In the following video I demonstrate how the movements contained in TDD 1 and 2 relate to a common technique. Hopefully one can begin to see how the movements can be present everywhere. Try not to let your attention get caught in the kata. Rather, look at the body movements trained in TDD 1 and 2, how they are present in my body, and how those movements create changes in whatever is contacted.
REMEMBER – These movements can be made with, or without, Aiki. Aiki is the balancing of the forces (Ki of Heaven and Ki of Earth) in an inyo (Yin/Yang) relationship via intent (Ki of Man). The solidity of the Earth cannot be seen. Gravity cannot be seen. The intent of a Human that brings these forces into an inyo (Yin/Yang) relationship cannot be seen. Therefore AIKI CANNOT BE SEEN. Did I say that Aiki cannot be seen? Aiki cannot be seen!!!
Therefore, you may, or may not, be seeing spiral movement, technique, etc. that is the result of Aiki.
A word about the videos: Most are filmed in one or two takes. The studio vids are usually made first thing in the morning when the house is quiet. The dojo vids are usually filmed on a Saturday morning before training. (You can tell I’ve just gotten out of bed because my hair is messed up, or I’ve wetted it down because it is messed up!) There is no written plan or dialog. And, the majority of the time (hours still) spent is on post production editing.
Perhaps some day, when I have more time, I will go back and make better editions of the vids. When possible, I’ve been taking video during my seminars with the hope of using that as B-roll material.
One likely couldn’t tell from my blog, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist. However, what I discovered after 50+ years is that perfection is never achieved. That is good news because it means that no matter how long one trains, one can always learn and improve. With that in mind, I started the blog in an effort to satisfy growing requests and my sense of obligation. When I began I didn’t intend to use video because it is so limited, particularly in the case of this subject matter. Nevertheless, people proved themselves serious about their desire for that medium via their generous support. So I again felt obliged to satisfy that request. The current vlogs are a result of that.
While I have a lot to share, I also still have a lot to learn. Together we can continue to improve!
~Allen Dean Beebe
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