In putting together my own Aikido I encountered much opposition. People said I was being disrespectful to Aikido and to the founder of Aikido. The truth however, is that when people understand the five steps necessary in my Aikido, they understand that I am paying the greatest respect to that wonderful martial art.
The first step in learning Matrix Aikido is that you must not resist your opponent. This is a classical concept, and points up that my method of learning does not deviate from classical concepts. When the attacker comes in, you give way, go with, do not resist, and if you do this then his resistance to your entering his technique will disappear.
There is a second half to this concept of not resisting, and it is to not resist yourself. The interesting thing is that this concept does not have to be elaborated upon when imparting it to the student. The fact that one stop resisting an opponent makes one stop resisting oneself naturally, as part of the whole procedure of learning Matrix Aikido.
The second concept in learning Matrix Aikido is that you must learn to mirror your attacker’s moves. In the beginning, this means that if he steps forward with the right foot and punches with the right hand, you step forward with the right foot and the right hand in order to blend with him and make your martial art work. The odd thing is that the concept of mirroring can be done with either side, the right or the left, regardless of whether the attacker attacks with the right or the left.
The third concept in Matrix Aikido evolves naturally from the second, and it is learning how to take charge. By not resisting one can perceive, by perceiving, one can mirror, and by mirroring, one can take charge of the action. This is a crucial step in Matrix Aikido, as it involves very real changes to the student’s psyche.
The fourth concept in Matrix Aikido is to become your opponent. As you do not resist his technique, you must learn not to resist him. Learning to love your enemeis is a very spiritual level which is a cornerstone of Aikido.
The fifth concept in Matrix Aikido is to become Aikido. As you do not resist, and learn to harmonize with an opponent, you learn to submerge yourself in art. This is a separate universe which is not perceived by normal human beings, and yet it is a universe to which all should aspire.
In conclusion, this universe is built upon strife, conflict, and the never ending contention between mankind. Yet, it does not have to be this way. The True Way, whether through the decades it takes to learn Classical Aikido, or the months it takes to learn Matrix Aikido, is open to the man or woman who opens their heart and has the courage to step forth.
Al Case has been studying the martial arts for over 40 years. He has been a professional writer for the magazines, and is the developer of Matrixing Technology and Neutronics. You can find out more about Matrix Aikido at Monster Martial Arts.