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Andrew Macdonald
04-06-2010, 11:28 PM
I know that there is no technique in Aikido

however we have techniques to point us in the right direction, to give us the principles etc.

so if you had to pick one technique to practice exclusively what would it be?

Janet Rosen
04-07-2010, 12:08 AM
Breathing.

aikishihan
04-07-2010, 12:41 AM
Genuine smile.

SeiserL
04-07-2010, 07:53 AM
Honor
Just do what we all already know is the right thing to do.

dps
04-07-2010, 07:54 AM
I know that there is no technique in Aikido

however we have techniques to point us in the right direction, to give us the principles etc.

so if you had to pick one technique to practice exclusively what would it be?

Shodokan Aikido's shomenate.

http://www.gedanate.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/1-shomen.gif

Adam Huss
04-07-2010, 11:06 AM
David,

our group calls that one irimi tsuki, or face thrust...I like the english name better :o)

MM
04-07-2010, 11:25 AM
Three Techniques for the French under the sky,
Seven Techniques for the British in their halls of stone,
Nine Techniques for the Americans doomed to fail,
One Secret for the Creator on his burned house
In the Land of Shirataki where the outcasts dwell.

One Aiki to rule them all, One Aiki to control them,
One Aiki to bring them all and in the Jutsu bind them
In the Land of Japan where the Giants dwell.

crbateman
04-07-2010, 11:27 AM
I have two...

1) Relax
2) Pay attention

bkedelen
04-07-2010, 11:35 AM
Front site, slack, press?

dps
04-07-2010, 11:47 AM
Three Techniques for the French under the sky,
Seven Techniques for the British in their halls of stone,
Nine Techniques for the Americans doomed to fail,
One Secret for the Creator on his burned house
In the Land of Shirataki where the outcasts dwell.

One Aiki to rule them all, One Aiki to control them,
One Aiki to bring them all and in the Jutsu bind them
In the Land of Japan where the Giants dwell.

Hmmm, Andrew asked for a technique. I did not realize that you think Aiki is a technique.

David

mickeygelum
04-07-2010, 03:50 PM
One simple technique..

Exhale...Squeeze...Inhale...Charlie-Mike.

Train well,

Mickey

thisisnotreal
04-07-2010, 03:52 PM
...
In the Land of Japan where the Giants dwell.
Man! You ain't kidding. Check out these bees< (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7sJ5TZsJ-Q)

aikibudo
04-07-2010, 04:36 PM
Hmmm, Andrew asked for a technique. I did not realize that you think Aiki is a technique.

David

David, Im fairly sure he is quoting The Lord of the Rings but with Aikido.
Surely we can find the humor in this, yes?

aikibudo
04-07-2010, 04:38 PM
also on topic. I would probably choose Shihonage for my technique

gregstec
04-07-2010, 05:55 PM
Genuine smile.

That one throws me every time :)

Andrew Macdonald
04-07-2010, 11:49 PM
hmmm

for myself i would choose iriminage, it's quick, direct, feels so good when you nail it (once a month this happens)

Aaron, why do you choose shihonage?

Zach Trent
04-15-2010, 11:57 PM
Kokyo Nage! Or tenkan from a tsuki. That is good times.

David Yap
04-16-2010, 01:32 AM
Hmmm, Andrew asked for a technique. I did not realize that you think Aiki is a technique.

David

IMHO, Aiki is the mother of all techniques.

David Y

Mark Uttech
04-16-2010, 07:39 AM
Onegaishimasu, I think bowing is the best lifelong technique.

In gassho,

Mark

Cynrod
04-17-2010, 12:11 PM
"Humility" is the best technique for life that I will not get tired of learning each day on and off the mats.

Anjisan
04-17-2010, 12:18 PM
Leading, first with the mind and then with the body. That would have to be closely followed by disrupting from the initial connection.

RED
04-17-2010, 10:08 PM
kokyu :p liberally you can call 70% of all Aikido kokyu... heheheeeee

if all else fails, just call it a kokyu.

Peter Gombeski
04-25-2010, 03:15 PM
The technique for me would be the realization that the body can do much much more if you train your mind to allow it. Or is the point that you must get your mind out of the way first? ;)

Still grappling with that one myself...

Peter Gombeski

Alberto_Italiano
04-29-2010, 01:23 AM
In my opinion, Janet had the best answer.

However, if you want something that _seems_ less speculative, I have some good advice - and it is good because it comes from an utter beginner: I know very well what is difficult and what isn't for a beginner lol

So, you want to choose a tecnique, something safe and nearly good for all?

Ikkyo. but, you must be able to revert it in Shiho Nage TOO, and then revert Shio Nage in Ikkyo again - recursively and on both sides.

If you can move smoothly with this set: ikkyo-shihonage-ikkyo-shihonage-ikkyo they are going to be suitable for tons of occasions; and they are easy.
Don't force any on your opponent.
A shihonage follows an ikkyo only because your opponent raises back, a shihonage is followed by an ikkyo only because your opponent manages to turn your way.

ps don't shihonage turning on yourself - a waste of time. I have tried that training with a guy who was really intent on getting up from ikkyo and come against me with full force - taking him in shihonage is quite easy all the same and no need to make funny pirouettes.

My 2 cents.

batemanb
04-30-2010, 09:13 AM
Genuine smile.

I second that

Breathing.

And that

I'd also add irimi tenkan and ukemi.

Oh wait, that's four.........;)

Lyle Bogin
05-11-2010, 05:06 PM
'michibiki' - guiding