Heavy Handed Technique

How much does your hand weigh?

One way to find out is to weigh a pail of water, put your hands in and the difference will be your hand’s weight. for example if pail of water weigh 3 kgs, with you hands in, it now weighs 3.5kgs, so theoretically speaking your hand would weigh 0.5 kgs. Or does it really?

The mind makes the distinction. do the hand really weigh what it weigh? Then how can the very same 0.5kgs pair of hands break bricks, write letters, and kill or save lives? It is a gap between the mind and the body. The body doesn’t make distinction, the hands until it is physically severed, remains very much a part of the body, and when it does, the hands does not weigh itself in isolation.

There’s this word play which I personally is very fond of using, ‘Its mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.’ magician, Francis Bosco said that many years back.  ‘Mind over matter’ is about control, I am guilty (still is) of trying to manipulate my uke make him/her move the way I wanted to. sometimes through the law of physics it works, brute strength helps too. The latter ‘If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.’ this the magic of Aikido. I simply ‘don’t mind’ and let matter handles itself. In my earlier account in kokyu-ho, my hands became so heavy that they cannot be lifted by the brown belt uke. I did not ‘made’ my hands heavy. I didn’t will it through mind control. I don’t mind my body and just allow my hands to weigh 63kgs. so try it, place a 63 kgs hands on a 0.5 kgs hands.

It’s not dead 63kgs weight. Sure, physics can be employed to move the 63kgs. Shoulder muscles, pure strength, leverage can lift a 63kgs hand, but it is laborious, and tiring. for the owner of that 63kgs hands, who is essentially free, can shift the 63kgs to other parts of the body, now the toe and weigh just as much, try moving a 63kgs toe then. how can this weigh shift happens? is it possible?

this is where the talk stops and the walk, walk. I’ve until only recently realised this, and ever since then applying it with great effect. The realisation is profound, so deep I cannot blog it. It can be simply sum up as the ultimate DUH! of the universe. This is so simple it makes every smart ass idea i held previously look stupid. Let the minding mind go and the body will naturally, settles the weight and when everything falls in place, every body part is perfectly aligned, every veins and sinew, every disc in our spine is relaxed, we become more than what our mind think we are. Hell, we are more than we can imagine ourselves to be. We simply have to let go and allow. Yeah, it’s no rocket science, its humble, as it is, nothing more nothing less.

The cliché is ‘keep your centre!’ ‘Two inches below the navel’. The more we write and glorify it, the further it slips away. Nowadays, I have turned into a ‘difficult’ person. As a uke I am difficult because I am heavy to move. My uke, sometimes find it hard to ‘attack’ me, because they simply ‘bounce’ off a heavier, more stable object. However, on the positive note, my heaviness means that my uke or nage will have to do the waza properly, otherwise, it’s very inefficient. So my fellow Aikidokas have to improve to deal with me, because there is simply no other choice but to become just as good or better.

So try to weigh your hands, or find out how heavy-handed you are, can be and become, or better yet, find out if you can make the nails on your pinky fingers weigh your entire weight.


About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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