At the recent children’s seminar in Germany, Sensei Raymond Scanlon taught a lesson explaining the importance of always adapting. Although this is a sentiment most people would agree with, many fail to follow it when they become adults. As we get older we seem to prefer what is comfortable than to what is true.
Martial Arts are the study of danger. This is a life long pursuit, As with most discplines, the more we practise, the more humble we become as we start to appreciate the subtleties of the art. We come to realise that we are playing with pebbles on the beach whilst the “great ocean of truth lies undiscovered before us”
In Aikido, we also learn to apply and receive technique during practise. This practise of receiving technique, ukemi, gives just enough stress to your bodies to keep it supple and active whilst leaving it strong. In this way, your body learns, as it ages, how it can continue to function effectively
Aikido is as technically complex as other martial arts such as judo or karate. However it is also theoretically complex. Therefore, during a life time of practise we are confronted by a host of challenges both physical and philosophical. Not only must we learn to keep our techniques martially efficient, we must also keep asking ourselves whether they are still harmonious, an art. This criteria ensure we keep revisiting and revising techniques again and again, adapting and refining them as we progress.
It is this continuous adaption that makes Aikido practise so valuable. We must learn to keep examining and challenge ourselves. By practising in this way we can transfer this attitude, of constant learning and evaluation into our daily lifes.