Questions and Answers

The dynamics between an Uke and Nage is like question and answer. Both person go at each other, fulfilling the role of ‘attacker’ and ‘defender’, which ultimately are imposters in their own right.

Bring it down to microcosmos level, who ‘attacks’ and who is ‘defending’? the defender could have teased the attacker to attack with a slight nuance. the attacker on the other hand might be compelled to attack because of an old adage ‘the best defense is offense.’ Hence, first strike.

Break into that distinction and really it doesn’t matter anymore, very much a defense is never perfect, neither is an attack ever complete. So we struggle to handle a multitude of attacks, just as much as we tried our best to attack with no avail.

Similarly, there is never an answer that can fully unravel a question. Neither is there a question that is totally unanswerable. We always have to compromise. Our relentlessness will only further entangle ourself. We keep pursuing the truth with more answers only to be led further away and once again compelled to find yet another answer to yet another unanswerable question. further and further we go, the further we confuse ourselves.

Turn it around, isn’t answers that lead to more questions and more questions made the earlier answer inadequate and urges us to find ‘better’ answer? It’s a vicious cycle which many of us are unwittingly caught in it.

So what is the answer to that dilemma? Yet again, another quest for answers, yet another question to challenge the answer.


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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