“Marsalis’ advice may seem deceptively simple, perhaps even obvious. And yet, how many times during taijutsu practice, when Sensei corrects your movements, have you thought, “That’s such a simple movement! I’m making it way more complicated than it needs to be”?
The only place the word “think” appears in the above 12 Ways is in example #10: Think for Yourself. This does not mean think; it means “be who you are”. It means take what is offered to you, and make it a part of you. Over-thinking a technique is a common part of the learning process, yet it seems to be a brick in the path to the goal of connecting your body and mind.
Example #4 tells us to concentrate. Not think. For aikido, we may translate “concentrate” to mean focus. Intent. Purpose. Direction. Drawing uke into your sphere, if you prefer. When you are in the moment, the moment is all that there is.”
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