Re: Freeform Bokken Drills to Develop Aiki Flow
Soooo true, unification of motion is a lifelong goal. And when you put stress into a situation, we easily resort to strength rather than relaxation and disunity rather than unity, double weightedness rather than single weightedness. As the old proverb says, "Who can be calm until the first blow is thrown?"
This was our first attempt. We did get much better over time but I never filmed it again. As in all new venues, there is initial tension in newness.
One interesting part of this event was also the season - Springtime in Ohio. The grass is quite wet from the rains and the footwork was quite slippery. It makes for wider than desired stances and over-reach during technique.
But I really don't care so much about striking poses. Just looking to keep it real.