Blend? You must be kidding! “How Does Aikido change us?” by Lynn Seiser

The physical practice of Aikido follows different strategies and patterns of movement than most martial arts. Coming from a bashing background, it was initially very hard to get my body to move according to the principles and concepts of Aikido. Blend rather than resist? You have to be kidding. Move in a circular motion rather than a linear direction? I did not even do that when I danced. The body did not want to do it and the mind did not understand it. The body and the mind were not fighting each other, they were fighting Aikido…

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