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08-30-2007, 07:40 PM
"Forms are something made up artificially. Is it any different with fixed techniques? This all has nothing to do with the science about principles of developing natural potential in martial art. Even if some people put a lot of effort and time into it, believing in persistence and they practice according to it, it will still be something which rejects the essence and concentrates on trifling matters. All greatest sciences and arts are simple in form, and rich in content. And what is complicated in form, usually hasn't got much essence. This is true not only in martial art. Think about it."

Lee Salzman
08-30-2007, 07:45 PM
That would be this guy here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Xiangzhai).

08-30-2007, 07:47 PM
That would be this guy here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Xiangzhai).
That would be correct.
You're it.

Lee Salzman
09-01-2007, 03:42 PM
Hmm, no one liked the quote?

Chuck Clark
09-01-2007, 05:31 PM
Question asked and answered.

G DiPierro
09-01-2007, 06:49 PM
Well I liked it. Pretty much describes my own philosophy and explains why I have been steadily moving away from teaching technique per se for a while now. Mainstream aikido can have its focus on complex, choreographed waza that look real purdy but that don't have any basis in martial reality. I°«ll take someone who has the ability to blend with a realistic attack, take balance, and execute a basic throw (and this can be taught in under year, and perhaps even in a few months) over the typical aikikai shodan with 5+ years of experience who knows how to do a lot of flashy techniques on command (with a cooperative °»trained°… uke of course) but who has no concept of how to take balance unless it°«s handed to him on a silver platter. But that°«s just me (and, apparently, a few other guys).