Brian Kagen pick: “Aikido Seen From A Larger Perspective” by Marc Abrams

“he capacity to remain connected and caring even during times of chaos, crisis and conflict is a wonderful thing to develop in ourselves. The two people whom I talked about at the beginning of this blog displayed this well-developed capacity and in enacting this potential, they gave up their lives. I do see Aikido as a martial art that does maintain some degree of “martial integrity,” while allowing us the potential to become better people in the “face” of discord, conflict and chaos.”

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  1. bruce baker says:

    What most students, even myself, do not understand is that the practice techniques, their movements and transition in-to and out-of techniques do NOT depend on the strict definition of AIKIDO.

    When you are injured, you modify your movements to somewhat resemble the technique enough that you gain the benefit of training.

    When your body can’t do-that practice technique exactly, you figure out a way to gain the benefits of training … even when you quit Aikido and formal classes so that some of the things you have learned find their way into your everyday movements, thereby continuing your training even when formal training has ended.

    Maybe I am disappointed in the many people who quit training, for whatever their reasons are, be it financial, or physical injury, or just their commitments to other things in their lives and they forget the lessons they supposedly learned, and do not integrate those lessons into their daily lives, their daily behaviors, yeah that is it. I see too many people who have come to class for a a few months, or a few years, and I see them stumbling physically, or morally, or mentally, not applying the lessons they should have learned from and it pains me to see them forget that Aikido was not just a physical exercise, but the attempt to wake the mind as well as the body to learn to combine both a martial practice with a mental awakening as well as moral integration of practices also.

    Don’t think that any training ends when you stop your formal mat practice training .. it just opens up the possibility for you to adapt and integrate your lessons into your everyday life.

  2. There are those who shape into their teachers’ form better than others. The others, in one fashion or another, are usually informed that they really don’t fit in the dojo. They may continue to train for the rest of their lives, but on a separate path.

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