Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

True play

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

This is a big one. I will not say much here, yet.

It is Sensei Bert Bennett’s whole view.

It shows up as joyful, engaged, flowing, physically dynamic learning.

It is this felt sense of true playfulness which is so attractive and enticing about this dojo.

The moments of connection, the learning in these moments.



December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Bert Bennett has an embodied way of being he refers to as vertical (as distinct from horizontal).

The more I explore this, the more wisdom I discover.

Embodied connection with gravity (and environs–grounding, extension, flow), feeling (in the chest, empathy, fear, care,…), and cognition (thinking, language, narrative, stories believed-lived-told). These three anatomically stacked ways of being in the world are at their best when all in play and given primacy from the ground up.



December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

A fundamental practice.

Awareness combined with staying/accepting (not pushing, not withdrawing) is the basis of being and learning and unfolding toward what is most attractive, most integrated.

I am becoming much more aware of the reactions and tensions in my body. This awareness allows me to return to my practice of breathing, extending, and supple spine.


Line, a committed path

December 31st, 2010 · No Comments

How to blend!

A line, is a person’s present, committed path, to take care of something…

To avoid collision, to blend, to co-create, to move together one must sense the other’s chosen line.

One must choose and commit to one’s own line, and then move together, blending, flowing, connected, thus staying out of harm’s way and helping the other on their path.