Fearful people, feeling cornered, lash out.
If you fight the knife, the knife will win.
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Isshinkai Aikido - straight to the heart of the Art of Peace
We are not pacifists, but we do find Peace through our practice. Our Aikido is a robust and gentle martial Art that unleashes energy.
Energy is released by Harmony and Freedom within. Dis-harmony and fear strangle it. Abundant energy is a hallmark of good Aikido.
We practise “Connection” which is the antidote to “Separation”, and this works dynamically, even at a physical level, both within the individual and inter-personally. Our method identifies 5 choices essentual to sustaining connection and vaporising fear. And then we train in the technical application of those choices in movement for personal safety, or what you might call self-defence. To the outsider, the result will probably look and feel powerful.
This is the essence of our Aikido - an effective way to protect yourself without joining-in with the violence - a way that works beyond the context of self-defence; in life generally. To the participant in training, it looks and feels like enjoyment, relaxation and abundant energy.
So, our training gives us choices, where previously we might have seen little choice.
“Separation” is a process of dehumanisation of the “other” and of one’s self. It is the practice of Fear. Separation leads to giving Fear control, and thereby losing control of the situation. Separation is an essential prerequisite to violence. Whether that violence is in the form of belittlement, marginalisation, trolling or a physical attack; be it domestic, self-harm, street fighting or full scale war, the “other’s” humanity must be diminished first. No war could be waged without first separating Peoples. It is in the nature of this poison that at first it seems of little consequence and justified. When seperation starts, few people realise how easily, how far and quickly it can escalate.
If we were fully aware, in the moment, of how alike we really are, violence would be unworkable. If we walked a mile in each other’s shoes, and came to understand each other’s dreams and fears, violence would become inconceivable. But, of course, both parties would have to do this for Peace to prevail. It would be naive and unrealistic to think we could avoid having to defend ourselves in every case.
If you think you are immune to this and are incapable of violence, individually or collectively; think again. When we dilute people’s individuality and humanity by lumping them together into a crowd, swarm or wave, when we focus exclusively on the differences between us and ”her” “him” or “them”, when we practice fear by creating the “other”; we prepare the excuses for violence, and provide it with motivation. With enough fear and enough pressure, violence is second nature to us all. Fearful people, feeling cornered, lash out.
To think others are capable of violence but not you, is deluded, and is to have started separation already. Violence and fear can only be defeated by developing the skills for an effective alternative. That is a “Win-Win-Win” that takes place in every session in our Dojo’s and within each one of us every day. We start with ourselves.
Separation and violence are the same poison, and a fact of life. We take the antidote.
Isshinkai is an international community of people who share a belief in the principles of Isshinkai Aikido, and in their value when applied in life, for the greater good. All of us practise these principles in some way. Some simply support what Isshinkai does, and many of us root our study in the regular practice of Isshinkai Aikido. We look on this as a form of further education: learning, in a non-haphazard way, some of the most important life-skills often not learnt effectively in schools, colleges and universities.
Isshinkai organises and supports Isshinkai Aikido - and also offers training outside that context to share some of this value in other activities and life-challenges. These include areas like sports performance, organisational development, personal development, career development, education and training development, mental health and resilience, energy and balance.