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AikiWeb System 05-18-2006 10:54 AM

Article: Creating Internal Resources by Lynn Seiser
 
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Article URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/columns/lseiser/2006_05.html

JudyRinger 05-23-2006 09:02 AM

Re: Article: Creating Internal Resources by Lynn Seiser
 
Lynn -- I very much enjoyed your article on internal resources. As the chief instructor of a dojo in Portsmouth, NH, I am often in the position of suggesting that my students relax. I also try to help my tense partners relax when I'm not teaching but practicing. I'm always looking for new ways to teach and to maintain an energized relaxed state myself, and your article brought to mind a revelation I had recently that has turned into a new internal practice.

The more I train, the more I notice that tension is contagious. When my partner is tense, I become tense, and when I'm tense, I'm sure my partner "catches" it. So lately, instead of telling my partner to relax, I move the focus to my own body and begin to notice where the tension is. With practice, I am able to detect more subtle areas of tension and relax them. The more I utilize this internal resource, the more relaxed I become, and -- big surprise -- so does my partner. At the same time, I comprehend the depth of the connection between us. I see that it only takes one of us to make a change that both of us experience, and I wonder whether our newfound relaxation might radiate out to the rest of the dojo.

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts. Good ki!

Judy Ringer
www.judyringer.com

SeiserL 05-23-2006 11:02 AM

Re: Article: Creating Internal Resources by Lynn Seiser
 
Judy,

Always enjoy your thoughts.

Yes, pace and lead, enter and blend, move yourself not the point of resistance.

Relax, breath, and enjoy yourself.

Qatana 05-23-2006 11:49 AM

Re: Article: Creating Internal Resources by Lynn Seiser
 
Lynn, those were excellent basic meditation instructions, and applicable to All situations!

And maybe someday I will be able to remember how to do this Off the mat as easily as I can On the mat.
Which isn't all that easy yet!

Nick Pagnucco 05-23-2006 12:04 PM

Re: Article: Creating Internal Resources by Lynn Seiser
 
First: Thank you. This is a useful article (& thread) for me.

I have an additional question. I have the ability, sometimes, to become relatively relaxed if I have time to 'set up' before a technique. So, if I'm nage, I set my posture right, breathe, and await uke's attack. If I'm uke, I get into stance, and attack. Naturally, I do not always have an opportunity to 'set up' before an attack / technique, and other times whatever relexation I have goes away mid-way through whatever I am doing. Do you have any suggestions for how to re-capture relaxation in the moment?

Thanks

Nick

SeiserL 05-23-2006 08:39 PM

Re: Article: Creating Internal Resources by Lynn Seiser
 
Quote:

Nicholas Pagnucco wrote:
Naturally, I do not always have an opportunity to 'set up' before an attack / technique, and other times whatever relexation I have goes away mid-way through whatever I am doing. Do you have any suggestions for how to re-capture relaxation in the moment?

I personally find that training slowly at first helps me maintain kamae and breathing, relaxation. Only when I find the flow, I pick up the pace.

To "re-capture", I tend to slow myself down again and focus back on kamae and breathing, relaxation.

I like to train on find the groove, so once I find the flow I tend to bow out rather than just train in it. As you imply, "re-capturing" is far more difficult than maintaining.


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