The next time you squeeze a toothpaste, ask yourself, how much is enough? when you clench your teeth, how much is tight?
How much is necessary?
Sometimes, when we apply a lock, say a nikkyo, how much is too much, until you injure your partner? or sometimes it is insufficient and the lock is rendered ineffective?
We humans, struggle with the ‘enough-ness’ of life. too much branded stuff, too much gambling, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), we cannot or sometime lose that gauge for the balance.
In Aikido, we always struggle with that ‘Necessary Effect’. especially with free practice, where our partners differs in size and velocity. We may dispatched a small uke and then deal with a larger uke, our residual memory might prepare our force just enough to deal with another similar small uke, but a big one comes along. or vice versa. Sometimes too much, other times, not enough. Injury results in an unwise use of necessary force.
The Necessary Effect is that middle ground to attain. I wanted to type “the Necessary Effect is that middle ground we want to attain” but i corrected myself. our wanting can never get us to the Necessary Effect. our wanting causes that flux, sometimes we miss, sometimes we hit. Necessity cannot be wanted, desired for, it happens, when it happens.
It is also the Necessary Effect that is most devastating. In martial arts, you cannot deal with a person well versed in the Necessary Effect, because there is simply no opening for an attack to materialise. A necessity person is just nice in everything, a perfect being. If a person has too much of a something, imbalance resides. If a person lacks a something, weakness prevails. A person with Necessary Effect will not attract an attack, hence there is no need for a defense.
So try not to be a nice guy, be a ‘Just Nice Guy.’ you won’t finish first, nor will you finish last.