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Mike Sigman 08-04-2011 08:44 PM

"Internal Strength" versus Aikido Speak
 
Just as an observation: A lot of the talk about "Internal Strength" and "Aiki", etc., appears sort of new and exotic to a lot of Aikidoists, but I noticed in "This is Aikido" and other early publications, there was a lot of discussion about "ki strength", "kokyu", and so on. They were talking about the same thing.

In a lot of Asian martial arts it's been my experience that many westerners get confused by what appears to be different terms and think therefore it must be different topics. In many cases, as Shioda noted, they're talking about the same thing but with "different names". And often, when done correctly, there appears to be very different training methodologies when in fact all that is often seen (in correct training) is simply a different attempt to explain the same physical principle. What goes wrong is when someone grabs the buzzwords and attaches their own meaning to it; hence my caveat about 'when done correctly' (not to be confused with 'when done strongly enough to kick your butt', which is what basically hamstrung much of American and European Taiji).

FWIW

Mike Sigman

mathewjgano 08-05-2011 10:56 PM

Re: "Internal Strength" versus Aikido Speak
 
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Mike Sigman wrote: (Post 289543)
Just as an observation: A lot of the talk about "Internal Strength" and "Aiki", etc., appears sort of new and exotic to a lot of Aikidoists, but I noticed in "This is Aikido" and other early publications, there was a lot of discussion about "ki strength", "kokyu", and so on. They were talking about the same thing.

In a lot of Asian martial arts it's been my experience that many westerners get confused by what appears to be different terms and think therefore it must be different topics. In many cases, as Shioda noted, they're talking about the same thing but with "different names". And often, when done correctly, there appears to be very different training methodologies when in fact all that is often seen (in correct training) is simply a different attempt to explain the same physical principle. What goes wrong is when someone grabs the buzzwords and attaches their own meaning to it; hence my caveat about 'when done correctly' (not to be confused with 'when done strongly enough to kick your butt', which is what basically hamstrung much of American and European Taiji).

FWIW

Mike Sigman

Therein lies the difficulty of describing the objective reality from our subjective perspective. Add to that the fact (I believe) that many (if not most) people take language for granted and it's no wonder we must sift through a huge pile of...er...hay, to find those valuable needles.
The problem with buzzwords is intrinsic to the problem of learning: how can one help but apply their own meaning (i.e. understanding)? The problem isn't that so much as the disregard for new information; the assumption that, "oh I got it now." The answer, as I see it, is Beginner Mind...or, put in more traditional terms, humility. On a side note this reminds me of a study I recently heard about in which Americans fell short in every aptitude (relatively speaking) except in self-confidence...which doesn't bode well for telling me and my fellow countrymen we're lacking in some way.
:D ...and now to put my rose-colored glasses back on and feed the baby!
Take care,
Matt

dps 08-06-2011 10:30 AM

Re: "Internal Strength" versus Aikido Speak
 
Quote:

Mike Sigman wrote: (Post 289543)
Just as an observation: A lot of the talk about "Internal Strength" and "Aiki", etc., appears sort of new and exotic to a lot of Aikidoists, but I noticed in "This is Aikido" and other early publications, there was a lot of discussion about "ki strength", "kokyu", and so on. They were talking about the same thing.

In a lot of Asian martial arts it's been my experience that many westerners get confused by what appears to be different terms and think therefore it must be different topics. In many cases, as Shioda noted, they're talking about the same thing but with "different names". And often, when done correctly, there appears to be very different training methodologies when in fact all that is often seen (in correct training) is simply a different attempt to explain the same physical principle. What goes wrong is when someone grabs the buzzwords and attaches their own meaning to it; hence my caveat about 'when done correctly' (not to be confused with 'when done strongly enough to kick your butt', which is what basically hamstrung much of American and European Taiji).

FWIW

Mike Sigman

Such is the case in all endeavors in life and the largest impediment
in communications between people.

dps

Aikibu 08-06-2011 12:27 PM

Re: "Internal Strength" versus Aikido Speak
 
Good Ol' Pathos,Ethos, and Logos...befuddling folks "explanations" since the dawn of civilization...:)

William Hazen

Erick Mead 08-07-2011 11:36 AM

Re: "Internal Strength" versus Aikido Speak
 
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William Hazen wrote: (Post 289654)
Good Ol' Pathos,Ethos, and Logos...befuddling folks "explanations" since the dawn of civilization...:)
William Hazen

No, no no, ... it was Porthos, Athos and Aramis ...

Sheesh.

Aikibu 08-07-2011 11:48 AM

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Erick Mead wrote: (Post 289718)
No, no no, ... it was Porthos, Athos and Aramis ...

Sheesh.

LOL. :)

dps 08-07-2011 12:01 PM

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Erick Mead wrote: (Post 289718)
No, no no, ... it was Porthos, Athos and Aramis ...

Sheesh.

http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Porthos

dps

mathewjgano 08-07-2011 12:27 PM

Re: "Internal Strength" versus Aikido Speak
 
Quote:

Erick Mead wrote: (Post 289718)
No, no no, ... it was Porthos, Athos and Aramis ...

Sheesh.

:D
Great minds think alike! I almost wrote the same thing (reading the series right now).

HL1978 08-08-2011 07:03 AM

Re: "Internal Strength" versus Aikido Speak
 
This sounds like a great opportunity to define Internal Strength terms in aiki speak and vice versa. Would be a great opportunity to have a reference post or "sticky thread".

Mike Sigman 08-08-2011 09:09 AM

Re: "Internal Strength" versus Aikido Speak
 
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Hunter Lonsberry wrote: (Post 289758)
This sounds like a great opportunity to define Internal Strength terms in aiki speak and vice versa. Would be a great opportunity to have a reference post or "sticky thread".

As I've noted elsewhere, the term "internal strength" comes almost directly from "neijin". Of course there are numerous ways to train "internally", hence a term like "Neigong" ("internal exercise"). But neigongs are really a subset of "qigongs" ("qi-developing exercises"), which you'll hear sometimes in Japanese as "Kiko".

"Kokyu" seems to be a more widely used term than just in Aikido because there are a few different other Japanese styles now offering videos on "Kokyu" and it seems doubtful that a number of unrelated styles got their information from Ueshiba, Takeda, etc. Ushiro Sensei seemed to use the term "Kokyu" often in as general a way as "Aiki" is being used by some people today.

BTW, internal strength is shown/demonstrated in a number of generally accepted ways in China. I listed them at least twice in posts in the past.

2 cents.

Mike Sigman

PhillyKiAikido 08-10-2011 10:44 AM

Re: "Internal Strength" versus Aikido Speak
 
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Mike Sigman wrote: (Post 289543)
Just as an observation: A lot of the talk about "Internal Strength" and "Aiki", etc., appears sort of new and exotic to a lot of Aikidoists, but I noticed in "This is Aikido" and other early publications, there was a lot of discussion about "ki strength", "kokyu", and so on. They were talking about the same thing.

Good post, Mike. It's easy to tell that you're always thinking and studying with a humble heart. The more I studied Ki, the more I found that they were talking about the same thing.


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