Aikido Ki Power Right Here!
Aikido Ki Power, sort of an oxymoron, eh? Aikido is not about building power, it is about…uh, isn’t ki sort of a power? And if you try to separate ki from aikido you are left with what? Tricks? Techniques with no force?
So I was working out in the dojo late one night. The regular students had gone home, and there was only six of us left doing rolls and making our ‘mystical’ moves.
One of the advanced black belts came out of the office, looked at us, and sauntered over to us with a subtle smile.
“You guys want to see somebody levitate?”
We looked at each other and laughed. We were too pragmatic to believe in such fol de rol. We didn’t know he was about to prove a little Aikido Ki Power.
First he set arranged us.
One of us sat on a simple folding chair. Two of us placed a single finger under the sitter’s armpits, and two of us put a single finger each under his knees.
“Okay,” said the Belt, “Now lift him.”
Well, we tried. But it was silly. We couldn’t lift him, and we knew it. The sitting one just laughed at our efforts.
Four fingers trying to lift a couple of hundred pounds? No way this was going to happen!
“Okay, now take your hands and place them on his head. Don’t press down, just lay them there.”
We dutifully stacked our single and unsuccessful hands atop the sitter’s skull.
“Now don’t say a word.”
We were all quiet, and the Black Belt stared at the clock on the wall. After sixty seconds he said, “Lift!”
We each placed a digit under a knee or armpit, and we…THREW HIM AT THE CEILING!
He squawked and windmilled his limbs in the air! He went well over our heads, maybe nine feetup9, and we had to catch him when he came down.