Don’t allow the slightest opening in your aikido!
“Michio Hikitsuchi: No one articulates O-Sensei’s message better!”
In this video, Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei stresses the importance of not waiting for your opponent to strike. He explains “to wait for the other person to strike means that you become conscious of the person as an adversary, and it’s no longer aikido.” We encourage you to ponder the deep meaning of this statement as we watch today’s video clip.
If you’ve been watching this series of videos of Michio Hikitsuchi Sensei, you will have noticed a profoundly different vision of aikido emerging. This is Morihei Ueshiba’s aikido in all its depth and beauty. And it’s waiting for us to discover and apply to our personal training!
Here is a glimpse of some of the many key concepts explained by Hikitsuchi Sensei in this course. Do you understand these principles and are you applying them in your aikido practice?
- Sincerity of attack. In your role as uke, do you attack with full intention and sincerity? Aikido relies on both parties bringing a pure energy to practice.
- Inryoku. Attractive power is what checks uke’s will to attack. It is what instantaneously stops the ki of uke when he thinks to attack.
- Seizing the initiative. One must control uke from the very outset of the encounter. To wait for a person to attack is to become conscious of him as an adversary. We lead to transcend being the attacker or the defender.
- Katsuhayabi. Speed independent of space and time. In Aikido, the issue is decided at the instant of the encounter. It is decided at the instant uke and nage come together. Uke thinks to attack, but he himself is struck.
- Shinken shobu. Action in dead earnest. You must put everything you have into your aikido as if it your life were at stake. Otherwise your true heart will never manifest itself.
- Masakatsu – Agatsu. True Victory, Victory over Self. The true aim of aikido is not victory over an opponent, but purifying and attaining victory over oneself.
- Shugyo. Ascetic discipline. The practice of aikido is a discipline for polishing one’s character and living life in harmony with divine nature.
- Takemusu Aiki. Aiki giving birth to martial techniques. An expression of his ideal of the highest level of aikido where techniques perfectly suited to the immediate circumstances surge forth spontaneously.
A 38-Lesson Advanced Course by Michio Hikitsuchi, 10th dan!