They laughed when I stood up and straightened my arm
But when they couldn't bend it!
"Can he really keep his arm straight?" a girl whispered. "Heavens no!" Arthur exclaimed. "He never kept his arm straight in his life."
I decided to make the most of the situation. With mock dignity I adjusted my gi. Then I stood tall and made a quarter turn, just as I had seen our aikido shihan do.
"What do you think of his execution?" called a voice from the rear.
"We're in favor of it!" came back the answer, and the crowd rocked with laughter.
Then I Started to extend....
Not that, you sick bastards.
Instantly a tense silence fell on the guests. The laughter died on their lips as if by magic. I extended ki and I heard gasps of amazement. My friends sat breathless -- spellbound!
I extended ki and I forgot the people around me. I forgot the hour, the place, the breathless listeners. The little world I lived in seemed to fade -- seemed to grow dim -- unreal. Only the unbendableness was real. Only the unbendableness and visions it brought me. Visions as beautiful and as changing as the wind blown clouds and drifting moonlight that long ago inspired the master composer. It seemed as if O'Sensei himself were speaking to me -- speaking through the medium of ki -- not in words but in energy. Not in sentences but in exquisite melodies!
A Complete Triumph!
As the last bit of unbending died away, the room resounded with a sudden roar of applause. I found myself surrounded by excited faces. How my friends carried on! Men shook my hand -- wildly congratulated me -- pounded me on the back in their enthusiasm! Everybody was exclaiming with delight -- plying me with rapid questions... "Jack! Why didn't you tell us you could do that?"... "Where did you learn?" -- "How long have you studied?" -- "Who was your teacher?"
"Just a short while ago I couldn't straighten my pinkie."
"Quit your kidding," laughed Arthur, himself an accomplished aikidoist. "You've been studying for years. I can tell."
"I have been studying only a short while," I insisted. "I decided to keep it a secret so that I could surprise all you folks."
Then I told them the whole story.
Have you ever heard of the Aikido School of Aikido?" I asked.
A few of my friends nodded. "That's an aikido school, isn't it?" they exclaimed.
"Exactly," I replied. "They have a new simplified method that can teach you to use ki in just a few months."
Then I explained how for years I had longed to have an unbendable arm.
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"I was amazed to see how easy it was to extend ki".
"After the first classes, nothing stopped me. I could keep my arm straight in all kinds of circumstances."
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