Wimps Gonna Whine! Winners Gonna Win!


Practice makes comprehension:

Okay folks: Sokaku Takeda said, “Aiki is easy, don’t teach it openly.” Or, words to that effect. Sagawa Yokiyushi said, “Only smart people can learn Aiki.” Ueshiba Morihei laid it out there for everyone . . . and? Crickets!

Takeda thinks, “Aiki is easy.” Sagawa thinks that if you cant learn it you must not be smart. Ueshiba thought that your personal Kami would understand what he was saying and teach you in time.

So what? If Aiki is easy, then what? Are you stupid? Is your personal Kami taking a coffee break? Are you waiting to be spoon fed just the right words, in just the right way, at just the right time, such that you can effortlessly experience an enlightening epiphany raining down upon you in a golden shower?

If so, I apologize for wasting your time.

I’ve got nothing to offer you but hard work, frequent frustration, and the knowledge that with every achievement there will come increased knowledge of your limitations. You are a super special snowflake and deserve more than I can give. Fly! Fly and be free! Only you will know just how unique and truly special you are . . .


For those of us troglodytes (look it up) that have resigned ourselves to the unavoidability, of hard work, and frequent frustration,

For those of us that actually allow ourselves a little guilty pride in the knowledge and abilities gained through our hard work, and despite of our frustrations,

For those of us happy to see progress despite our recognizing the increased knowledge of our limitations,

I invite you to challenge yourself! Below I have listed topics already covered (although generally and without much detail), do you know them? Can you recite them and explain them? Can you explain them in more than one way? Can you provide examples of them? Can YOU personally demonstrate them?

I have something I call the 150% rule. It states that an individual must experience a minimum of 50% beyond the outer limits of their expectations before they will stop to consider that what has happened cannot be explained by what they “know.”

Macro Cosmically there are:

Ichi Rei
Ni Ki
San Gen
Shi Kon
Hachi Riki

Microcosmically there are:
Mu/Wu: Wherever, and whenever ever we came from and to what we return to before we were born, during our life, after death

Ichi Rei:
The, what (and when) we are now. The, “self” identity.

Ni Ki:
Dualistic Reality (the reality which every “one” lives in) which comes into “existence” instantly, just as soon as we identify a “self,” relative to “another,” a subject relative to an object.

San Gen:
Normal Force
Consciousness, but in terms of Aiki, intent which gives rise to Aiki. (What is THAT intent?)
Shi Kon:
This is: Four cardinal directions, defining the points of co-axial rotation. Where are these in all parts of the body?

Hachi Riki:
For every point at which two forces meet orthogonally (90º) there is a resultant force vector (45º). With four cardinal directions and four resultant force vectors there are eight potential forces in total.
Aiki 1: What is it? Can you do it? (Hint: It is less “doing” and more “un-doing.”

Aiki 2: What is it? Can you show it? Really? Are both sides of the circle equal?

Aiki 3: What is it? Can you show it? Really? Bet you can’t!

Where is Aiki in your body? Everywhere in your body? When? Why? How?

Aiki: Is the manipulation of forces (usually the two primary forces) using intent (the third primary force) such that they are in a Yin/Yang relationship.

What does that mean? How does that work? How do you make that happen in you?

How do you train it?  How do you measure it?  How do you know it is real?


I’ve just begun, but until you can answer the questions above, you are done!

Re-read the posts. Ask questions. Figure out the answers for yourself. Prove it! When you are wrong, move on. Right is somewhere else!

Don’t just be a talking head. Don’t hide behind a teacher or a tradition.




Think about the Aiki greats. Show me an Aiki great, and I’ll show you an individual that did the above! Think about it. Which one allowed themselves to be hemmed in by a tradition and/or organization? Which one became “a great” without demonstrating greatness? Was there an Aiki great that became great by having greatness bestowed upon them by another? I don’t think so. They didn’t get there on their own, no. They each had help, yes. But greatness, their greatness, was only attained through sheer force of will and exceptional perseverance!

I cannot think of an easier time, or a more opportune moment to access the knowledge that is required to attain Aiki. Simultaneously, I cannot think of a time in history when it is less likely that individuals will avail themselves of this chance.  

Its up to you.



The next post will likely be written on a plane, and uploaded from the other side of the world . . . as if the world had sides.

p.s. Yeah no pictures this week. You get what you pay for. No! Really! You get what YOU pay for. Want something? Stop whining and start paying!!!

Want a lot? Be prepared to pay a lot! (No, not to me, I’m so cheap I’m free! (And, it’s not about “other” adulation, nor “self” adulation.)  Start paying your dues, in sweat and the little grey cells! There ain’t no other way! And stop giving a rat’s behind what other people think.  That concern will just get in your way.  Normal is right in the dead center of the bell curve, and that is NOT where you want to be.  Put your mind’s eye on the prize and go, go, go!  

¡Los debiluchos lloriquean! ¡Los ganadores ganan!
La práctica hace la comprensión.
Okay gente: Sokaku Takeda dijo, “Aiki es fácil, no lo enseñéis abiertamente”. Sagawa Yokiyushi dijo, “sólo la gente inteligente puede aprender Aiki” Ueshiba Morihei lo puso al alcance de todos…¿y? *sonido de grillos*
Takeda pensaba, “Aiki es fácil.” Sagawa pensaba que si no puedes aprenderlo es que no eres inteligente. Ueshiba pensaba que tu Kami personal entendería lo que te estaba diciendo y te enseñaría a su debido tiempo.
¿En qué quedamos? Si el Aiki es fácil, ¿qué pasa? ¿Sois estúpidos? ¿Vuestros Kamis personales se están tomando un café a su bola? ¿Estáis esperando que os den de comer como a un bebé, con las palabras correctas, de la manera correcta, en el tiempo correcto, para que podáiss llegar a experimentar sin esfuerzo una epifanía iluminadora lloviendo sobre ti en una ducha dorada?
Si esperáis eso, os pido perdón por malgastar vuestro tiempo
No tengo nada más que ofreceros además de trabajo duro, frustración frecuente, y el conocimiento de que cada logro vendrá con una conciencia mayor de vuestras limitaciones. A lo mejor eres un copo de nieve super especial que se merece más de lo que yo puedo dar. ¡Vuela! ¡Vuela y sé libre! Sólo tú sabes lo único y especial que eres.
Para los trogloditas que nos hemos resignado a que la frustración frecuente y el trabajo duro no pueden evitarse de ninguna manera.
Para los que culpablemente nos permitimos tener un poco de orgullo por el conocimiento y las habilidades que nos hemos ganado a base de trabajo duro, a pesar de las frustraciones.
Para los que estamos felices de ver progreso a pesar de ser cada vez más conscientes de nuestras limitaciones.
¡Os invito a retaros a vosotros mismos! Abajo he listado ideas que ya hemos cubierto (aunque de forma general y sin mucho detalle), ¿las conocéis?¿podéis recitarlas y explicarlas? ¿podéis explicarlas de más de una forma? ¿podéis poner ejemplos de ellas? ¿ PODÉIS demostrarlas personalmente?
Tengo algo que llamo la regla del 150%. Dice que un individuo debe experimentar algo que esté al menos un 50% fuera de los límites de sus expectaciones antes de que pueda pararse a pensar que lo que ha ocurrido no puede explicarse con lo que ya “saben”.

Macrocósmicamente hay:
Ichi Rei
Ni Ki
San Gen
Shi Kon
Hachi Riki
Microcósmicamente hay:
Mu/Wu: Lo que sea y cuando sea de lo que venimos y volvemos antes de nacer, durante nuestra vida y después de morir.
Ichi Rei:
Lo que somos ahora. “Nuestra” identidad.
Ni Ki:
Realidad dualística (la realidad en la que vivimos todos) que llega a existir instantáneamente, cuando identificamos una entidad relacionada con otra , un tema relacionado con un objeto.
San Gen:
Fuerza normal
Consciencia, pero en términos de Aiki, Intención, la cual da lugar al Aiki (¿Qué es ESA intención?
Shi Kon:
Las cuatro direcciones cardinales, definiendo los puntos de rotación coaxial. ¿Dónde están esos puntos en todas las partes del cuerpo?
Hachi Riki:
En cada punto en el que dos fuerza se encuentran ortogonalmente (90º) hay un vector de fuerza resultante (45º). Con cuatro direcciones cardinales y cuatro vectores de fuerza resultante hay ocho fuerzas potenciales en total.
Aiki 1: ¿Qué es? ¿Puedes hacerlo? (Pista: Se basa menos en “hacer” que en “no hacer”)
Aiki 2: ¿Qué es? ¿Puedes demostrarlo? ¿De verdad? ¿Son los dos lados del círculo iguales?
Aiki 3: ¿Qué es? ¿Puedes mostrarlo? ¿En serio? ¡Apuesto que no puedes!
¿Dónde está el Aiki en tu cuerpo? ¿En todos los puntos de tu cuerpo? ¿Cuándo? ¿Por qué? ¿Cómo?
Aiki: Es la manipulación de fuerzas (generalmente las dos fuerzas primarias) utilizando intención (la tercera fuerza primaria) de manera que estén en una relación de opuestos Yin-Yang.
¿Qué significa ESO? ¿Cómo funciona ESO? ¿Cómo haces que suceda ESO dentro de ti?
¿Cómo entrenas ESO? ¿Cómo mides ESO? ¿Cómo sabes que ESO es real?
Sólo he empezado, pero hasta que puedas contestar a las preguntas de arriba, ¡tú ya has acabado¡
Vuelve a leer los posts. Haz preguntas. Descubre las respuestas por ti mismo. ¡Demuéstralo! Cuando te equivoques, sigue adelante. ¡Lo correcto está en otra parte!
No seas un loro repitiendo cosas. No te escondas detrás de un profesor o una tradición
Piensa en los grandes del Aiki. ¡Múestrame un grande del Aiki y te mostraré a un individuo que hizo eso! Piensa sobre eso. ¿Cuál de ellos se dejó atrapar por una tradición u organización¿ Cuál de ellos se volvió “grande” sin demostrar grandeza¿Algún grande del Aiki llegó a ser grande porque otro grande le confirió la grandeza? Yo creo que no. No llegaron a ella por sí solos, no. Tuvieron ayuda, sí. ¡Pero la grandeza, su grandeza, la consiguieron a base de pura fuerza de voluntad y perseverancia excepcional!
No se me ocurre ninguna época en la que haya sido más fácil o un momento más oportuno para acceder al conocimiento necesario para conseguir Aiki. Al mismo tiempo, no se me ocurre un momento en la historia en el que sea menos probable que la gente aproveche esta oportunidad.
Depende de ti.

El siguiente mensaje seguramente lo escribiré en un avión y lo subiré desde el otro lado del mundo…si de verdad el mundo tuviese lados.
Posdata: Sí, no hay fotos esta semana. Tenéis lo que pagáis. No, de verdad, tenéis lo que pagáis. ¿Queréis algo? Dejad de lloriquear y empezad a pagar.
¿Queréis un montón? ¡Prepararos para pagar un montón! No a mí, soy tan barato que soy gratis (y no se trata de adular a otro ni a ti mismo). Empezad a pagar vuestras deudas en sudor y células grises. ¡No hay otra manera” Que no os preocupe una mierda lo que otra gente piense. Esa preocupación sólo os estorba. Lo normal está en el centro muerto de la curva de una campana, NO queremos estar ahí. ¡Poned el ojo de vuestra mente en el premio e id a por todas!



13 thoughts on “Wimps Gonna Whine! Winners Gonna Win!

    1. Thanks Allen. That sounds timely. I’ve been pondering the 8 powers (Hachi Riki). This exists in CMA also although it’s difficult to decipher – and determine how it relates. Seems the negative must always exist otherwise we’ll be lacking balance. Anyway, can’t wait for the post. Hope the seminar is a blast! 🙂

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      1. Hi Raymond,

        Please keep in mind that while the eight powers I put in on the graphic are accurate, I am not 100% certain that they are in their proper places. I think I wrote that in the blog, but just wanted to be sure it doesn’t cause any headaches for you.

        As far as negative powers goes, I’m using the term here strictly in the sense of “complimentary opposing power,” not in the sense of “undesirable.”

        It is a funny thing. I get the sense that a few individuals took the spirit of my latest post to be “negative” in the sense of “undesirable” or “discouraging.” Of course communication is often colored by the experiences and expectations we bring to it. And as I have written in a former blog, I am fully capable of saying all the wrong things for all the right reasons.

        Oh well! As Chuck Clark says, “Don’t quit and don’t die.” Somewhere along the line I’m bound to improve!

        Thank you for your comments Raymond!,


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  1. Thanks for the tip Allen. I really like this post. It reminds me of what I so often forget – ie. to question what we know, or more importantly “think we know” in light of new information, experience, knowledge, discoveries etc. It’s also a way to appreciate the gains in knowledge and understanding we make along the journey. 🙂

    You’re so right in terms of this information never being so freely available. What a fantastic age we live in, very exciting!! Mind you, it all comes down to generous individuals like yourself, so thanks again!


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    1. Hi Jean,

      Wow! What a great question!! I think I’ll try to answer that, to the best of my present ability, in my upcoming blog post.

      The answer to the second question is, “Yeah, kinda maybe.” The trouble is the “Aiki Body” is a body that has adapted to the task of creating Aiki. It isn’t Aiki itself anatomically speaking. Remember Aiki is the manipulation of forces via conscious will, specific intent. The body adapts to that. That is why an Aiki body can be identified. Kind of like one can look at the callouses on a persons fingers an guess that they play a stringed instrument. The callouses aren’t “guitar playing” or whatever. They are the body’s adaptation to guitar playing.

      One cannot see Aiki but one can see the effects of the presence of Aiki.

      So I can point to several individuals that have an Aiki Body, and can display the effects of Aiki. But when it really comes down to it, both have to be felt.

      If one knows what one is looking (feeling) for one will likely know upon touch. It is hard to hide from one who know what one is feeling for. Both hard to hide ability and inability!

      But that is the heart of problem isn’t it? “If I don’t know, how do I tell?”

      That is what makes your question both so hard and so good.

      I’ll give it a shot!



  2. I know you are Bill, as am I! Thank you!

    And congratulations again on your impressive military achievement and generous gift to our country! You willingly sacrificed part of yourself for the sake of others. I know that the wounds, and lives lost of others have in part become your wounds which you will likely carry with you for the rest of your life. But, please know that you also carry many people’s gratitude and respect, including mine.



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