There is this study of physics for the Theory of Everything (ToE). Loosely speaking, it is a Mother of all theories. That means that whatever there is out there, there should be a mathematical explanation for it. Well, I am not a physicists, so I’m only quoting very, very loosely.
In martial arts, we are also trying to discover our own ToE. In our context, a ‘theory’ that will allow us to handle all forms of attacks. defend ourselves against all comprehensible (for some, incomprehensible) form of offense.
Some finds it in karate, some in Muay Thai, some Savate.
So what kind of ToE does Aikido attempts to expound? More importantly, what do you think Aikido as a martial arts attempts to expound?
But in trying to find our ToE, we have to be careful not to fall for sweeping statements kind of ToEs. Martial arts in its physical form, exists in many, many variants, to explore the ToE at the physical level would be very dangerous, as one would be lulled into thinking that being a good and proficient Muay Thai fighter would make one an ultimate martial artist. Most of the martial arts concentrate on a specific physical conditioning, so being good at one discipline, physically, will not make one physically fit to be the ‘king’ of all.
It lies in the ‘software’ department, if one is really into finding a martial arts equivalent of a ToE. Is it the proverbial ‘nirvana’? or enlightenment? Well, that is an experience, whereas a ToE is exactly that, a ‘theory’. So a theory does not makes the experience, a theory merely attempts to explain an experience. And our attempts to unravel the ToE is already such a monumental one, let’s not think about nirvana first. Or should we?