Mar
21

Does this apply to Aikido? “Bruce Lee on blending with one’s opponent,” by Stanley Pranin

The first sentence about “following the natural bends of things” and “not interfering” clearly reminds one of the aikido principle of blending with one’s partner. The point of “never asserting yourself against nature” is, too, of special importance. The Founder Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei admonished practitioners to harmonize with the “activities of all things in nature.” A concrete example of this would not be resorting to physical strength when executing a technique in direct opposition to an opponent, but rather blending with his movement. Yet this is a common tendency among aikido practitioners…

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