“In the case where an enemy comes at you with a live sword first grab some dirt off the ground (actually, it’s OK even if there’s nothing) and throw it in the enemy’s eyes at the same time leaping forward…” – – – Kobukan training diary, 1938
So one of the things we covered in the first Atemi Workshop was the idea of ‘a catalyst’. A tiny thing can create a great change. For instance: how many molecules of a match catch on fire first? One. But you can melt steel from this tiny thing. You also can reach Mars. It’s pretty good what we can do with just a spark.
So you can think of atemi as a creative spark.
You have atemi when you’re driving the car and someone hits full beam. It changes your attention doesn’t it? Can you NOT be affected by it? You might be conscious of what you do, but your pupils still dilate.
Atemi would be like putting cream of tartar in eggs so they whip up and make foam. It is a tiny thing that changes the structure of something.
So we say: sen. Initiative. We want to change the energy, in order to seize the initiative. But not in an aggressive way, not in the sense of harming, even if we physically strike them.
It seems like that you can’t do that. But that’s not true. And that’s one of the beauties of this.
Sunday, March 13, at the dojo, 12:30-5:30, $25
Please park at Elm Grove Park.
for more information contact Kimbal Anderson Sensei (208) 407-7590
…practitioners of all styles of aikido welcome…