do’s and don’ts of freeform aikido (and yes, rules are for fools!)
listen, listen, listen
breathe – use your inhalation to savour your own and your partners energy, your exhalation to release
look for outwardly expressed intention in you partner – even the intention expressed through simply standing is workable
convert compression into release-in-connection
release internal holding and compression through vocalising
have faith in the connection and allow the work to emerge from your connection
trap, hold or restrict your partners movement (or your own!) This creates antipathy and is a recipe for injury to your partner, particularly their joints. We are looking to expand rather than constrict freedom of movement.
feel obliged to make anything happen!
cling to your own stability or “form”. Freeform aikido places no value on the conservation of our own balance, or structure – it becomes a pillar of stuckness!
try and come up with moves or impose your clever ideas on the process – you will sever the connection