The Skill and Theory of Aiki－My personal View
The history of Aiki is long, however, it is not well described. Morihei Ueshiba O’Sensei learned this from Sokaku Takeda Sensei of Daito-ryu Aiki Jiujitsu, which can be said that it was the first time for Aiki to be revealed and recognized widely. Though I myself have learned Aiki from many Grand Masters and trained for 50 years, still, it is difficult to express what it is by words.
O’Sensei has left his words in his calligraphies and one of them says “気のみわざ 赤白玉やますみ玉 合気のみちは小戸の神業”, which can be seen most frequently. I believe this Do-Ka must contain the ultimate secret of Aiki and show the way to reach it.
Aiki is a kind of technique that makes the opponents concentrate on one single point by the process of “simultaneous push and pull action”. Push and pull at the same time? I know it sounds contradictory, however, it is very important to make the opponents recognize the contradiction by using this conflicting action. The high concentration seems to make the opponents’ level of consciousness decrease and lead it into denatured one. Also, at the same time, Aiki takes their eyes, which could generate cognitive conflict inside of them.
Aiki tempts the opponents’ consciousness by “giving myself to you” action and make them recognize the contradictory motion. Those two interfering information would control their consciousness and make them confused, which could appear “frozen in panic” as a result. In this way, Aiki could be a very effective and practical measure to put the opponents under your control.
However, there are more commentary impossible phenomena. To reveal them one by one, we need to work out for Aiki disciplines. Through them, we have to find a locked space so that we can charge into the next step, namely the work of finding the key of the space.
Article written by President – Nobuo Maekawa Sensei