Harry sensei used to say this a long time back, ‘In Aikido, you have got to hold 10,000 hands.’
He repeated this yesterday and it reminded us about how unique and challenging it is to learn Aikido. No two opponents are alike and no two hands are the same, some grip tight, some grip firm, some grip soft for a large person, some grip, well like a dead person.
Harry sensei says the most important move, is the first one, the first move has to displace, off balance your opponent first, so irrespective the opponent, or the grip, the balance must be broken, or taken first.
So we need to practice a lot, and his word is 10,000 hands. that is the ‘Key Performance Index, KPI’ for Aikido then. So have you had your 10,000 hands yet?