Aikido with Ki
|"Your Golden Rule says turn the other cheek when someone would strike you. This is aiki except that we would turn it before being struck. Thus the attacked is saved hurt and the attacker is saved from committing evil." -- Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) |
Aikido is a Japanese martial Way created earlier in this century by Morihei Ueshiba.
The name Aikido is composed of three Japanese words: Ai, meaning harmony; Ki, Universal spirit or energy; and Do, path, system, or way. Aikido is the way to harmony with the energy of the universe. Aikido is different from other martial arts in that the practitioner seeks to achieve self-defense by harmonizing (agreeing with the attackers intention). Instead of intentionally crippling with strikes, joint breaking or dangerous throws, the Aikidoist uses a variety of means to neutralise aggressors with minimum injury consistent with the situation.
Aikido is not a sport, where only champions count; under attack - only your abilities matter. People practice Aikido for self defence, healthy exercise, calmness of mind or spiritual reasons.
ki (`prana`in India, `chi` in China) has been described variously as vital force, internal power, mental/spiritual energy. No scientific explanation exists, yet it can be experienced in minutes. Ki power enabled master Ueshiba to walk onto the mat at eighty years old, and toss his attackers around like scarves thrown from a magician's sleeve. Ki Aikido was founded by Koichi Tohei - chief instructor under master Ueshiba and the only person he awarded 10th Dan. Master Tohei developed principles and methods of mind/body unification to develop Ki power - you may like to try one.
The unbendable arm: clench your fist. Ask your partner to bend your arm use muscle to resist. Now relax the arm completely. Imagine the arm is a fire hose, energy flowing to infinity through the fingers
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