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May 2019 Blog


HARMONY


In practicing our art we speak of moving in harmony with our partner. What exactly do we mean "move in harmony"? If we watch a pair of talented dancers they clearly move in harmony with each other. There is no fight or force involved.


When someone attacks we do not resist, do not try to change anything, do not try to force Uke to fall. When practicing it is pleasant to be led in a harmonious level. It is not pleasant to be forced to fall. When students begin it is natural to try to make things happen rather move in a natural relaxed manner.


Take Nikkyo for example. I can remember seeing very advanced practitioners do this without touching Uke's arm. I wondered how this was possible. In reality they moved in harmony, (one point with one point), a feeling of a big (in lack of a better term) energy field (not two separate individuals) moving as one.


We should develop this way of being in everything we do, not just in a martial arts situation. When we drive or work on a project with another human being (or anything you can think of) it always more pleasant and productive when we have a feeling of harmony.


It is interesting to note that in the Navaho Nation when women (never men) weave their incredibly beautiful rugs they will not begin until they have a harmonious feeling with the nature around them, this includes the sky, the clouds, the desert, the rivers etc. Each rug also tells a story of a spiritual nature.


When I was fortunate enough to be Uke for Tohei Sensei I never felt uncomfortable taking Ukemi. The best way I can describe the feeling is to compare it with an ocean wave, no feeling of force, only a feeling that I was moving with (not forced to) a big energy field.


Kirk Fowler