Stance, proximity, and position allow the development of dynamic connections with others. Connective non-verbal interaction aligns roles and boundaries in support of productive reciprocal relationships.
Prior to pursuing goals, non-verbal behaviors define the structure and expectations of engagement in terms of I vs. we interactions. Supporting partnership, reliance, autonomy, and connection initiate dynamic non-oppositional relationships.
• Rei is the concept of “manifesting the spirit” in your self while recognizing the same spirit in another. Through martial etiquette and awareness participants practice projecting recognition of the presence and potential of others while manifesting the same in the self.
• Hanmi is the stance for aikido, translating to half a man. The conveyance of openness is in contrast to projecting power and control.
• Ma ai is the establishment of mutually effective interactive space. Viewed as spheres of influence ma ai supports connection without overlapping or opposing individual efforts.
• Musubi is the “tying together” of energy. Boundaries allow us to act as a unit independently in ma ai; musubi occurs when connected efforts and actions overlap, inform, and impact the unit as a whole.
View original image of “The Legend of the Stone Pillow of Ubagaike Pond” at Asakusa at BMFA.