Aikido: physical, emotional and energetic

Aikido: physical, emotional and energetic

There is a lot of talk about what aikido really is. Is it self-defense or is it philosophy? Is Aikido about the material or the spiritual? Or is it just two sides of the same coin? Or, on the contrary, are they two halves of Yin-Yang, which are inseparable from each other?

We can unequivocally say that the hero of the legendary series “The X-Files”, Agent Mulder, was absolutely right, who claimed that “the truth is somewhere nearby.”

Martial arts – strength and responsibility

In the martial arts, it is difficult to separate one from the other. Physical development clearly affects both mental and spiritual development. At the same time, spiritual development opens up new physical opportunities that seemed previously unattainable.

Applied Aikido is undoubtedly a very modern self-defense system, which is responsible for teaching students to fight back any aggressor. But there are several questions that we must answer, at least for ourselves:

  • Can we give tools that can harm someone, without laying down any moral and ethical principles?
  • Is it possible to teach a child to break someone’s hands without investing in an understanding of responsibility?
  • Is it worth teaching to see the fine line between the concepts of “do no harm”, “do no harm, unless absolutely necessary” and “do no harm if there is no other choice”?

All these questions one way or another, sooner or later every martial arts teacher asks himself. After all, strength does not come alone. Responsibility and awareness of this power must come with power. Otherwise, this is an extremely dangerous story.

So, many are sure that any tools and means can be used to preserve their health. We fully support the thesis that the preservation of human life and health is a priority task. This is what we teach our students. But the most important thing is not to forget in this whole story that besides black and white, there are other colors and shades in this life.

Actually, is it worth hunting a mosquito with a baseball bat? The fact of the matter is that a slight blow is enough, but a bat can do more harm to others than a mosquito could bring. Therefore, we stand for the expediency and compliance of the threat and the response to it.

Thus, Applied Aikido teaches more than just defense. We teach more:

  • correlate aggression and the response to it;
  • use words where they are more appropriate than fists;
  • we teach to fight back when words no longer help.

Actually, this is a fine line, which must not only be understood. You have to feel it. And it is the ability to feel that comes with the development of skills. After all, it is not difficult to cripple a person. It is difficult for this person to recover later.

Therefore, any Budo, including Applied Aikido, is about doing everything wisely. And in this case it is impossible to separate physical development from psycho emotional.

Budo as a path to self-knowledge

The more a person trains, the more he understands himself. He learns to control his body. He learns to control his emotions. Mastering his fears and weaknesses. He learns the limit of his capabilities and tries to move it as far as possible. In the end, he just begins to understand himself better.

At the same time, of course, there are accompanying achievements:

  • the level of self-confidence rises;
  • posture is leveled;
  • well-being and mood improves.

Thus, the physical influences the emotional. And the emotional, in turn, encourages further development. And then the small stream turns into a large river, which feeds on everything that it sees around.

Over time, a person begins to walk a little differently, otherwise reacting to some manifestations in relation to himself. The martial artist becomes more self-confident. And this confidence is not really the primary goal. It can be called a collateral achievement. Or, some pleasant “side effect” of training.

Actually, an interesting point is that some spiritual practices and yoga are aimed at achieving this inner balance. This balance and state of “inner silence”. But martial arts give this option to boot. This is not the first priority – to achieve exactly this state. But this is what comes in the process of training.

Exactly exhausting regular training with constant repetition and grinding of the technique is a kind of “ritual” that brings a person into this state when you are here and now. When you don’t think about anything else. Everyone who is engaged in martial arts understands that when a blow flies at you, you do not think about your everyday problems:

  • do not worry that there is a steam at work;
  • you don’t think that it’s time to hand over the project;
  • do not argue about what the weather will be tomorrow;
  • or what kind of traffic jams were this morning.

The only thing a person can think about at this moment is how not to miss a blow. This is the maximum concentration at the moment.

And not just at the moment, but on the fact that now someone is directing a certain energy in your direction, with which you need to do something. Either block or redirect. Actually, in the case of Aikido in general, and Applied Aikido in particular, a more appropriate option is to redirect. Use against an opponent.

And this is what you learn step by step, training after training, year after year. Feel and redirect momentum, or energy. It could even be said here that your training is aimed at learning to master the currents that are raging around you.

Aikido is much more:

  • it’s not just about learning to feel;
  • it is to learn to feel the other;
  • see his intentions, notice the slightest movements;
  • feel where it is better to tell and redirect the energy that is now aimed at harming you.

Thus, the simple practice of simple mechanical movements, over time, passes into a completely different plane. Someone will say that this is ordinary physics. And someone will argue that this is already working with energy and everything depends “on the level of enlightenment.” By and large, both of them will be equally right.

The question simply lies in the depth of immersion in this topic, in the thinking and nature of martial arts. After all, it is the martial arts that teach you not just to master your body. They teach you to conquer your own mind and spirit. And in this process of constant self-improvement and self-knowledge comes a deeper understanding of the processes that are happening around.

Everyday life and the way of the warrior

You could hear stories about how two warriors simply converged and stood opposite each other, without even taking out their weapons. And just looking into each other’s eyes. Some people call these things “mental combat.” When a duel seems to take place in the heads and thoughts of opponents, it is decided and ended there. For our part, we can say that if we do not go into these details, then by and large, people simply assess their chances in a potential fight.

We have already written a little higher about self-confidence. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses. And that over time you learn to “see” all the same in the person who stands in front of you. Therefore, from a pragmatic point of view, this “mental fight” can be called an assessment of one’s own capabilities and an assessment of the opponent’s potential.

When people see the same cold, calm and balanced determination in front of them, they understand that the opponent is most likely ready to go all the way and he will have enough skills and endurance for this. And two well-trained people understand the price they both have to pay. Therefore, they decide to stop at the “mental duel”.

But let’s try to transfer this situation to the modern world. Of course, in adulthood, conflicts are somewhat different from those of children. Why it is useful for children to practice martial arts, we wrote in the article 5 main reasons to enroll a child in Applied Aikido . But adult life has its own characteristics.

Each person has moments that affect him and “turn on with a half-turn”:

  • when someone shows aggression towards you;
  • when somebody raises its voice;
  • when someone begins to behave inappropriately.

And if the matter does not turn to physical contact, but is limited only to the listed manifestations, then, as a rule, people easily respond to aggression:

  • raise their voice in response;
  • begin to behave as aggressively;
  • or vice versa, they try to avoid conflict and are embarrassed;
  • feel resentment or powerlessness – the emotions that appear in response can be different.

But, as a rule, these are emotions. Whatever they are. This means that the provocation has achieved its goal.

But you can try to kindly respond to the irritation of a loved one. In general, do not react in any way to provocations from unauthorized persons. In most cases, this approach will make the person provoking you embarrassed and stop. After all, if there is no response, then the interest in the quarrel very quickly fades away.

Or consider in more detail conflicts between loved ones. Before getting into a fight, you can try to understand the reasons for negative emotions:

  • difficult day;
  • blockage at work;
  • somebody yelled on their way home, or cut them while driving.

Everyone can continue this list and remember many situations that, from outside the family plane, have passed into the intrafamily one. Fatigue, irritability, external triggers and scandal is ready.

That is, a person throws out negative emotions, because he cannot cope with them. It splashes out negative energy that has gathered over a particular period of time. And there are two options here:

  • conflict in response;
  • understand the situation and try to settle it.

Actually the first one is about emotions. Everything is simple here. But the second is about understanding yourself. About mastering your emotions. And also about empathy and mastering the energy of another person. And redirecting this energy. That is, to give emotions a way out, but directing them away from yourself.

In this situation, you understand the importance of the relationship between you and a loved one who is not in the mood right now. You can simply by external signs understand the state of a person. And try to resolve the conflict as much as possible even before it appears. Ask how you are doing, make a cup of tea or coffee, cook or buy something tasty. This will give the person good emotions and let the negative go the other way. Thus, preserving your relationship.

Martial arts and emotions

Actually, this is also about aikido. It’s just that many think only of the physical component, rejecting the importance of emotional, inner or spiritual work on oneself. But this moment develops in parallel with the training process. You are not in the business of learning to read other people’s emotions. But you get this skill as a bonus. Of course, if you want, if you are ready to improve yourself and be honest just like that in front of yourself.

Now let’s get back to the situation with the two warriors. Warriors that have been practicing Budo for a long time. Who are good at feeling their own emotions. Good control over themselves and their energy. Can see and evaluate the mood and reactions of other people. And now they see the same opponent in front of them. Who has reached the same level of understanding others and understanding himself. If the opponent is strong in this, if he holds up well, if he shows a willingness to go to the end, is it worth it to engage in battle with him, realizing that no one will emerge victorious from him? After all, can there be a winner in a quarrel? Can people who yell at each other win? Everyone will remain unconvinced. And in this case, this situation is perfectly illustrated by the following thesis “No one will be a winner”. So is it worth fighting?

Therefore, in any conflict situation, there are three options for the development of events and answers:

  • stop or block;
  • skip;
  • redirect.

Consider both sides:

  • physical;
  • emotional.

You can block the blow. A strong blow and, accordingly, its hard blocking will bring painful sensations to both participants in the process. After all, just stopping a very strong blow always hurts. Soft tissue contusion, bruising, or even fracture. But in any case, this is a stop of movement. And then or there will be the next blow, with which something will have to be done. Or you will have to make your own efforts in order for the opponent to start moving where you need to.

The same story with emotions. Simply taking them upon yourself means extinguishing them and completely absorbing them. If these are negative emotions, they will also result in unpleasant feelings, such as resentment. If these are positive emotions, simply by absorbing them, you have completed the process. The person will either have to continue to show their emotions, or you will have to put yours somewhere. But this is also a kind of stop. Or a purely consumerist way of perception, when you absorb without giving anything in return.

The second option is to miss the beat. Step aside, deflect the attack. Remain unharmed, but at the same time lose physical contact with the opponent, which in turn will lead to a second attack. Or you just need to run, if you understand that now the advantage is not on your side.

So it is with emotions. If someone shows them, then you can just brush it off and move on. As if nothing had happened. And here, just like in a duel, everything is simple:

  • or you leave the place / person and no longer face the manifestation of emotions;
  • or expect a second surge, which you also miss, in the hope that over time this flow will stop, in the absence of your interest.

And the third scenario is amplification redirection. Actually that moment, which is often spoken of as the main principle of aikido. Unite with the attack, redirect it in the direction you want and add your strength and momentum to it. How will it end? Options, as for selection:

  • excellent technique;
  • good throw;
  • complete control of the situation and the opponent.

Because the initiative is in your hands. You just take the energy from the blow and use it for your own purposes.

How does it manifest in life? It’s simple:

  • if you are shouted at, and you amplify negative emotion with your shout and send it back, you will get a conflict;
  • if you are loved and cared for, and you show warm emotions in return, you will get a harmonious relationship based on mutual understanding.

Emotionally polar opposite results. But they are absolutely identical in terms of saving and increasing energy. Strengthening – you get more. So much for the use of aikido in everyday life.

Or we can give an even more prosaic example. Imagine the doors at the entrance to the subway. Yes, these are incredibly heavy, which, after being released by the one in front, fly in your direction with incredible force. What are you going to do? The choice is still the same three options:

  • Try to stop them flying towards you, with all your might.
  • Wait until they stop to open it calmly.
  • Wait for them to “go” in the opposite direction and add quite a bit of your strength to open them wider and calmly pass.

So much for aikido: redirect, amplify and use fit. This is also the law of conservation of energy. It just doesn’t go anywhere and doesn’t come from anywhere. Therefore, choose your option, but remember:

  • stop – it hurts;
  • wait – you can take a long time;
  • skip, strengthen and direct to your advantage is the best option.

Actually, it is worth stopping at it. And many do so without even realizing it. Or like in the movie “Karate Kid” in the episode with a jacket and a hanger. Some things only open over time. The transition from physical and supposedly directed towards oneself into energy and directed towards another.

But in the context of training, this comes with time. In the process of monotonous, regular and persistent practice of techniques and techniques. Everyone comes to learn how to defend themselves. To fight back the hooligans. And in addition, they get something much more and much deeper.

However, this is rather a conversation about the principles of aikido, to which we will return in a future article. In order not to miss it, subscribe to our official Facebook page. And if you want to join us in learning the art of self-defense and self-knowledge, then all the necessary contacts, schedules and addresses of our dojos can be found here.