Many Enemies, One Way

There are many ways to skin a cat, as the saying goes. So the cat has to have nine lives to be able to have so many ways to get skinned.

Harry sensei constantly reminds us to be free, free in our movements, and not get caught with just one way of doing things. More importantly, is to be able to ensure that we are able to manoeuvre ourselves to safety.

If our enemies failed in a shomen uchi strike, you can bet, the attacker will follow up with another attack. and not simply, dumbly wait for you to fumble with your move.

He constantly repeats, “You not only have to be fast! You have to be accurate!” There is simply no second chance, no taking things for granted.

If we fixed our mind to use a Ikkyo against a Shomen Uchi, then when our opponents changes, we get stuck. Following Ikkyo we need to remain open that our ikkyo might not work, and we need to constantly refine, when it does not work, when else must we do?

Keep moving. as long as we remain in constant motion, it will be difficult for our opponents to get a fix on us. Similarly, we do not get stuck with the situation. Movement renders the current difficulty less difficult. Things only becomes untenable only when we keep going at it, refuse to let go and accept things as it is.

We need to discern the ‘one way’ from the ‘One Way’. What this means is that we often mistaken the ‘one way’, thinking that an ikkyo will work on all attacks. Expecting all attacks to be neutralised by ikkyo. It’s like the proverbial saying, when you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. WE need to dig deep into our tool bag, our tool bag can be loosely said as the ‘One Way’ and the hammer, is simply one of the many ‘one ways’ for us to express the One Way.


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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