Last Wednesday, we did a technique that seemingly doesn’t make sense. Cristian muttered to me, that this specific technique doesn’t make sense. Perhaps it seem too vulnerable, too unnecessary, too ‘extra’.
I couldn’t make sense of what Harry sensei sometimes teaches as well, and his technique is changing, it varies as much as the weather here in Singapore. Overall the whole form is there, but sometimes, there are small changes here and there. It can be challenging.
Nonetheless, I followed. is it a case of monkey see, monkey do?
More often than not, it is not easy to make sense of an Aikido technique, even a seemingly ‘simple’ one. The movement is a matter of relativity in motion as it really depends on your uke, and the motion and range of the momentum. No one technique is effective against ALL attackers.
Sometimes, some techniques seems weak as it appears to open itself up for counters, and if applied against a strong opponent, it might not work. And at times, in the midst of turning and circling, we seem to brings ourselves into our opponent’s direct line of attack.
It is difficult to explain that, as no single motion is the same. Aikido when practised in its purest sense, is ‘perfect’ as there is no attacker nor defender, as both entities blend seamlessly into each other, like a celestial love making. And matter of feelings, seldom makes any logic, any sense.
And sometime it takes a non-sense technique for us to make sense of our lives and what we are doing here.