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Old 08-22-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
graham christian
Dojo: golden center aikido-highgate
Location: london
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 2,697
Developing the Aikido Eye.

This is a personal thread which may or may not be supported in writing by others. I call it a process of developement in Aikido until an attack of any kind looks simple to you.

To achieve this you must start seeing Aikido from the viewpoint of motion and harmonizing with motion. No more, no less.

When someone attacks with tsuki then all I see is a motion of energy. Energy coming straight through. When someone attacks with yokomen then I am seeing a circle or curve of energy.

Energy and motion, harmonizing with it, Aikido.

You have energy coming at you and a body in motion. If you focus or get wrapped up in the physical body then you will miss the truth of Aikido.

With this study of energy and motion comes about the awareness of the geometry of Aikido. Natural paths of energy.

With this study of energy and motion you become aware of the sources of the energy, centre, hara, one point, koshi, kokyu.

With this study of energy and motion you will become aware of the source, the true you and the the true other person with whom you are training. Devoid of identity, devoid of illusory differences.

Thus Aikido is a path back to truth. The harmonious motions of life.

Thus you discover harmonious motions, harmonious actions, harmonious intentions, harmonious being.

In the world of sounds this would be called music. In the world of moving to music this would be called dance. In the world of work this would be called organization. In the world of martial arts this would be called Aikido.

The path to peace, the meeting of heaven and earth. A devine martial art.

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