Can you explain that in more detail? The aiki is ura of kiai?
Absolutely. According to Mochizuki Sensei, kiai
(front or visible, outward, recognized). It's one's pure intent. In other words, kiai
is the spirit of attacking and it's pure. A person intends wholeheartedly to push, punch, kick or cut another person. That's his omote
and he puts his power into that. A good example is the punch, where his power is truly focused within a small surface area in a space of an inch or two in depth.
It is, in fact, the ura
of that omote
to "block" the punch, strike it from the side or whatever, but that's not really the ura
in a pure sense.
The real ura
of an attack is where the strength is "empty" (the opposite of the fully-concentrated power in omote
And there are two basic ways to do that:
1) move to where the force is not
2) manipulate the force to where it becomes weak
Aikido tai sabaki moves to the emptiness of the attacking strength (as a child slides into the weakness of his parents' grasp and moves to a position where he is hard to hold).
Manipulating the force can be done by parrying and/or turning the attack.
Aikido in fact, usually manipulates the attack/force while also moving into its weak spot, thereby multiplying the effect of both methods.
Unlike a "blocking" movement, though, real aiki goes to the "pure" ura
of the attack--where it really is weak--and, unlike the "block," does not interfere at all with the force, so it is like the force "slips" or "slides" into its own ura
or is turned inside-out or backward from itself.
But, I have a different view of aiki-do now. One in which your theory doesn't hold much sway.
That's not my "theory," it's Minoru Mochizuki's definition of aiki
Structure has a lot to do with aiki. Weakest parts of an adult's effort does not. In other words, aiki works with either the strongest part of an adult effort or the weakest part of an adult effort. Doesn't matter. Not being sarcastic or anything here David, but think about that.
It "works" with the strongest part of any effort by using the inherent weakness of that effort. The old saying is, "Every front has a back. The bigger the front, the bigger the back."
has an ura
. The bigger the one, the bigger the other. So however strong anyone is, his strength has an equal weakness in the ura
uses that. So the weakest part of an adult's effort definitely does have something to do with aiki
: it's the essence of it.
Of course, structure is a given. Without it, you literally can do nothing.
, for instance. If you don't have basic structure, you can't stop an on-rushing attacker by applying aiki-age
because you'll be driven back, yourself. But once Mochizuki Sensei had us doing a series of techniques from aiki-age
and he laughed when I did it to a judo godan
, pointed at me and said, "Now that guy is good at this!"
would, on the surface, appear to go directly against the attacker's greatest strength, but it uses the principles described above (of course, with strong [but not fixed] posture) to access the ura
of that strength, where it suddenly becomes completely weak.
I have broached the subject before with Rob and maybe with Dan as to whether their methods somehow "access" the ura
of the attacker's strength directly through the physical contact. But I never got any real answer to that question.
If you do make it to Maryland, we really should get together. In person is communication. This stuff here (AikiWeb, BB, emails, etc) is not.
Well, as close as it sometimes comes, this is not an utter void, or I wouldn't spend as much time here as I do.
Best to you.