Re: A Consideration of Aikido Practice within the Context of Internal Training
It's not the weapon itself that is inherently "internal;" it's the body that is wielding the weapon.
So, rather than looking for a school that has "spear work," I'd look for an individual teacher who has internal skills and applies them to weapons work whether sword, spear or multiple weapons. They are just the external expression of internal power. Whether or not such methodology is inherent in the weapons system he or she practices is not as important as the skills the individual him/herself has and can teach, using weapons as the vehicle through which to convey internal power methods.
In the absence of such an instructor, if one keeps doing internal solo and partner work in empty-hand mode, instilling the skills, then how it applies to spear or other weapons will be clearer to see, along with understanding the technical differences and details of ma'ai, blade applications, and other factors compared to empty hand.
Last edited by Cady Goldfield : 03-17-2013 at 05:49 PM.