Coincidentally, this evening Harry sensei talked a lot about stance. How to stand and how the way we stand affects the alignment of the body. the pointing of the toes will dictate the orientation of the body, and how this affects the way we are centred, or not.
He made us all stand up and correct our stance, sort of like getting the alignment with our posture, and after Harry sensei corrected our stance, there was a lot of wobbling, in a Singaporean colloquialism, ‘Hand like leg, and leg like the hand’. People in the dojo were simply not comfortable, because to a certain level, our advanced student (including yours truly) has gotten complacent and took our stance for granted.
And Harry sensei insisted that we do not give our hands to our partners, and rather let the partner come to our hand, and in doing so, entered our centre, allowing us to dominate our partner’s centre. Which means that our partner have to risk sacrificing their centre to attack us, and we being centre will be ready for any attack and our stance will allow us to move at a moment’s notice.
Harry sensei explained it, he likened the stance as a spinning top, the centre, centred and there is a steady hum of spiral motion. But a spinning top is not stable, but again when it is spinning at a high velocity, it can do a lot of damage. so my interpretation of the Aikido stance is that it is a perfect state of flux, not too stable until it becomes static and yet maintained a good physical range of movement to remain mobile.
Some stance needs to maintain rootedness as it necessitates a kick, or an aerial movement. Aikido does away with all that and the way we stand in Aikido brings a lot of centre into our posture, when the stance is properly studied, it has no opening for an attack. neither is it provoking. It just is. a person adopting an Aikido stance, is naturally un-aggressive neither passive.