In Aikido we strive to maintain balance and freedom under unusually confined circumstances. Eventually we are able to move with that freedom which leads to a natural expression of the form based training. And with patient practice a more spontaneous, creative and non primal option begins to express itself. This takes a long time. Consider how long this primalness has been the only option you have had to work with. It will take some time and dedicated effort to make it a secondary response.
Why go through all this effort? For a trophy? Nope… not in Aikido. No trophies. It’s not a sport. To be a badass killing machine? Again no…. We strive to act with a more conscience non primal action. To cause little to no harm.
Why Aikido? Because it’s the long term practice of something difficult. The experience forces us to face our tendency to be impatient with ourselves and others. Ongoing training hits the many walls that we unknowingly created as barriers to protect ourselves.
Why Aikido? We are most powerful when we are not protecting our limited sense of self.
Why Aikido? By repeatedly facing ourselves in the dojo we slowly burn off some of the complexities of being human.
Why Aikido? It’s a way of tapping into the vast potential of being human. Neither male or female just human. A way of moving forward into the world. Ultimately taking action.
That’s the difference between an ordinary human stuck in the narrow confines of the self, and a realized martial artist. The martial artist doesn’t react to the world. He or she takes action.