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Old 02-28-2005, 01:16 AM   #34
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Re: Functional Ki Skills

Mike Sigman wrote:
Hi Ted:

I think you're perhaps leaving out a stage. The general statement is along the lines of "heart leads mind, mind leads Ki, Ki leads strength".
This sounds like the Chinese mind. The Chinese love the baroque, shadows within shadows and variations within variations. The Japanese mind is just the opposite. KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) drives much of the Japanese Arts. Certainly Ki No Kenkyukai H.Q. (KNK - Ki Society Headquarters) simplifies things. They would not put in an added stage if they didn't need it.
For instance, imagine you're standing like Tohei does with the forearm in front of chest, ready for your partner to test your stance.
You're not testing the stance or posture. You're testing mind and body coordination. It's not just physical.
Your "heart" refers to your desires, in the sense that you "want" a path or whatever to be in your forearm; the desire for that path triggers the mind to act; the mind makes the Ki go to the forearm; when your partner pushes your arm he feels your "strength" (more or less "kokyu"), which is the manifestation of your Ki.
Current thought I'm told from KNK is to think down where contact is made. If your arm is out stretched and a person is holding your wrist and pushing towards you, you should be thinking down from where they're holding. Their energy should be thought of as doing straight down, like following a plumb line into the ground. There is no path, no force going through your body down your legs and into the ground. Just think "down".

KNK has been using a point-to-point movement instead of thinking along a path. If your arm moves in an down-up-down motion, don't think of it as moving along a path, but just bring your arm to the down point then up point then second down point. KNK also uses an interesting visualization during the transition (up) point.
...This is the part of your post that I'm having trouble figuring out. My personal opinion is that there is no ideological difference between what Kohei, Shioda, Ueshiba (M or K) believed... they just had slightly different ways of saying things or expressing the functional aspects of Aikido. I.e., there are no real differences, as far as I see, other than a few incidental details...
That's your perspective, it's not something that is held by everyone. I was using the similarities between K. Tohei and K. Ueshiba to try and make a point, not a political statement.

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