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Aikido, Ki, and Perspectives on Aikido

by George Mc Masters

 A note from the Editor:
I felt that I should share George's note with all of you. I found it to be a candidly honest and respectful view on Aikido, Ki, and Aikido interaction.
Please enjoy,
Cheryl Matrasko
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Hello everyone at Aikido-world,

First of all I wish to add my sincere appreciation and congratulations to the Aikido-world team (and other contributors) for the quantity and more importantly the quality of the articles. technical guides/tips and photographs that make up your site.

I regularly recommend to my students that they visit your site and absorb what they can in order to deepen and further their understanding of Aikido and it's principles.
Excellent... please keep up the standard!!

Just a couple of points I would like to voice - in response to the question of the existence of ki. A long time before I began my training and study of Aikido, I felt or was aware of something, some essence (I apologize now for sounding either esoteric/crazy/quasi religious . . . . I hopefully am none of those, but no doubt we all have our moments), and dependent on the circumstances - at times that sense of something seemed to be more in 'evidence' or 'manifest' especially on an instinctual / physiological basis. True it is my humble choice to state that I for one do know/believe of the very existence of such an energy (whether in it's dynamic or passive phase) and in truth to even give it such a 'label' as I have... be it force/energy/essence/ and since practicing Aikido - ki is simply a way of convenience in communication. I do not press my own thoughts or beliefs on my students, if they ask whether I believe such an energy as ki exists then I do freely admit to that, give one or to anecdotes and demonstrate insomuch as I am able to, the 'use' of ki within Aikido technique (sometimes experience is the only way to gain some understanding).... and I am also aware that after only several years in my practice of Aikido it is a very long journey with no end, well I do like travel!!!

As with many topics, and human nature being as it is in all it's myriad ways, people will always find something to contest or challenge (even when many of them practice a way or art that encourages and fosters the principle of harmony) Everyone has a right to their own opinion, and sometimes it is a compromise of agreeing to disagree.

The one thing that I do attempt to gently 'eradicate' is egos - not personalities, but abrasive and disruptive egos, not always an easy situation - and of course I have to be aware that my own personality does not become egotistical.

Sadly I have witnessed so many times dan grades (of varying degrees in Aikido (and other ways and arts) that have a disagreement with one another and due to the egos and temperaments involved it has led to negativity and attempts at one-up-man-ship and not wanting to be seen to 'back down' creating animosity and even a 'split' in/from the dojo and in relationships generally. It is also difficult when those at loggerheads then try to sway others to take sides in something all to often counter productive.

Oh well . . . no one said it would be easy . . . but as it is often said - nothing worthwhile is . . . .

Aikido . . . so quietly amazing . . . especially when true harmony and exciting dynamisms of the purer technique is experienced, even witnessed.

Thanks again to all concerned,
George McMaster
Zenshin Kokoro Aikido,
Art of Fitness Dojo,
Hull, Yorkshire,
United Kingdom


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