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Processes not objectives

Great Aikido class last Monday. We had to do several techniques in a row. Each one was well known like Ikkio, Shiho nage, Irimi nage and Kote gaeshi.

But the big difference was in the fact that we had to do three of them in a row. This helped a lot in trying not to focus too much on the final result, the projection of uke, but more on the flowing of the techniques, on the process itself. We had to “feel” it in depth, in tasting each and every second and step of the process, to better the sensation of the contact itself.

Tamura Sensei explaining irimi nage

I found it extremely positive because too many times we are so focused on the final result that we forget to enjoy the steps to get to it. So doing we loose too much. We loose most of what we are doing every day.

Staying with your uke during the long time necessary to do three techniques in a row gives you the possibility of having a long contact, perceive changes in uke’s attitudes and reactions, feel different kind of strangth at different times. As a final result you can have a better, deeper and longer sensation and gain more experience from what you are doing.

Our Sensei always repeats: “Stay there! Stay in touch with your uke and create a better contact: feel it as much as possible”. Does this work for aikido only or does it apply also to other aspects of our life? I think the second is the right answer.