At its core Aikido is simply this void out of which the vibrations of the universe are released.
What will remain of the one who taught you the art will not be the technique he taught, but rather the touch he transmitted. Since techniques are what you see, and think about, while touch is what you actually feel, experience, and what will dwell within you and resonate out of you long after all techniques have lost importance.
Until you trust the void you cannot live in it, and only by living in the void can one be at home in the universe.
To throw another man is not the fulfillment of aikido, the fulfillment of Aikido is in helping him rise.
Aikido becomes as easy and natural as walking once you understand there is nowhere to go, nothing to do except be present wherever you are.
Gravity is always why we fall, as if when not centered our own weight were being used against us, as if by attacking another we had turn on our own self.
Only by looking deeply into yourself may you then begin to see through others. Not only into the terrible darkness of our nature, but into the light that shines out of it.
Some men do not know their own strength, but fewer yet ever realize their true power.
Aikido changes the way we see everything around us. When falling the earth may appear to move, the sky fall and then a hand pass before our eyes like the fluttering wing of a bird.
When two, rise as one, the flow forms that momentary arc of aikido out of which chaos falls away and calm and grace remain.
To be deeply center is not to take on the weight of the other's life, but to share responsibility for the outcome of the world as well.
Centered in the universe, gravity no longer holds us down since we have ceased to struggle with our life on earth, but begun to flow with it.
From the very first lesson it seems we are being taught to surrender to the art, as we are taught to drop to one knee, then bow are heads and fall.
Before we can truly learn any technique that will free us from the grip of another, we must grasp the more profound principle, which teaches us not to struggle for control in our relationships with other.
To take the center of the other at that instant when you touch is to become part of the flow.
The center does not have to be developed like a muscle, but simply discovered and expressed.
Balance can only be taken from those who are already out of balance. Only those who are already falling can be thrown. Aikido only works on those who are out of alignment with the universe.
Sometimes the only way to recover is to fall.
When a joint lock isn't used to gain power, but to discipline aggresion, then nikkyo is no longer punishment, but pain a teacher.
Aikido becomes difficult the moment we begin to struggle with ourselves.
In every relationship there is a place of balance. Relationships work only when two form one center.
A dojo becomes a sacred place, only when the mind is allowed to build a temple. No Equipment, no concepts. No pictures on the walls, no images in the head. All the flow of aikido needs is space and a mind uncluttered by time and thought.
When you become aggressive or turn into a lock the pain increases, when you surrender or turn away from the pain of the lock decreases. As if Aikido had it's own build in intelligence, it's own code of ethics.
In AIki, often pain intended is equal to pain received.
In AIki, often pain intended is equal to pain received.