Two Viewpoints

“What’s the alternative? To deal with any kind of push, whether a shove or strike or kick, the aikidoist generally moves toward the attacker and slightly off the line of attack, simultaneously making a turning maneuver that leaves him or her next to the attacker and facing in the same direction. In this position, the aikidoist is looking at the situation from the attacker’s viewpoint. It’s important here to add one more phrase to that statement. The aikidoist is looking at the situation from the attacker’s viewpoint without giving up his or her own viewpoint.

“This entering and blending maneuver immediately multiplies your options …”

George Leonard, “The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei”

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