Monday, September 24, 2007

Seminar With Hal Lehrman Sensei

Another exceptional seminar weekend (OK, for some it was a weekend. For me it was a Saturday, but anyway..) I'm still recovering, of course, but it doesn't hurt too bad if I don't move. heh heh The takeaway: I'm learning to relax more into my techniques. This is a new development for me. Of course releasing tension has been a goal for quite a while, but only now am I feeling any success with it. Sure, there is still "habitual tension", but now and then I get it right.

When done correctly, Aikido should feel like you really aren't doing anything actively. You just happen to be in the position where the attack is neutralized. Ideally, an attacker doesn't realize anything has happened. They just happened to lose their balance and fell.

One thing Sensei mentioned is that it's great to practice good stance and posture, but at the advanced level there is no form. The point is to be aware of where every part of your body is, and also to be aware of where your partner is.

Hal has been practicing for 43 years, as long as I've been alive!


Blogger uchi deshi said...

I like the observation that Aikido shouldn't feel like you're doing something - that you're just in the middle.

Did I mention I added you to my links?

8:41 PM  

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