Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Aikido as art of energy redirection

Aikido can be viewed as energy works for the redirection of energy. It is mainly executed through redirecting one's opponent's forward energy through turning his wrist in one's desired directions, which can be rather elaborate for seasoned Aikido practitioners. From demonstration tapes, the throws look spectacular, but looking at them closely, an observe can see most happen as follows: a contact with the wrist of one's opponent, feel("listen to") his direction of energy (mind/body of the practitioner must be relaxed and focused in order to feel successfully) , and finally redirect it with the objective of executing a throw. Needless to say, it takes a lot of practice to execute a perfect "throw", even in demonstration. The concept of "feel" is very similar to "listen to jing" (聼勁) in tai-chi. The following demonstration tape clearly showed this redirection technique to a keen observer:

The next question: what is its relevancy to a combat situation? This is what MMA superstar Bas Rutten has to say on this subject:

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