Thank you all for your kind responses and apologies in advance if I am unable to utilize the web technology correctly.
Lee Price wrote:
Does Ki development have any practical applications beyond application of technique?..what are the possibilities?
One area that springs to mind is kiatsu ho (pressing or healing with ki). Without becoming overly metaphysical it works very well on everyday aches and pains ... knees, back, neck, headache ... especially those that occur after pushing a 47 year old body a little harder than it has become accustomed to.
With regard to the aikido training my special joy is the kinesthetic understanding that is developed particularly when everything is moving in synchrony. That is a feeling I am unable to achieve by any static means. To live is to move and there is a certain joy that results from motion when there is no internal (or external) conflict.
OK, I just reread that last paragraph and it sounds pompous.
I just like aikido. 'nuff said.
Ted Ehara wrote:
Don't get too upset with us. We're all just learning.
As am I. It just seems to go a lot slower as I get older.