Throwing your weight around

How much do you weigh? That would probably define how much weight you can throw around. literally and physically. for me? I weigh a mere 63kilos, so I’m very much ‘light weight’, in relative terms.

To simply use my weight to do whatever I want is finite, but we cannot ignore the physics of that body of flesh and bone that makes the matter. The form is defined in a physical shape and a number; height, weight, blood pressure, and other gauges. If we allow ourselves to get caught up in that physical form, then we will always be limited.

The practice of martial arts is about leverage. we leverage not to get what we want, but to ensure a specific outcome is produced. This outcome rightfully should not be the doing of our mind, ego. Delve deeper and explore why we exist and when all delusions and ego falls away, we will realise what outcome we are place here to produced.

In order to produce that outcome, we cannot do it alone. failure is certain if we were to go at it alone, to do so is also delusional and blinds us from our true purpose. As humans, similar to other living beings, we cannot survive without others, without help. As babies, we are delivered defenseless and useless from our mother’s womb. Great many resources were spent to ensure we survive, hence our ‘success’, is defined by living, not death.

As babies we make do with survive, as a measure of success, as adults, with a more developed mental and spiritual faculty, we can do more than survive. We can thrive, we should thrive. to do so requires not minuscule efforts of ‘me’, we need to tap the collective greater ‘we’.

In martial arts, we can never be where we are today without the entire enterprise of  supporting community of seniors, teachers, and junior students. There is no order of importance, everyone is just as important. I can never be where I am today if I simply take training as training. Every time I train, I try to connect with my fellow students, irrespective of rank, gender, race or whatever. Forget what I want to do and think about what my partner want. Eventually, forget what my partner wants and together do what we both desire, a peaceful but resolute outcome. It is possible, after years of struggle in the dojo and out, and many more years of struggle to come, I believe it is possible.

So forget how much you weigh, forget how much your partner weigh, and ponder the weight of a combined actions and the possibilities of achievement together.


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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