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Creation Date: 08-16-2004 04:00 PM
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  #9 New 09-17-2003 10:33 PM
Thursday is usually 'sensei day' when our two 6th dans teach back-to-back, but for some reason they were both teaching yesterday. Chuck Weber has been working on me pretty consistently recently. Apparently, his desire to see me test has overcome his feeling that I'm probably hopeless.

In any case, today he pointed out the weakness in my attacks. During his class, when we were doing a yokomen with a tanto and later in Charlie Page's class when he and I were paired up for a katatedori technique he came back to it. The idea, as I understand it, is to make sure that the movement of the hand, foot and hip finish the movement together. The idea is familiar to me from Tai Chi, but I'd never really thought about it in the context of Aikido attacks. If your hips and leg have stopped and your hand is still moving, then you are throwing your shoulders off balance.

It's always amazing how powerful my attacks feel against beginners and how weak they feel against students who are much more advanced than I am.
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