Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > Training

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-24-2010, 07:12 PM   #1
Amassus
 
Amassus's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido Musubi Ryu/ Yoshin Wadokan
Location: Hamilton
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 305
New Zealand
Offline
Do symbol Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

I read this in another thread:
Quote:
The debate therefore is not whether pins work, but rather what motivates uke to solicit a more uncomfortable pin by attempting to escape. To that extent, it concerns me when uke attempts to escape a pin because that signals uke does not believe the exchange to be at its end. Pins should communicate, "I can hurt you, you cannot defend yourself. Stop your actions and submit to me."
I agree with this comment. There is no point to struggling out of a pin if the back of your head and neck are exposed to nage. You are signalling that you want to get struck. However, I want to take a look at what ideas are percieved in the dojo.

We have all had people fight a technique when they first come to the dojo. We have all had people do what is discussed in the above quote where they attempt to escape the pin. We have had people being extremely cooperative uke and you are not training honestly.
We have had people punch at you and if you don't move, the punch doesn't actually connect, it sometimes even veers off to one side to help you avoid it.

More and more I am looking at how I can train the minds of the students rather than just teach them techniques. This thread has some relevance to the thread I started on "Courage". However, I want to look more deeply into creating an atmosphere in a dojo where we cultivate the right training method for body AND mind.

Thoughts, please.

"flows like water, reflects like a mirror, and responds like an echo." Chaung-tse
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2010, 07:27 PM   #2
ChrisHein
 
ChrisHein's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Location: Fresno , CA
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,637
United_States
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Here is a trick I use.

Make Uke do the proper action first. So if the action is push nage so nage can throw hikiotoshi, then before you practice the throw, practice Uke's part.

Then go to the throw and repeat. Make training Uke's part as important as Nage's, not just the fall, but the attack as well.

When I started Kendo I thought it was odd that the higher ranking person received the technique first ( playing what we would call Uke). Then I realized what an advantage it was to have the "better" student provide the proper attack first. This sets the pace, and shows how Uke should be generating the attack.

  Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2010, 07:49 PM   #3
Carl Thompson
 
Carl Thompson's Avatar
Location: Kasama
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 453
Japan
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

I've often heard it said that aikido is not just blending your own technique with that of your opponent but also a blend of your kokoro (heart/mind) with that of your opponent. If you have this, you can do anything. If you don't, then you get people challenging each other, deliberately injuring folk by giving them more than they can handle, complying to avoid hurting the other's feelings, purposely not attacking properly in order to "beat" the other person, actively helping that other person to "beat" you and so on. I think that without that basic mindset of honest training, it can go either way with often ludicrous results.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2010, 08:19 PM   #4
RED
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 903
United_States
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... Atemi: I'll hit you. o_o

MM
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 05:47 AM   #5
Dieter Haffner
 
Dieter Haffner's Avatar
Dojo: Tai Wa Lokeren, Budokai Mechelen
Location: Lokeren
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 114
Belgium
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Quote:
Dean Suter wrote: View Post
There is no point to struggling out of a pin if the back of your head and neck are exposed to nage.
I don't think this is a good motivator for uke to stop his action. A good pin should lock you up completely, so that struggling is no longer an option. Even thinking of wanting to struggle is locked out of your mind.

As long as I don't have the feeling of complete imobilization, I might be attempted to try to break out.
Even when it is a pin that is pretty well applied, nage better makes sure he keeps control of the situation when he is getting back on his feet or I will try to overcome him.
Because to me, there is no begin and end to a technique. There is only the continuous interaction between my partner and me.

I believe that letting my partner feel where there is an opening, is training honestly. And it should keep him aware of everting, all the time.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 06:38 AM   #6
SeiserL
 
SeiserL's Avatar
Dojo: Roswell Budokan, Kyushinkan Dojo, Aikido World Alliance
Location: Roswell, GA USA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,720
United_States
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

IMHO, intent.
A crucial part of communication is body and mind congruence.
Everything communicates assertively (not aggressively) that I am in charge.
The proper technique with the proper attitude.
One message, one intent, one point.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 07:25 AM   #7
Kevin Leavitt
 
Kevin Leavitt's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Northern Virginia
Location: Stuttgart, Baden Wurttemberg
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 4,376
Germany
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

One thing that comes to mind for me when reading this is a phenomenon that I experience in teaching Level I (beginning) combatives to Soldiers quite often.

In my advance classes and BJJ classes students will of course move "appropriately" and proportionality to the real and "percieved" threat.

However, in the Level I course, many times they will not. They will do things that are completely and tactically unsound.

They will do these things and put me in a hurt locker cause I was not expecting them to do that very thing, or they will demonstrate shear super human strength and power out of something they should not be able to get out of....they will take risk that a "reasonable" and proficient student will not.

AND they are not WRONG!

Sure we want Uke to learn to recognize when they are in danger, but we also need to understand that people will do things that we may or may not think SHOULD happen. They will take risk, especially if they perceive they have something greater to lose.

What ever we do in the dojo, we need to develop an answer and a response for. The guy may be willing to risk a strike to the back of the head or completely pull his arm out of socket to get to you are get out of a pin.

We also need to be careful to not CONDITION uke and nage both to accept and comply as a matter of HABIT, not of training constraint but HABIT...what you do in training, you will do on the street.

So, I love new students and students that do not recognize what is really going on with said technique. We need to not look at them as nuisances, but as a welcome training challenge to improve what we are doing with both them and us.

It is great to have beautiful and perfect aikido where the partners have reached the level of communication where they are both flowing properly through the process doing everything by the book.

On the street on in reality, there is a breakdown in that communication process and it is up to us to gain control of that process...not to blend with it, harmonize with it, or to make him understand.....BUT to completely and utterly CONTROL IT!

Once we have control of it, we have the ability to dictate the terms of the relationship and we can then (hopefully) return to that relationship what we want...that is once he/she understands what roles each of you is playing.

Sure you can always leave room for him to choose a path, figuratively and literally. Choice can be a good thing to give him, but we need to also weigh the risk and make sure we are taking an identifiable an controllable risk.

I think though that it is important to understand that first we have to learn to control before we can restore the balance.

Sorry for the digression, but I think this is important to completely understand this paradigm of the relationship between uke/nage.

  Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 07:44 AM   #8
dps
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,170
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Uke's role in training honestly; committed attack, don't give up unless you have to.

Nage's role in training honestly: make the technique work, make uke submit.

It is fun to hear someone who outranks you by several degrees say something like, " You can't do that, out on the street an attacker won't react that way."

My response, " I just did and if I was the attacker I would."

David

Last edited by dps : 04-25-2010 at 07:54 AM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 08:18 AM   #9
Kevin Leavitt
 
Kevin Leavitt's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Northern Virginia
Location: Stuttgart, Baden Wurttemberg
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 4,376
Germany
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Committed to what degree though? I think this is the holy grail question. I don't like the word committed as I think it puts the wrong image semantically in folks head. Appropriate attack I think may be a better choice of words.

What might be appropriate for a beginner might be different for say a 5th Dan.

Sure, I may "commit" a little more with a beginner, but with a very experienced nage, I would give him even less room and make the shot group even tighter.

I attack in all cases with "balanced" attacks, one that is "committed" in that the attack is real, plausable, and gives nage something to work on, yet it still allows me to keep my balance/center and move on to the next attack if nage is not spot on his technique.

For me, committed used to mean "extended". extended to the point that I could not escape nage or do anything about what was going to happen next.

In fact, I like to stay tight as uke, and I practice just as much as nage, if not more so, as I choose when I will take nage's center back or try to...all the way to the ground and even into the pin.

Sometimes I will "go" with a technique all the way to the pin, only to off balance and show nage where the gap is.

Of course, it depends on the nage and his/her abilities and what I feel as uke is appropriate to the situation.

I remember years ago having my seniors tell me how important learning good ukemi was. I thought I had figured it out pretty quickly in the first few months of training and was all about being nage.

Today, though, I'd much rather be uke, and find that roll to be many times more challenging and I get more out of training being uke!

  Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 08:31 AM   #10
dps
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,170
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Committed attack would be an attack where if nage did nothing the attack would be successful.

You have to adjust speed for nage's ability.

David
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 08:40 AM   #11
Kevin Leavitt
 
Kevin Leavitt's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Northern Virginia
Location: Stuttgart, Baden Wurttemberg
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 4,376
Germany
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Agree David.

I think though that the "and then what...." gets left out alot and we simply end the situation with the attack kinda hanging out there in the breeze.

  Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 08:54 AM   #12
dps
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,170
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Quote:
Kevin Leavitt wrote: View Post
Agree David.

I think though that the "and then what...." gets left out alot and we simply end the situation with the attack kinda hanging out there in the breeze.
Do something don't leave the attack hanging or the "then what" up to the other guy.

I like Grant Wager's signature,

If you're hungry, keep moving.
If you're tired, keep moving.
If you value you're life, keep moving.

David
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 10:19 AM   #13
Russ Q
Dojo: Shohei Juku Aikido Gibsons
Location: Gibsons BC
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 193
Canada
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

I think you should invest in George Ledyard Sensei's Basics video (or any of his DVD's actually). He clearly explains the role of uke and what their INTENTION should be as uke, the potential consequences of deviating from the "form", and (as David mentioned) you can still go slow (and hit your partner) if you have the proper intent..... Dean, I've found George's explanations ones that are very easy to demonstrate and explain to my students too.

Best,

Russ
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2010, 11:58 AM   #14
jonreading
 
jonreading's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido South (formerly Emory Aikikai)
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 894
United_States
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

I think I may have posted the quote to which Dean is referring. In my experience with pins I notice that students who choose to fight a solid pin often lack the martial education to realize the risk and consequences of the contest. To this observation I identify two points to the problem: first, uke is not competent to understand the danger inherent with contesting the pin, second, nage has a greater burden of communication to both convince uke that nage is in control of technique and to educate uke about the danger of contesting the pin. This is one of the disadvantages to aikido practice that has created an environment of aikido students who lack fundamental fighting skills to realize and react to danger.

As for the students who understand the consequences of their action but choose to thwart nage, they are taking a great personal risk for a simple satisfaction. Dumb, no excuse. This is not good aikido and does not provide a learning experience.

I think it is important to a good dojo environment to separate the innocents from the offenders and address their individual needs. Sensei (or dai sempai) have an obligation provide martial education to kohai. Sensei (or dai sempai) have the duty to inform offenders of intolerable actions in the dojo.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2010, 03:32 AM   #15
Amassus
 
Amassus's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido Musubi Ryu/ Yoshin Wadokan
Location: Hamilton
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 305
New Zealand
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Quote:
I think you should invest in George Ledyard Sensei's Basics video (or any of his DVD's actually).
Can you give me a link to those DVDs, Russ? After a quick search on the web, I came up with nothing.

Thanks in advance.
Dean.

"flows like water, reflects like a mirror, and responds like an echo." Chaung-tse
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2010, 09:28 AM   #16
Russ Q
Dojo: Shohei Juku Aikido Gibsons
Location: Gibsons BC
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 193
Canada
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Hi Dean,

George Sensei's site is www.aikieast.com You can get them through there....follow the link to "Video Store".

Russ
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2010, 11:50 AM   #17
George S. Ledyard
 
George S. Ledyard's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido Eastside
Location: Bellevue, WA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 2,641
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Quote:
Russ Qureshi wrote: View Post
Hi Dean,

George Sensei's site is www.aikieast.com You can get them through there....follow the link to "Video Store".

Russ
We do have our own URL for the videos:
Aikidodvds.com

George S. Ledyard
Aikido Eastside
Bellevue, WA
Aikido Eastside
AikidoDvds.Com
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2010, 12:07 AM   #18
piyush.kumar
Dojo: UTA aikido club
Location: arlington
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 58
United_States
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

@kevin leavitt: CONTROL it totally.

I wonder if we can really control anything at all except ourselves? When there is a breakdown of communication, does it not mean we got distracted and did not establish our mindset to respond to the attacker correctly?

If we were to try to control anything, would that not mean pre-meditating on what the attacker is going to do? I understand that can be done but is that highest form that we are striving for?

I read something interesting in a book called "the unfettered mind" by takuan soho. It said something to the effect that our response to an attacker should be in the same time interval as the time it takes for a spark to appear when two stones strike each other.

Perhaps, i am putting in the wrong context or the wrong thread, but in all cases, i appreciate the answers .

Thank you,
Piyush
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2010, 04:55 PM   #19
RED
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 903
United_States
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

I think the only thing you really can control is yourself, no one else. Self mastery is the heart of Budo.

MM
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2010, 09:15 PM   #20
Kevin Leavitt
 
Kevin Leavitt's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Northern Virginia
Location: Stuttgart, Baden Wurttemberg
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 4,376
Germany
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

I think first you have to establish control of yourself to a degree, at least philosophically. I think you need to be in control enough of what matters to affect the situation.

I think (and know) that it is possible to affect and control others both physically and mentally. We do it all the time, and allow others to do it to us as well.

While we are striving for self mastery in which we no longer allow others to control our minds, our physical bodies I think are a different story all together. A good read on the subject is Victor Frankl.

  Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2010, 09:18 PM   #21
Kevin Leavitt
 
Kevin Leavitt's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Northern Virginia
Location: Stuttgart, Baden Wurttemberg
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 4,376
Germany
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Quote:
Maggie Schill wrote: View Post
I think the only thing you really can control is yourself, no one else. Self mastery is the heart of Budo.
I would re-word this slightly and say the only CONCERN we should have is control of self ultimately, as of course, any control we have over others is temporary and not really sustainable in the long term.

As far as budo is concerned, absolutely, primarily I think it is about learning self mastery, which is learning that we need to first be concerned about self than about others.

While this may seem a small thing, I think it is great actually. We need to understand in budo that we do, and can have power over others and at times we need to exercise this power, hopefully in a skillful way....otherwise we run the risk of turning what we do into a very narcissistic practice, which frankly I think happens alot in Aikido.

Last edited by Kevin Leavitt : 05-05-2010 at 09:22 PM.

  Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2010, 03:03 AM   #22
Amassus
 
Amassus's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido Musubi Ryu/ Yoshin Wadokan
Location: Hamilton
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 305
New Zealand
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Quote:
While this may seem a small thing, I think it is great actually. We need to understand in budo that we do, and can have power over others and at times we need to exercise this power, hopefully in a skillful way....otherwise we run the risk of turning what we do into a very narcissistic practice, which frankly I think happens alot in Aikido.
I agree, Kevin.
So going back to my OP, is our job to teach students of aikido about self-mastery - at all levels.
Keeping ego in check, overcoming physical limitations, overcoming mental blocks etc, etc.

As I write this, I'm thinking "Yes" this is what its all about!

Thoughts?

Oh, thanks for the DVD links BTW, folks.

Last edited by Amassus : 05-06-2010 at 03:04 AM. Reason: spelling

"flows like water, reflects like a mirror, and responds like an echo." Chaung-tse
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2010, 05:25 PM   #23
RED
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 903
United_States
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Quote:
Kevin Leavitt wrote: View Post
I would re-word this slightly and say the only CONCERN we should have is control of self ultimately, as of course, any control we have over others is temporary and not really sustainable in the long term.

As far as budo is concerned, absolutely, primarily I think it is about learning self mastery, which is learning that we need to first be concerned about self than about others.

While this may seem a small thing, I think it is great actually. We need to understand in budo that we do, and can have power over others and at times we need to exercise this power, hopefully in a skillful way....otherwise we run the risk of turning what we do into a very narcissistic practice, which frankly I think happens a lot in Aikido.
I think,
through training, you may be able to gain control over others. But you are not entitled to that power by virtue that they attacked you, nor by virtue that you have studied Budo. Therefore abuse of that power is reprehensible. That is why self mastery is key in my opinion. When it isn't put as the singular objective in training focus is lost, and people start to believe they actually have entitlement to and over other's lives. Whether they interpret that sense of self-entitlement as the right to kill another, or whether the interpret that sense of self-entitlement as them having the "right" to choose not to kill some one. IMO I don't believe either should be a choice. We are not entitled to an opinion or any rights over lives we had no part in creating. Whether that means ending a life or choosing to arrogantly flaunt a tainted sense of mercy, we have no right to these decisions over others. And I don't believe we are entitled to stewardship over ourselves when lacking self mastery. If you can't even be your own master, then why suppose you can steward yourself with any sense of justice? Self mastery takes a life time. Which goes hand and hand with my opinion; that you don't have any entitled rights over any life you had no hand in creating...including your own.

Last edited by RED : 05-06-2010 at 05:37 PM.

MM
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2010, 05:46 PM   #24
sakumeikan
Dojo: Sakumeikan N.E. Aikkai .Newcastle upon Tyne.
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1,159
United Kingdom
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

Quote:
David Skaggs wrote: View Post
Uke's role in training honestly; committed attack, don't give up unless you have to.

Nage's role in training honestly: make the technique work, make uke submit.

It is fun to hear someone who outranks you by several degrees say something like, " You can't do that, out on the street an attacker won't react that way."

My response, " I just did and if I was the attacker I would."

David
Aikido training in the dojo is not quite the same as training for external conflict.Basic techniques in the dojo are used as conditioning exercises.By repetitive movements you acquire an aikido body.In the street your potential assailant has generally no idea of issues like blending.Their responses are not like the response one gets from a experienced aikidoka.The responses from an outside attack is more like training with a strong , awkward gent who wants do you a bit of damage.Not quite the same as mutual training in a dojo with a buddy.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2010, 06:31 PM   #25
Kevin Leavitt
 
Kevin Leavitt's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido of Northern Virginia
Location: Stuttgart, Baden Wurttemberg
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 4,376
Germany
Offline
Re: Cultivating a mind for training honestly.

I think it is our job to set the example, not sure you can teach self mastery. I think the best you can do is provide a forum or environment for that to occur.

I have enough issues of my own with self mastery that I would not presume to "teach" anyone anything.

Leadership by example I think is the best way to do this.

  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

Aikido DVDs and Video Downloads - by George Ledyard Sensei & other great teachers from AikidoDVDS.Com



Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 12 Peter Goldsbury Columns 32 05-16-2009 07:05 PM
"Off-The-Mat" Forum akiy "Off-The-Mat" 6 06-02-2008 01:22 AM
How do you train/achieve nothingness? L. Camejo General 41 01-07-2007 09:19 PM
Mind dumbness vs activity in randori suren Techniques 16 09-29-2004 02:29 PM
Who said this? Jim23 General 34 02-16-2001 03:18 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:59 AM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate