Friday, September 05, 2014

Don't make your own job harder

A natural corollary to all this "Be gentle with uke" stuff I've been writing the last few days is...
If you are doing something that makes uke frightened or uncomfortable
Then he will naturally resist,
Therefore, you are making your own job harder.
So STOP.  You'd probably be better off doing nothing at all than doing something to make the other guy fight against you more desperately.
Ueshiba said not to do aiki that everyone can see, instead do INVISIBLE AIKI!
(...because if they  can see it and they know it is directed against them, it will make them spazz out and fight harder.)

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Patrick Parker
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