… what we in Aikido call "relaxed alertness".
Thank you, Aiki-Jedi! Before buying anything, I make enquiries. Before buying my first handgun (this was a hundred years ago or so), I’ve read Jeff Cooper’s “Principles of Personal Defense”, which left me a deep impression, and which led me to buy a Colt .45. His thought, which is deep and fundamental, has always accompanied me: “In whatever situation you are, only your mindset
, as he calls it, will save
you”. And he explains it with his famous color code: white, yellow, orange, red.
Relaxed alertness is Cooper’s yellow in a context of “being armed”. As you said it so precisely, Aiki-Jedi, in Aikido relaxed alertness is a state of awareness. Isn’t it strange that it means “posture and awareness for what is to come” (rough definition, of course), while in archery it means “a mental aspect before, during and after losing an arrow”? Interesting, isn’t it? In other martial arts, like Kendo f.i. – I love Kendo – relaxed alertness has again a slight difference in meaning.
We bikers are all the same and yet so different. It’s like Aikido, a wonderful martial art, yet so different in style depending on the schools, as are all martial arts. Just a thought: shouldn’t bikers practice a martial art before being allowed to buy a bike? Silly isn’t it!