Aikido's "Takemusu Aiki,” UNLIMITED CREATIVITY
There are many misconceptions about
Aikido in the Western mind. To most, it is
purely a defensive combination of martial art and
religion. The average practitioner in America
today has been led to believe and think that Aikido
is a non-aggressive system without strikes or
punches, and not at all well suited for
self-defense. Nothing could
be further from the truth. With a lot of
hard work, along with an open and creative mind you
can adapt all most all of your Aikido techniques for
self defense on the street.
Aikido training has incorporated within it a
as; “KI” energy, getting off line, speed,
timing, entering, Maai (combat distance and
position), just to name a small few. It is
said that there are approximately 5,000 basic
technique variations that you should become very
Aikido is essentially, an art where
as the opponent’s force is used against him.
The entire concept of all martial arts is training
to overcome an attack from a larger opponent.
In spite of what most styles teach, “If he
does this you do that”
and in spite of what most “classroom warriors”
preach, the vast majority of unarmed attacks
on the street begin with the attacker attempting to
rush, grab, or enter with a flurry of unpredictable
kicks and punches.
Most American Aikido Sensei’s tell
you that Aikido does not work on the street in
combat. What these “classroom warriors”
seem to forget
that even though O’Sensei developed a reputation for
being a kind and gentleman, he was also very well
respected as an awesome and devastating fighter.
O’Sensei could easily defeat multiple attackers with
little or no effort. You should note that even
the great Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo,
was so impressed with Aikido that he sent his top
students to train with O’Sensei.
should remember that during your Aikido training you
not lose sight of your self-development and
“Takemusu Aiki”, which can best be defined as
However it seems that more often then
not this pursuit is often discouraged, distorted or
completely ignored or lost.
While researching the
history and philosophy of O’Sensei
from many different sources one thing has become
very clear. The founder of Aikido, Morihei
Ueshiba (O’Sensei) believed that the practice
of Aikido must be allowed to change and develop
multidimensionally. The practice of Aikido
must not become stagnant but should develop day by
day transforming itself naturally as everything in
Aikido helps you understand
the freedom from conformity that other styles of
martial arts have. Free yourself by
observing closely what you normally practice.
Do not condemn or approve; merely observe.
Remember that awareness is
without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in
that state of mind, there is and will be perception.