Karate is street-fight simple; everybody understands a punch and a kick. Aikido belongs to a higher order of martial art. It marries self-defence with a filial concern for the wellbeing of the attacker.
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We were made for this, summoned and destined for this—to ‘play’ (as the Chinese say of tai chi) with adversity in a composed and skillful way.
A higher intelligence
While unpacking the intricacies of the tornado kick, my esteemed Chen teacher paused to say, “The mind is inherently lazy.” (Mind was hoping to keep this a secret.) Later, with the same placidity: “The legs are strong but stupid. Kicks are for ending fights, not starting them.”
To restore your power, drop the shoulders. Let them settle at the waist.
More suffering is caused by men who take offence than give offence. The quicker we take offence, the more resistance we have. Jesus’ Zen-like teaching on this dukes the mind: Resist not evil.