Training: “It’s about Transformation!”

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Aikido is a transformational art, not a technique-based art!   [August 12, 2013]

Said NSS (my other Sensei) in last night’s training. This was in particular after I wanted him to critique a technique of mine (sankyo) in front of the whole class. He stated that from the way I moved, I was more interested in “the hit” – accomplishing the technique – rather than allowing myself to be transformed first – then letting the technique complete itself.

The main lesson here: allowing yourself to transform into the person who does the technique appropriately, rather than simply “doing it” at your current state of being/existence.

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