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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General elbow in tight... Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #29 New 11-12-2010 10:41 AM
elbow in tight... He'll always tell you he was a basketball player in a football player's body. He was my toughest competition. Taught me how to shoot, the whole form thing about keeping your elbow in, all the basics. He helped, and I pretty much give all the credit to him.
Alison Bales, WNBA Atlanta Dream

In many, many sports - like tennis, golf, weightlifting, kayaking, baseball and basketball, say, just to take a few at random - from the beginning players are often told to keep their elbows close to their bodies. It's a simple concept. Your body is strong like a tree trunk - but your arms are weak like the branches. So the tighter you keep your elbows in to your central core the stronger your posture.

But it's a little more subtle - and interesting - than that in the martial arts. Of course a block in karate is solid when your arm is close to your body. But in kendo or kenjutsu if your elbows are in too tight when you raise the sword you can block your own vision. And in judo if your elbows are in too tight some techniques can be weak and ineffective.

Your elbow has to be close to your body. But not too close. In tight. But free.

So in aikido keep your elbow in tight and move your arm by first moving your waist. And try extending your hand by extending your elbow, not the hand itself.

basketball photo: Hang time.....basketball begins! by Jeffrey K Edwards http://www.flickr.com/photos/c6cowboy/4255604201/ photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/c6cowboy/with/4255604201/ used under creative commons licence and with his very kind permission

niall matthews 2010
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RSS Feed 9 Responses to "elbow in tight..."
#9 12-03-2010 04:33 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. Not just aikidoka. In karate the elbows are also kept in very tight in the kamae - guard stance - protecting the centre and attacking the opponent's centre.
#8 12-02-2010 03:52 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Today it was not the 1st time have been thinking that when I'm driving I also have the elbow in tight, just each down each shoulder, looking for other drivers, some have the elbow on the window, they are not aikidokas A few month ago there was an accident and all the cars stopped for 2 hours, there was no way to get out of there no forwards and no backwards, so I used the time to call a friend who was kind of depressive, I could not train that day but I did something positive in that 2 hours
#7 11-19-2010 02:33 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, David.
#6 11-15-2010 09:28 PM
David Yap Says:
Hiriki no yosei. Sound advice, Niall.
#5 11-15-2010 08:43 PM
niall Says:
Thanks, Billy - it's always good to have your comments.
#4 11-15-2010 03:59 PM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall; Great blog and very timely as well. As you know Dave and Chris are preparing for their grading and we were talking about this in class on Wednesday last. I tend to talk about this a lot with students. I also noted while their posture in kihon was good, in jiyu wasa they tend to lead from the arms and shoulders rather than the legs and hips. When they correct the difference is huge. Love all your blogs. Best, Billy
#3 11-13-2010 12:37 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina! Thank you too, Ashley. I just started putting a link to this blog on facebook last week.
#2 11-12-2010 04:53 PM
ninjaqutie Says:
I wish this were facebook... I have no comment but to say that I would use the "like" button if it were available.
#1 11-12-2010 11:30 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Very nice post Yes you must keep the arms relaxed close to your body and they should always follow your hips, using your body and arms as a whole. Shoulders and hips must be in a line. I hope I explained it more or less. As I began my arms hurt after class, because I only used them without the body, step by step I learned and now it goes without thinking about it, Newbies are surprised about the force we women in the dojo have using all the body.

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