Van Sensei say:'Good discussion here!'
Yes, it is, isn't it?
'Would you kindly mind outlining your read on Master Tohei's means for doing ths?(overcoming the cocktail and using it to your advantage)?'
Be more than happy to, Sensei-let me get my Tohei Book to quote from, for starters.
number one, prevention if possible.
'Some people like to tell battle stories but I always reprimand them by asking them how they got into the state where they had to tell such tales.
I ask them if they had nothing else to do before that.'pp 107-8.
My read on this is:Be sensible and aware of the possibillity of a conflict breaking out or escalating, and at the first sign of it take measures as one can to avoid or deescalate it.
Step two;Mental preparation for a variety of attacks.
'In Aikido with mind and body coordinated we think of the many ways in which an opponent might attack and over and over again practice ways of handling such attacks following the prnciples...
We sink this into our subconscious mind and train ouselves so tha, even in a surprise attack,we unconsciously act and move the way we should.'p.111
Key word here is unconscously, imo.
Step three:Process and principles.
1.Keep one point(seika no itten)
3.keep weight undeside
The whole book centers on teaching in extremely practical terms how to do this.Drills and things to actually do to enable and implant every part of this.
Now, Master Tohei says you can dump all frustrations and tensions into the continually contracting by half , one point, and if you can keep this mental image, you can reroute the cocktail.Into infinity where it can do no harm.
Step three:walking the walk:
"Strength of action is born from inner calm.For this reason, if we have that calm,regardless of how rapidly we react,we will not upset our breathing.A person who has not mastered this calm will disrupt his breating, and even a little activiy will dull the action of his limbs.Though a man may be ordinarily highly skilled at his techniques,if his breathing is uneven he cannot perform them.If he is facing one man,his opponent will lose control of his breathing too, and everything will be all right.If, however, he is fighting four or five men,if his breathing is rough,he will soon find himself unable to move at all....To master action in calm and calm in action you must conentrate all of your spirit into the one point in your lower abdomen.'
This art comes from Japanese swordsmanship, and this technique is passed down from those ancient soldiers.We are talking people who survived it, here.
And it may be as simple as keep your breathing under control, centered in the one point, like we do in Kata, and stay calm in action.
Tohhei gives a busload of simple successive excercises teaching how to very quickly learn to do all this, but warns that practice needs to continue for a long tie, or habits easily acquired are easily lost.
So my read on his method is that it is very simple, indeed, but siple does not equate to easy.Tohei has tried to make it as easy as it can be, but it still comes down to practice.
Maintaining the one point in peace is easy-to maintain it in case of battle is a matter of preparation, visualization, practice in a realistic manner, and 'grace under fire.'
Does Tohei's method deliver?Well, easy enough to find out, if someone has a Blue Suit around.:-)
I think it just might.
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