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Old 06-26-2008, 05:51 PM   #38
Stefan Stenudd
 
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Ki is a tool, not a goal

I certainly stress the importance of the ki perspective in aikido training. Still, I would not say that it should be regarded as a kind of goal for the training.
A Japanese teacher once told me that the name of the art should sort of be read backward. Kara-te-do would then be "the way by the hand to emptiness". Ai-ki-do would be something like "the way through ki to joining/harmony".
I like the idea.

I don't really understand the question about long or short road. Every way ( ) is a lifetime thing, and as far as I know there is no end to the progress one can make through continued practice. Neither with ki nor with anything else that can be gained through aikido training, there is a final level, a stage of development that is enough.
There is always more...

There are easy methods to sort of quickly awaken and increase one's ki, but they need to be repeated over a long period of time, in order to remain. I've written a book with such exercises, but I repeat on almost every page that they need to be done frequently over a long period of time, or the effect will quickly vanish.
That's not a bad thing at all. Repetition is the door to magic.

There's no point in getting tired of breathing.

Stefan Stenudd
My aikido website: http://www.stenudd.com/aikido/
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