Re: YouTube: Terry Dobson on Takemusu Aiki
During a lunchbreak on a UK course with Chiba Sensei (1992 maybe) someone asked him what Takemusu meant. I can't remember what he said exactly, but he mentioned animals are in a constant fight for survival, be alert to survive, which also corresponded with what another instructor told me (Omura Hiroaki - Uchideshi same time as Chiba): - keep your wits about you (my translation, he spoke no English). I wrote the following on my old 1994 website (I recently shut it down). I think I have expanded on it somewhat .. so the following are mostly my thoughts (I purposefully avoided calling it self-defence).
Take a look out of your window into the garden. All those millions of insects are part of one great struggle, every day until their death. This cycle of life and death is inescapable - but humans have created society and have mostly overcome it, or rather, in the martial sense, lost it. So, in order to improve our minds in martial arts we must consider what we have come to lose. If we are to survive we must fight ceaselessly, we can not be passive even for a moment or we will die (lose). All creatures follow this cycle. In fighting for survival, it is best to harmonise with "nature" rather than fight against it. In fact, this is nature's way - all is in harmony - what is not will cease to exist. Accordingly, to harmonise is to offer a greater chance of survival.