Re: The Way of Aiki
Some internal systems have alignment-structure building skills inherent in the foundational 6-directional training drills, so students learn it automatically while they are working the 6 directional energies. But usually they are walked through the process of spine extension ("suspended from the ceiling by a hook in your skull...") and joint alignment first, even if the word "alignment" is never used. Tenchijin is one of those versions. Other systems have parsed out every single aspect and factor and feel, and created a specific exercise for each of them, so that students can become aware of each discrete state and feeling. Then they are combined to create the spherical (all-directions) "force field" and begin to learn how to manipulate it as a whole. I Liq Chuan's developmental drills are an example of that approach.
Last edited by Cady Goldfield : 10-04-2013 at 10:01 PM.