Without imagination, there is no Ki. Without Ki, there is no imagination.
Sensei explained one evening after our jyuwaza, that our technique lacks imagination, hence we constantly found ourselves stuck.
Imagination, fantasy and dreams opens new possiblities, The reality which we live in is none other than the imagination the we created. In Aikido, how does a smaller person, overcome a larger person? How did O’ sensei created Aikido, when Daitoryu-Aikijujitsu is more established and potent? If O sensei stick with what he knows the reality of his training and qualifications, then we would be learning Daitoryu-Aikijujitsu, and not Aikido, and we will be acknowledging Takeda Sokaku instead of Ueshiba Morihei.
So we need to be creative in our training, we cannot simply look at our Uke, and think ‘oh, so be it.’ the greatest minds out there are creators, not only that they are creators, but they are able to bring their mind manifest into reality, merging the creativity with reality.
O sensei is one of such a person, he manages to bring the concepts of his mind into fruition. Anyone can imagine how to take down a larger person, but the reality is always different from our understanding of reality. and despite of our best efforts to practice, we often cannot break away from our difficulties, or when we can we take decades to do so.
Why do we take such a long time to learn something that is seemingly so ‘simple’? Because we cannot let go of our current reality, and we cannot use our creative faculty to handle the current reality. We let facts and information arrest us, and we subordinate ourselves to the whims of external influences, ignoring our own inner voices.
Think above and beyond the facts and figures, think of your opponent as not ‘uke’, think of humans as planets, drawn to each other, orbiting in an every so sensitive distance. How we can draw our opponent into our sphere with our gravitational pull, not just using our arms, elbows. imagine that our palms as a giant paint brushes, making beautiful strokes of calligraphy in the dojo. and our partners’ hands grasping ours help us make the beautiful calligraphy in the air.
Create, Imagine and Fantasize, and make these your reality.