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answers that came to me made me the student yet again. I was grabbed and removed my wrist with ease as if a child was holding and not the same person who just held and stopped a few of my top-ranked teachers/students. I removed my wrist again and again with ease every time. This baffled me as it has done for many years. This power that allowed me to move with ease even with two or more attackers gripping was beyond me to explain. I put it down to doing forty years of basics, of clean techniques and development of Kokyu. Imagine having this confident power, never concerned that you would need to struggle out of a grip. I must have settled for that answer in the past and gave it to those who looked on with amazement year after year, but now I finally had the answer to the question that had eluded me for so long. The answer came to me so clearly: “The technique is strong Tony. You do not have to be.” There was no visible change in me to observers; the change was within me, in my mind. If the technique is un-touched by thought and only performed in a technical way it will work. I then understood that being strong meant in my mind and not where I previously thought, in the body. Over the years, without consciously realising, I had been slowly changing my attitude to how I approached my attackers whilst they prepared for or made the attack itself. On this teaching day I realised I did not think of being Nage, the ‘winner’, but more the joy of the timing of us both in harmony. I had over time removed the want to win, with the result that I had become more powerful. I thought it was Kokyu but perhaps I still have that to find. If you send out a thought that you have the need to overcome your attacker they will sense this and find strength. You will see and feel this as them resisting your flow and may make it impossible to achieve without using a great deal of strength and determination. The final answers to all long-term questions appear to have something in common. They are all simple! We know the answer all along but we just never understood it. Despite trying harder all your life and yet discovering that you would have succeeded more if you hadn’t, seems another paradox, a contradiction, but still the journey may have been necessary. To fully understand not wanting conflict with others. . . at last the answer is found and learned. Now we are free and closer to O-Sensei than ever before.

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Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido  

A selection of pages from "Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido" by Tony Sargeant

Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido  

A selection of pages from "Takemusu Aikido: A Martial Artist's Journey of Discovery in Aikido" by Tony Sargeant

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