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Three steps to create an 'Aiki Resolution'. Contains usefull directions for fencing too !

Geplaatst 24 feb. 2017 08:16 door Gerdy C   [ 25 feb. 2017 06:29 bijgewerkt ]
Below you'll find an instruction video of Aikido master Corky Quakenbush, who has visited us in Galgenwaard the last Wednesday before the summer retreat of 2016. It contains three steps to create what is called an 'Aiki Resolution', which is a solution for your problems in a competitive situation. And what's more this Aiki Resolution presents itself as 'flowing forth naturally' from the situation (with some training :-). In this respect it differs from reflexes, tactics or contrived solutions and it makes our responses more relaxed, since it benefits from the added help of different brain areas than we normally use on the strip. 

The word Aikido conveys this idea, as you can taste from its translation: The way (do) of harmonious (ai) energy (ki), or more freely, acting in a spirit of harmoniously blended energy. This favors a zone where you experience a better flow in your (re)actions and it shifts our Limbic system (elements of fear to loose or being at a loss what to do) to the background.

As clearly explained in the video below you use the following principles to get to an Aiki Resolution:

1- Accept (the attack, connect and stay connected during the next two steps)
2- Move of the line (of force - creating spirals in Aikido)
3- Enter in (go for the center of the attacker).

Please have a look for yourself and experiment a bit if any of these principles can be used in your own fencing.

What we experience on the strip is that the Accept part is very powerful for fencing. It is done simply by assuming an attitude with which you are receiving your opponent as good friend or relative, whom you'd friendly welcome and give your attention. Doing this you get to know your opponent better and harmoniously 'blend' with his or her patterns.

In the resulting contact you can then proceed with the Move of the line part, which translates on the strip to changing the line of the attacking blade or changing the position of the target (you :-).

Part three, the Enter in part at first sight would translate to our riposte, but an experienced opponent wouldn't let that happen and you could easily find yourself facing a parry. So if you do not find yourself hooked in blindly trying to go for the first best counter possibility you seem to see,  you'd make a fake riposte and see where you can go from there. But Enter in contains more.

What Corky teaches in the video is an 'energetic blending' which might add a valuable piece of equipment to your arsenal. He calls this a 'flood of Ki', which is aimed at the center of your partner. Noteworthy (but not mentioned in this video) is the special quality in his approach which he calls 'benevolent intention'. This benevolent intention is simply the opposite attitude of 'finishing off' your opponent. It is not elaborated further in this post, but if you're interested it is very easy to find examples on YouTube of how to use it (search terms: 'Akido' and 'benevolent intention').

We ourselves found that 'the flood of Ki ' can be translated to the strip by using an image, i.e. you imagine an 'energetic wave' to flow out from you towards your opponent, which often provokes a reaction. You might compare this with the reaction to a body fake. However using the 'flood of Ki' doesn't necessarily mean that your body is moving fiercely at all. It's using your imagination that produces the effect ! And while imagining this 'flood' or 'wave', you yourself might even experience a feeling as if indeed something is 'pouring out' from you.

What's happening here? Using your imagination like this is using the right hemisphere of our brain (the part driven by images). Our right hemispheres do not distinguish between 'reality' and 'imagination' and what's more, the right hemisphere of our opponent can pick up these signals (not necessarily on a conscious level if untrained). This can produce astonishing results, which often provoke a real hearty laugh for both of you !

Lastly and very (if not most) important: We found that what is constantly stressed in the video goes for fencing as well: You will experience greater success by having your attention on the center of your opponent. Avoid following the weapon ! TaiChi instructor Ian Sinclair has worded it as: Go for the driver not for the car !

Here's the video, have fun !

Three Principles To Create an Aiki Resolution