What happens @ Embukai

An Emubukai, is a demonstration of techniques, by specific senior teachers. It is an extremely difficult endeavor to execute and yet, if you Google, or watch one on Youtube, it always look so flawless, so easy. So unbelievably smooth and effective.

Anyone would think, “Wow, in real life can or not?”

It is a demonstration.

it is different, only slightly from a Jyu-waza. Both may look similar on the face of it. but the mentality and psyche of both are worlds apart. In an Embukai, you have your teacher who is the proverbial ‘defender’ – the nage. and there will be one or more ukes, who are the teacher’s student. And predictably, everyone is sent flying by the Aikido master.

Yes, there is a certain level of cooperation in an Embukai, you cannot help it but make your master look good, to a certain degree of charity. It happens. This demonstration is an opportunity for the Aikido sensei to ‘sell’ his school and his style which of course he has to put up and impressive display!

What happens at Embukai can be considered a culmination of countless years and decades of jyu waza practice. And in Aikido, skills are developed rather naturally. if you have invested a specific amount of time and effort, you will be able to handle multiple attackers scenario.

But a Jyu waza is messier, because the cooperative element is lesser, the attacks are more dynamic and more aggressive. More often than not the Nage is not your teacher and probably your peer, or junior. It is more like a test, than a demonstration, and the appetite for failure is higher. You can fumble and tumble, you can get overwhelmed. But that is alright, because you have to fail to learn. and in Aikido, when you fail you are a learner, you are not a failure.

So the next time you look at an Embukai, don’t wonder the efficacy of the technique in a real scenario, because what happens in an Embukai, is potentially the furthers from a street fight. Instead, look and appreciate the display by a skilled practitioner who have honed the skills over years and decades of practice.


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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