“In recent years for our practice of Aikido, my realizations of what exactly we are moving towards as a real outcome of our art have been very revealing for us. We can stay in the realm of kata only and practice the basics for many years and have some very rewarding outcomes in the grounding, centering and stablization process. This foundation is necessary for us to be able to move on to another plateau for ourselves and pass this on to our fellow practitioners.
One realm that has over the last five years is the realm where the horizontal and the vertical worlds that we live in intersect. We could look at this simply as a nexus where the we tend to let go of our basic practices of the known, all our kata skills, ukemi and the fundamentals into the unknown or our practice of randori or freeplay where we tend to see if our years of practice are going to translate into handling a non obvious, random insertion of energy towards us into a skillful and useful outcome, self defense, integrative synthesis of Principles and using our higher communicative skills in the potential world of chaos that we can encounter from time to time.”
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