Strength Did Not Avail Her, but Relaxation Did

In this video, my helpers are holding me with a great deal of strength to stop me from getting free of their grip. First, I show how it’s impossible to escape with strength alone. Indeed, without any momentum to work with, I can’t even get started on doing a throw.

Then, using Aikido properly with completely relaxed mind and body, I show how the technique can be done. It is always hard to see how much strength the attackers are using because they are not meeting with resistance! I can assure you that they were holding me in the exact same way as before, when I was using my own strength.

Want to be able to throw off stronger or even multiple attackers? You absolutely cannot learn it properly without a coach who is experienced – so this video is a demonstration to inspire you to get to class!

I have read that children who stand up to bullies and defeat them WITHOUT hurting them earn more respect from peers and teachers than those who fight fire with fire.

One 8 y.o girl student of mine, Maggie, started Aikido painfully shy, tense & bullied by a boy in her class.

Since she was learning to relax and move freely, the boy soon found that Maggie was not so easy to intimidate anymore, but a few months later, he upped the ante and determined to really scare her.

He enlisted two other boys to ambush Maggie and hold her arms so that he could punch her in the belly.

This is a serious attack, and Maggie had not learnt the rather advanced throw here, but she knew how to relax and go WITH rather than AGAINST their superior strength. Also, and most importantly, she had learnt to not STOP HER MIND.

With a simple move that she had practised over and over in class, she flung off one boy and then the other. Then, she shoved the main bully to the ground. As he went to pick himself up, no doubt surprised and embarassed, she shoved him down again. He tried again to regain his feet, but Maggie would have none of it and pushed him down a third time!

The main bully realised that they were no match for little Maggie and shrugged to his buddies, “C’mon guys, let’s go..” They stalked off.

This is one of my favourite Aikido action stories and I was very proud to have helped Maggie accomplish this for herself – how empowered she must have felt!






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