I invite you to carry a 5kg weight in your hands.
You feel the weight acting on the mass and your muscles are contracting to maintain this weight.
Your muscles exert an isometric contraction and the result of this movement allows your body to compensate for the direction imposed on this object by gravity.
Now add another weight to this 5 KG object. This new weight is that of a pencil for example. You won’t feel the difference.
Your sensations are blinded by the tension you must maintain to keep carrying the 5 KG weight.
I have just described here what is Sports Judo which is based on the physical force which blinds and derives Judo from its first design: Efficient use of energy and mutual aid for mutual prosperity.
In the previous post, I talked about non-opposition. Now let’s talk about CONTROL.
In competitive judo, there is confusion between controlling oneself and controlling others.
The control of the other person induces a psychological state which involves the will to manipulate the other individual by a physical and a psychological constraint.
In everyday life, this would be a contravention of the basic rules and laws of life in society. In Sports Judo, these rules are accepted.
in Sport Judo, control is therefore the continuity of a physical and even a psychological dominance over this adversary.
What is control, in my opinion in the original Judo?
By controlling I mean to know in advance, an action that my partner will do and accept it without opposing physical force or psychological coercion.
Controlling is to be ahead.
In the practice of Original Judo, control is always knowing and feeling what the other person is doing without preventing any action from this person.
To know at all times where one is in relation to the other, where the other is in relation to me.
Control will limit my actions.
All actions and gestures are no longer possible when I have control.
They are limited to those that allow keep me connected and linked with my partner.
When I have control I act with the other person.
Control is doing something together, but I’m ahead. By being as aware as possible, I will perceive what the other person is going to do. it is a permanent availability.
To explain this is very difficult with words. This is in the realm of feeling
To feel it, I can’t be in opposition as in Sports Judo, but in non-opposition, as originally defined by Dr Jigoro Kano, then Dr Feldenkrais and later on by Mr Igor Correa Luna.
To be ahead is to follow the other person in her/his movement because my attitude is to invite the other person in the movement or direction. This direction is felt as a will of the partner, but in reality, I give the will to the other person to move in a direction.
To be ahead is controlling. It’s having an attitude that gives the other partner/friend the desire to do something, an action.