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Old 11-09-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
Dojo: Berkshire Hills Aikido
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 698
One Hundred and Forty-four

My Aikido is most effective when I do the least. The reader is well advised not to misinterpret my use of the word effective. I'm not referring to so called "street effectiveness"; rather I'm pointing to effectiveness of technique within the Aikido paradigm, that is, mat training. My strength on the mat largely comes from my partner who has been so kind as to supply me with the gift of his energy in the form of his motion and intent. Without that gift I should have to impose my will on him in such a way as to get him to do what I want him to do; possible, I'll admit, as long as I can dominate him physically.

Aikido training, however, has shown me that there is another way. If I welcome my partner and add his energy to my own so that we move in concert rather than conflict, I am able to execute technique seemingly effortlessly. Looks fake, I know, but you have to be on the receiving end in order to appreciate how un-fake it really is.

Students have a rough time with this idea; especially students in their physical prime for whom the future is something distant. For them if uke can't feel the throw, it can't have been effective and uke must be taking a dive. Having been there myself I fully understand. It wasn't until I reached my late forty's that I began to fully appreciate the raw power of non-confrontation. That realization though slow in dawning marked a lasting turning point in my road.

(Original blog post may be found here.)
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:49 PM   #2
Dojo: Aiki Shoshinkan, Aiki Kenkyukai
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 813
Re: One Hundred and Forty-four

Yes, it gets smaller and smaller when you get better. Nice

Draw strength from stillness. Learn to act without acting. And never underestimate a samurai cat.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:10 PM   #3
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Dojo: Akido of Rosmore
Location: Seal Beach,CA
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 49
Re: One Hundred and Forty-four

well rewriten indeed. I agee with your thoughts.

Best wishes ,
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