This term, Brookside College invited me in to conduct an initial 5 week program for some of their students in years 4,5 & 6.
I’ve just gotten all the responses back and we will be continuing the program in Term 4 with ALL students back on the mat! We’d also like several more Brookside students to join us.
The eight children were very excited to practise evading my wooden sword strokes in an imaginative game, rocking and rolling on the mats and of course, learning how to blend with attacks and lead their partners off balance and to the floor.
There is an alternative to fight or flight! Aikido is active and assertive, insisting on harmony. The more one practices, the less there is need to use force or violence to protect oneself.
What’s more, they learnt how to calm and focus their minds at their “One Points” (at the very bottom of the abdomen) and their partners applied pressure tests to make sure they were doing it properly.
When the mind is focussed in this way, we return to our natural state where mind and body are one.
Not only is it an essential human learning for a life of calmness and resilience, it also makes our bodies very balanced and solid! Aikido’s power comes from being in this state.
Due to the growth of our dojo population, we are going to be having an extra class each week on Thursday night, 6.30 – 8.00pm.
This class will be aimed at fundamental practice, making it ideal for beginners, although all levels are welcome.
Topics that we will be looking at:
- The Principles of Mind & Body Unity
- The Principles of Aikido – Both Throwing & Receiving Techniques Safely
- Ki in Daily Life
- Ki Meditation & Ki Breathing
Ki Aikido with Michael Geisner…..
Why do Ki Aikido with me – Michael Geisner?
People do Ki Aikido because it is a unique martial art.
It’s not another “punch & kick” style like Karate or Tae Kwon Do. Instead of trading blows, we learn how to get out of the way, take control of an attack and bring a swift end to the conflict without being aggressive or violent.
It’s not a sport. Aikido is done in a co-operative way – we provide each other challenges, but it’s all done in the sense of making each other better.
It’s a way to protect yourself without relying on strength, aggression and violence.
Instead, we learn to be calm and focussed and use our body properly and learn correct techniques.
It’s great for all people because they can be effective no matter what their size, age, personality.
I have taught 5 year olds how to hold me down on the ground and I can’t get up. (and I’m an average size adult male)
We also learn a lot about our minds and bodies – we learn meditation, breathing, movement skills and great posture. It’s about a healthy, harmonious way of life.
The harmonious strategies people learn in Ki Aikido impacts their lives. I’ve taught people in high stress, conflict ridden jobs, people who want a happier outlook on life, kids who are being bullied…
Everybody has conflict in their lives and Aikido can help them learn how to respond in a much better way.
Becoming a more violent person is not the answer. Being more confident and harmonious is!
20. Selfless Virtue
Even if One is infinitely reduced, it does not become Zero. Words and actions are like this; once they have gone out, they do not disappear forever.
A good cause brings a good effect, a bad cause brings a bad effect – what we give out always come back to us.
Before we wish for our happiness and our descendants’ prosperity, we must build up good causes where people do not see, where we do not seek reward. This is called ‘Selfless Virtue.’
And the highest form of Selfless Virtue is earnest practice of the Way of the Universe and leading others and bringing about this practice.
Some people think Aikido takes a LONG time to learn.
This video is a case in point.
This ten year old and his mum came along today and in the last half hour of class, I showed them how to get out of the way of a punch and guide it safely to the floor so that even much bigger attackers go sprawling.
No bruises, no fighting, no agro.
I call this EFFECTIVENESS and it teaches children the best attitude in human relationships and life.
Want to know what takes a long time to learn? Trying to become stronger, faster, than others to defeat them. Even if this is achieved, it is surely temporary success and only relative.
This attitude also sets one up for a LOT of struggle with life and life always wins.
There is conflict in the relative, winners and losers, stronger and weaker, but the great truth is that we are all one.
If you want to learn martial arts, you need proper in-person, body and mind instruction, not a video. I only did this one to show viewers the science behind my previous one about punch & tackle defence. Too many people these days have fickle attention spans. They either say, ‘Wow, amazing. Wish I could do that!” and then click on to something else so they don’t have to actually MAKE AN EFFORT or they say, “Too good to be true. It can’t be real.’ Both of these attitudes are the trademark of people who don’t achieve results.
Conversely, those who attend even one class can do a LOT! If a ten year old boy can make up his mind he wants to learn it, then so can you.
This is the power of TURNING UP TO CLASS.
You’ll see what I mean in my next video.
Here is an updated version of a video we made back in 2013, showing how easy it is to blend with these attacks, when we apply principles of Aikido & Ki.
I’m doing the throws, but my students also do them with each other and on me, too. When it’s one on one and nage applies the lock properly, there is not much uke can do.
And the wonderful thing is it does not require superior size or any muscular strength at all and the pain of the lock is mainly created when the attacker struggles against it and their own violent strength rebounds back to themselves.
Put the attacker’s arm at the correct angle and a child can hold down a strong adult holding one of their fingers…. Sound too good to be true? Probably does if you don’t know martial arts,
The front tackle is a popular contemporary attack probably because of its success in MMA tournaments.
I don’t watch that much UFC at all, but I have rarely seen blending with attacks.
Surely if they put effort into learning how to blend rather than resisting, they would do very well.
In any case, cage fighting is a sport, albeit a gladiatorial one. It’s totally different.
Aikido presumes that one or both people have a weapon. If they don’t, it’s your lucky day.
If they do, then ma-ai distance is going to be VERY important.
Rushing in and attacking someone who knows what they are doing is foolish. Imagine charging in and tackling someone who is ready with a knife?
In the end, the game of ‘what if?’ is endless – better to take some action, even if it’s not perfect.
19. The Power of Presence of Mind
A concentrated intention penetrates even boulders, a radiating attention tames even tempests. From where does this mind emanate?
Those who accomplish a great thing are surely those who master this power.
From molecules to atoms to electrons, when the waves of the mind have been calmed to their smallest and one is completely unified, there arises the great power of presence of mind that is connected to the Universe.