O Sensei Aikido is the True Aikido
O Sensei Aikido refers to the Aikido created and taught by Morihei Uyeshiba. He is the person who experienced enlightenment in the Martial Arts, and he is the one who organized and arranged his martial art to manifest that.
This question, concerning what is the real Aikido, is the question that confuses students of Japanese budo, and all the various offshoots. There are so many different schools, you see, and they can’t all be the truth, right? And this question, of there being many variations and interpretations, questions the validity of Aikido everywhere, for if the founder was right, then how could there be interpretation?
The concern can be resolved if one considers the truth of the universe. Morihei, you see, perceived the truth of the universe from his particular viewpoint, and he did an incredible job of sharing that truth with his art. But if one considers the truth of the universe as a single fact one can approach the art from an individually enlightened viewpoint, and not just from one man’s viewpoint of enlightenment.
Just so you know, I mean no disrespect to the founder, indeed, I have the highest regard, and I believe he would want me to question, and not just robot the techniques as the end all. He was not one to do the martial arts robotically, after all, he was an innovator of the highest sort. I think he would want real students to duplicate him on that level, as well as the level of endless and intense practice.
That all said, the truth of the universe, as shown by the yin yang symbol, and defined Neutronically, is: for something to be true the opposite must also be true. We can take this statement apart endlessly, and apply it to the universe. The art being one of doingness and action, however, we must consider this concept as it applies to the various aiki techniques.
When an attacker launches his aggressive move, the defender must perceive the move. To perceive the move not as just an incoming missile, though that is necessary, but as a completed motion in his own mind. Thus, the defender must see the entire picture of the motion, the entire attack and defend sequence, in his mind.
Once the mental picture is complete, and it must happen at the concept of attack, the defender must mirror the move. Right to left or right to right, the mirror of action will fit the attack much the same as a tailored glove will fit a hand, and the defensive attack will envelope the actuality of the attack in the real universe. If this is accomplished, then you are practicing the art as Morihei Uyeshiba he saw it in his moment of enlightenment.
There is perfection in this method, you see. Perfection of mind, motion, and technique. The good news is that this procure can be applied to any variation of the founder’s vision, O Sensei Aikido is that close to perfection.