Re: Training Internal Strength
Dear Fellow Martial Artists,
First sorry that my response on this comes about an year too late. Also please excuse me if this is in wrong part of this forum.
I am the founder of the system called Kyusho Aiki Jutsu and by selecting this name to represent the method i teach is to respect old and current masters in the world. Not to disrespect any arts by any means.
I have been studying martial arts 30+ years and respectfully have been looking all possible directions to seek answers – nothing high flying, but congrete, solid knowledge. I am humbly sorry if someone somewhere is insulted by using the term aiki in the name of this art. It is not to be directed to aiki-jutsu nor aiki-jujutsu, only to the term of aiki.
The origin of the name of Kyusho Aiki Jutsu -method
Despite the controversial discussions about George A. Dillman or anything related. I would like to state my point of view with little explanations of the name of the Art i teach.
My personal experience comes mainly from karate, but during last 17 years i have been traveling all around and met various experts of various martial arts. Nothing was better or worse than another one. What i truly have found, is humble, dedicated martial artists all around.
Before i met Mr. Dillman, i was training traditional karate and there were not allowed to ask questions, just practise what were shown. He ’gave’ the permission to ask questions. That was first good change.
He gave also a lot of valid, and good information about body’s functions and yet, pressure points – how to manipulate ones body in the situation of survive. In this writing i do not comment anything about chi, ki, prana etc. Or its controversial discussion is it true or not.
I live literally in the middle of no-where, and i have had lot of time to read, study, ponder and try out foundings/ideas. During this path i have found the importance of knowing oneself, not only mental but also physical way. This has lead forward being able to ”read” opponent(s) as well, to spot their weaknesses upon a physical contact and without.
Kyusho, is in the name, because, even i haven’t been associated with George Dillman since 1993, i still respect his years of study and his will to share what he has – so i felt that best way to respect that is to use word Kyusho in the name. My studies has gone way more deeper, than point here or there. In the direction of medical studies, to understand phenomenons beyond.
Aiki, has way more deeper meaning to me. I have studied diligently many masters, and their tips and hints. I cannot say that i fully understand it in the way they did, but i believe that i have found the essence of it. I truly and fully respect the history of the arts.
To me it means the meet opponents force / attack without physical force, or fear. Meeting does not happen only in the physical nor mental way, but together. Its difficult, if not impossible to plan the movements, those will appear when actual, intented attack has been decided.
Doing a movement from the center thru the heart will create a moment, where the energy of attack is neutralized and if needed sended back to uke’s mind to be redirected certain direction. This happens within the movement of combining subconscious mind and body, without muscular effort while maintaining balance and ’empty body’.
Third part of the name, Jutsu, means literaly technique or way, i didnt want to use word do for it as many sport arts uses that, jutsu refers to the direction of ancient masters and their work. To show respect towards them.
For me the name is not the issue at all, it could be called whatever name – but as above i wroted, i hope that you can see my deep respect to all those who has walked on this path before my time. The name of the system is full of respect.
I also would like to ask few questions…
Who was the first one to use name aiki?
What was his understanding of it?
How he could find it, if it cannot be learned without someone teaches it?
Has aiki changed during the years of history? If yes, why?
S. Takeda, M. Ueshiba, Y. Sawaga, G. Shioda and many others has described aiki different way, as in this forum discussion someone stated – everyone experiences a aiki in their own, personal way. And this is why everyone will answer differently to the question ’What is aiki?’
Thank you for you time for reading this thru.
Yours in the Arts,