If I could express the same thing with words as with music, I would, of course, use a verbal expression. Music is something autonomous and much richer. Music begins where the possibilities of language end. That is why I write music.
Jean Sibelius, 1919
Replace in your mind ‘music’ with Aikido. … and then perhaps try to experience it on the mat as ‘something autonomous and much richer’.
In our daily life many of us play tough roles and are in need of means to cope. Coming from warrior tradition Ki Aikido offers a unique way to resolve conflicts in a non-violent way. Since its primary focus is training of the mind, it is accessible for everyone and perfectly fits modern society, where we are more often involved in conflict on a social level rather than in direct physical confrontation.
One night while watching a dancer, and inwardly
condemning her tours de force as barbarisms which would
be hissed, were not people such cowards as always to
applaud what they think it the fashion to applaud, I
remarked that the truly graceful motions occasionally
introduced, were those performed with comparatively little
effort. After calling to mind sundry confirmatory facts,
I presently concluded that grace, as applied to motion,
describes motion that is effected with economy of force;
grace, as applied to animal forms, describes forms capable
of this economy; grace, as applied to postures, describes
postures which may be maintained with this economy;
and grace, as applied to inanimate objects, describes
such as exhibit certain analogies to these attitudes
That this generalization, if not the whole truth, contains at least a large part of it, will, I think, become obvious, on considering how habitually we couple the words easy and graceful; and still more, on calling to mind some of the facts on which this association is based. The attitude of a soldier, drawing himself bolt upright when his serjeant shouts “attention,” is more remote from gracefulness than when he relaxes at the words “stand at ease.”
Our international Ki AIkido Course in London is over. We are beyond grateful to Sensei Hughes for teaching, to all the members from the UK, Vancouver, Toronto, Port Dover, and Hamilton for coming, and to London Waldorf School for providing us with the beautiful and spacious place to practice. We congratulate Farjam Azad, Ani Popescu, and Ron White with their brand new and well deserved Black belts! We feel inspired and passionate about what we are doing and look forward to many more beautiful courses from Ki Federation of Great Britain.