I experienced another side of this when 10 years ago I trained with a Ki Society dojo. They were excellent people, kind warm and generous. That being said, their training culture lead them to a place where they were creating their own set of cause and effect relationships that exists outside the real world. One day the teacher waved her hand in front of my face. She looked annoyed and said "you are supposed to fall." I smiled and fell at the appropriate time, but never did I return. To each his own, I just wish Aikido people did not train like that...why can't it be just the 'no touch knockout' George Dillman guys?
I heard at a party a few years ago a few Aikidoka from another dojo here in town talk about aikido as a 'meta martial art' Something about the connotation of that I have to disagree with. Yes we are shooting for a higher level of the game, technically, ethically and spiritually - but we are still a martial art.
Charles Clark sensei made his stance clearly in a seminar many years ago. Sensei said "Some people say aikido is a spiritual art and the fighting element should be de-emphasized. Well I love to shoot. I find shooting to be be a very spiritual art form. But even though it is spiritual...I use real fucking bullets"
I chose to keep the swear word as a part of the statement, because I think it really drives that point home. Sure, be in a martial movement culture. Sure, have it be a spiritual art form. But at the end of the day, train in a martially valid way.
Which brings me to the inspiration of my rant. Honestly I am disappointed by this next display. But rather than leaving a lengthy comment (which I wrote twice and erased) I will let my readers decide for themselves.
Yoshinobu Takeda sensei teaches at Shonan Aikido Renmai in Yokohama, Japan and currently holds a 8th dan through Aikikai Hombu Dojo.
I often saw this kind of aikido in Japan, and I am nervous about saying I even practice this art.
I am an opened minded fellow. If someone wants to knock me over from across the room with ki powers - please come on down...I am begging you. I will erect a giant bronze statue of you and shave my head and follow your teachings. While I am open, I am sure not holding my breath.