freeform aikido is about bringing energy together in order to create revolution – opportunities for change and development or at least a tumble!
Both as individuals and partners our goal is ki-musubi – aiki “tying together of energy. Out of this unity arises revolution – “turn around” and “a great change in affairs”! (see wikipedia)
This was highlighted to me after a great practice with Nicola Endicot. She described the core conditions of freeform aikido as “deep listening, sensitivity through touch, a willingness to fully engage and being open to being surprised!”
being surprised is the delicious chaotic counterpoint to the consummate unity of ki-musubi. the sweet and sour of practice.