and I want to feel that control in real time outside the 'comfort' of the mat...outside yokomen uchi, shomen uchi and tsuki.
I hate it when I'm caught dead in the middle of a technique...When I cannot complete a technique due to uke's resistance. Sure, I can switch to something different or try and best uke with speed but it just doesn't help me learn.
It's so frustrating and can be embarassing (when sensei walks around and sees me struggling and accomplishing nothing).
I hate it!!!
That being said, I love it when I'm caught dead in the middle of a technique. I love it when I cannot complete a technique due to uke's resistance.
I love getting caught and struggling to find the proper dynamic to complete the technique that sensei demonstrated.
I love that we have sempai in class that don't just fall for you.
It's such a gratifying feeling to overcome through solid aiki.