Aikido is the study of abundance. From birth we are conditioned on the conditions of life. this or that, either, or. Neither, nor. These simple rules help to keep us safe, but we got carried away from the ‘either, or’ mentality that it becomes a switch. ‘On/Off’. It simplifies everything, and as we grow older this model becomes simplistic and hampers the achievement of full humaness.
Aikido is the ‘unstudy’ of that duality. In the dojo, no two technique is the same. Aikido is not about challenging the simplistic, nor to make things complex. it is the exercise of our freedom to understand the sheer abundance of choice laid in front of us, that we can go beyond the duality. We can be simple, we can be complicated, it depends.
Being human is more than just an ‘On/Off’ switch. the fullness of life cannot be comprehended that way. I am guilty of that when I struggle to deal with a technique, often only to have sensei correct me with an alternative. instead of either, or, how about this? and the third choice works, and if it doesn’t work, the fourth would, if not then the fifth, so on and so forth. More often than not, we get caught up by that ‘either,or’ situation simply because we are so ‘caught up.’
This happens when we do not pay proper attention to our uke. our Uke is a human being, fully capable of the same level (sometimes more) of freedom as us. we need to fully absorb our uke’s being and freedom, and execute the waza only then. Only then the technique become free, because the combination fo two person’s freedom, free from manipulation, from control, and free from the technique.
If we become fixated by our uke, then we either get overwhelmed by the uke, or we utterly overcome the uke. that is the breaking down of abundance. it is never about life or death. We are already alive, so why fight to live? We will all die eventually, so why fight to live? There is more than that when we let go of that. Let the duality go and we can embrace the abundance of alternative!