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Old 03-03-2008, 10:59 AM   #152
George S. Ledyard
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Re: why focus on internal power

Mike Sigman wrote: View Post
Hi George:

I don't think there's anything special about any of us feeding information from the outside. Think of it more of a few hounds in the pack spotting the fox a little before the rest of the pack does and baying, trying to get the attention of the rest of the pack.

But I think you'll find that only a few people are going to respond and see the importance of these things. Already there's a lot of people trying to convince themselves and others that they already do and teach this stuff, and so on. It's to be expected.

The big difference with Aikido is that it has a number of representative Japanese teachers who are somewhat aware of these skills (I mean as in "in various degrees") and to whom the topic is not really alien. That's a better situation than in, say, some style of karate or other art where the main "name" practitioners are all westerners who think they know everything. Those guys are self-defeating and it's probably impossible with them.

What it boils down to is that enough people are beginning to see the basics of these things and how they tie in with all the old comments about "ki"... and suddenly they see that there's something substantive there. So some people are already beginning to work on it. Some are still in denial or are trying to bluff that they already have all that. Some people aren't sure what to do, so they do nothing... and the years are creeping by so many of them will end up with nothing. But each person makes his own choice. The information has gotten out there and that's about all anyone can ask for. It's a far better situation than 3 or 4 years ago. And as more of the skills are discovered and worked on, it's going to get better for the few who actively go that route.


Mike Sigman
Hi Mike,
You won't see any large scale change until a few of the senior folks in various organizations start to work on these things and the rank and file can see the results. Individuals will get stuff on their own but , sadly it can a threat to the seniors if someone below them starts to have more skills than they do. Initiative is not always rewards by established organizations.

But if a few seniors in each group start changing, then I think you will see the larger picture start to change. Not everyone of course... I think the average person already feels quite overwhelmed by what he or she has been shown, doesn't feel like he can train enough to master that, much less start thinking about things in a whole new way and add various new elements in to his training. But the seniors who have already made the commitment but whom are willing to change some things in order to be better, there you will see some results. And once that happens the juniors will get better training right from the start and things will change.

George S. Ledyard
Aikido Eastside
Bellevue, WA
Aikido Eastside