Irresistible Aikido

If we learn our art well, we will find ourselves irresistable to people. People will find themselves irresistable to us. its not about the laws of attraction. Rather its about offering nothing to people to resist, therefore people cannot resist us.

Harry sensei is quite adept to doing this, his strength at and 70 odd years of age, certainly does not comes from his physical, biological source. How much more strength can an old man offer against a person half his age? His strength comes from our strength.

I relearned this again in class on Thursday. Resistance against him is futile, simple because there is little of him to resist. When he offered his hands, and when you hold his hands, his hands becomes you. He has trained so long and hard that he can give up his strength and take yours instead, as if he is telling me that using my strength to move myself is the most logical thing on Earth.

It is, isn’t it?

He is able to tap into my power and simply allow me to do what i want to do. In fact the resistance i offered to him, is simply the resistance i offer to myself. he can access that part of my psyche and turn that ‘fight’ against him to become a ‘fight’ against myself.

Partly he does that by being more centred than me, after when i come into contact with him. he is able to disrupt my centre so much that i simply lose interest in attacking him, fighting him, because i am too troubled with my own unbalance.

You can only resist, when there is a certain tension felt, and opposing force detected. i tried to detect this force on Thursday. like using the ‘blending’ in kind of policy. I held his hands in a gyaku hanmin, kata te tori , fashion and i felt a ‘resistance’ when i tried to pull Harry sensei’s hand, so the smarty ass me, thinks in a sudden, “Since i cannot ‘pull’ down, let’s push up! ‘Bet that he will never see this coming!”. Bad move.

All Harry sensei simply did was allow my hand to rise. and since i’ve engaged my thought in up, the thought, the energy and momentum got accelerated when Harry sensei allowed and in fact lead my hand up. And because all the counter energy is now suddenly released,  with his agreement to let me raise my hands, i lost all balance and when my upward travel was exhausted, when else can i go? down. and down hard.

And it is not the first time this has happened.


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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