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Chris Parkerson
05-25-2012, 02:21 AM
Say folks,

In my own learning curve, my training partner Bill Dockery and I have discovered what I guess you would call an inner seam. Is anyone else practicing such a technique? Please chime in.

It is like a new wold (ashes, ashes, we all fall down). :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEgGjrbxABs

Michael Varin
05-25-2012, 04:00 AM
Can we please get back to some halfway serious posts?

Lyle Laizure
05-25-2012, 05:12 AM
Can we please get back to some halfway serious posts?

Seriously!? Why not start your own thread with this comment rather than taking up space on this thread?

Lyle Laizure
05-25-2012, 05:14 AM
Say folks,

In my own learning curve, my training partner Bill Dockery and I have discovered what I guess you would call an inner seam. Is anyone else practicing such a technique? Please chime in.

It is like a new wold (ashes, ashes, we all fall down). :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEgGjrbxABs

The video didn't play well on my computer so I could not see what is going on.

philipsmith
05-25-2012, 05:52 AM
I'm a little skeptical about "new" methods of Aikido.

IMHO it's just a variation of unbalancing - there's loads of ways to move someones centre and the more experienced you are the more ways you find.

To me this type of training is no substitute for technique (and yes I have trained like his with various instructors)

Chris Parkerson
05-25-2012, 07:02 AM
The video didn't play well on my computer so I could not see what is going on.

I am shifting Bill's center to his far leg, then dropping down his inner thigh
instead of taking the technique to a point outside his base. His hip gets locked and then his structure implodes into itself rather than falling over itself.

Now I have experimented with toppling people on points all around what George Leydyard calls the seam; perhaps even identifying 100 points of throw in specific. But this was new to me in the sense that I did not use the ikkyo curve or seam to make the throw happen.

It made me wonder, is there an "inner seam" and how many points of throw does it contain?
Perhaps this clip is a decent contrast. The first throw is an implosion, the second and third are
throws over traditional points on the outer seam using ikkyo curve.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9oMhJCdpsw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Gratitude to all who care to respond,

Chris

Chris Parkerson
05-25-2012, 10:34 AM
The video didn't play well on my computer so I could not see what is going on.

Lyle, I am sorry that the first video did not play well. I had a hard time downloading it off my Iphone and transferring it as well. I hope the second video was more legible.

peace,

Chris

ChrisHein
05-25-2012, 02:50 PM
Whoa. There is a problem with this kind of approach. You are talking about subtle energies here. I have no doubt that your partner wants to feel the subtle energy, and is being as cooperative as possible.

This gives us two possible answers to what we are seeing.

A: You've discovered something worth researching

B: Your partner wants you to discover something worth researching, so he's adding a lot to what's happening.

If "A" is what happened, you'll have to start testing your findings against less and less cooperative subjects, that is if you are interested in using your findings in a martial context(a naturally noncooperative environment). The problem you will start to get here, is the less cooperative your partner, the more challenging it will be for you to do it. This may lead to the very real possibility that even if you have found something, it cannot be done with much effect on a noncooperative person, or that you may never get the opportunity (because of the required movement) to do this on a noncooperative person.

With this we must also ask, what type of context do you see this type of move being useful in? In a martial context where you are using surprise as your modus operandi, you may not need to worry about things like challenging movement, because you plan to surprise you attacker with it. But will this have an effect on someone who you surprise with the action? If you believe this to be true, then you'll have to begin research on people who don't know this is coming. The also leads to a problem of, can you do this fast enough to "surprise" someone, or does doing this take to long.

If "B" is true (your partner wants it to happen so badly that he is actually doing all the work), then you don't have anything further to research, at least as far as your original premise goes.

In my opinion you need to do much more research before we could even begin to draw any conclusions about what we are seeing. If you would like any further feedback from the Aikido community as a whole, I would make a montage type video, showing you performing this on at least 10 different subjects, with varying amounts of resistance and surprise. Choosing subjects who have had limited interaction with you, from various walks of life would be ideal. Getting any real findings on subtle energy is very hard, because of it's subtle nature.

Chris Parkerson
05-25-2012, 05:09 PM
Hi Chris Hein,

Actually the skills are an extension of small circle techniques I have used and tested.
Indeed, my competitive push hand bout with Tim Hwang required much smaller circles than these.
That was a great venue for learning as he has great skill in hiding his center of gravity and posture.
In bodyguard work, it is true, I sneak up on a target, not using speed - but using same pace of movement and sympathetic motion.

My uke is being "neutral". He is neither trying to punk me nor is he just going into the ukemi. You can tell this by watching closely. He doesn't get Ahead of me and his giggle is one of releasing mental tension in a mild form of bewilderment.
This recording was nearly the first time I pulled it on him.

My ultimate goal is to be able to do this with the flat side of my tactical folding knife. Using the
outward seam and ikkyo curve is easy for me these days. And doing so with the side of a live
blade does not cut uke. thus, it leaves compassionate options intact.

The strategy is influenced by Yanagi - whose art stresses thwarting attacks by making the Ike unstable, creating angles where they cannot attack back, and causing them to fall on your blade. Thus
you see in the neck throw (Kiri Tori) my knife remains on the uke - gutting him and castrating or
cutting his femoral artery. My arm is not rising to help the throw. It is following uke with a long filet.

The final throw is my knife to the kidney throw. It also can be a knife to the brachial artery throw.

I am not sensitive enough to make the inner seam throw (implosion) with my wooden tanto yet. But soon..... : )

Thanks for you input.

JW
05-25-2012, 06:24 PM
Hi Chris P, I appreciate your video as a first step and I hope you take Chris H's advice, partially just because I would love to see it! But mostly because I think he is right-on in terms of how to progress. There is a big difference between someone who doesn't know what is coming but is open to it, versus someone who doesn't want to go to the floor.

At any rate, I think what you are playing with is also represented in several videos, such as Ikeda sensei's videos. The compilation from the 2007 summer camp for instance shows a lot of it. I think each person who shows things like this might explain it differently or parse it differently in their mind-- you calling it an “inner seam” in reference to Ledyard sensei's ikkyo seam I think is one good way to phrase it.

Personally, I think of things in terms of yin/yang, and in terms of connection. In other words, there are 2 opposite directions of connection, one towards the attacker (compressive direction) and one from the attacker (tensile direction). If you increase pressure so that he has to step/stumble backward, you are loading the compressive direction. If you create vacuum so that he comes toward you, you are loading the tensile direction.
So, an ikkyo that sucks uke in makes heavier use of the tensile connection, and an ikkyo that projects uke out makes heavier use of the compressive connection. Any functional ikkyo will use both, and I think the positional and directional extremes of those 2 connections represent what you call inner and outer seams.
My point is-- I think any good ikkyo is using what you call the inner seam, but is using it together with the “outer seam.” Here, you are showing it in relative isolation. So from that point of view you are using only 1 of 2 essential tools when you highlight it like that-- good for demo, bad for application. But that's important, because I wouldn't hope to be good at using any tool in combination with others unless I worked with it on its own, to get a feel for it.

Chris Parkerson
05-25-2012, 09:21 PM
Thanks Jonathan.

Namaste,

Chris Parkerson

graham christian
05-25-2012, 09:21 PM
Hi Chris.
Never use the terms you describe but understand your explanation. I can only give you my experience which may or may not relate. Having said that when seeing this with your explanation it does remind me of when I have met some who do certain things similar and I can't help translating it into a simplicity. (once again, just how I relate in my way)

When you mention center and moving his center to a specific location, outside what seems to be from what you say 'the norm' I see basically one thing, something I used to practice a long time ago with Ki development exercises.

We used to practice diligently the principles laid down by Tohei and this reminds me of all the advanced exercises we did with 'one point.' The point here is we did them to the point of being able to put one point anywhere and observe the various effects.

Now I will take time to explain something for you so that you can see where I am coming from.

I teach one point is different to center. I teach one point is first taught the same as center but later that it is in fact different and is a created thing. Thus center is center and is always center and cannot be moved. One point is a discipline, something you create and use from center and later from wherever you want.

Now, Ki extending from center is thus always stable and from the same point always. The difference being is that when another may be trying to move my center or do what they usually call kazushi and find they cant do it is because I know center cant be moved. Your attention can be moved off of center, your mind can be moved off of center etc. but the conclusion most come to is that they moved your center. Not true in my book.

So back to the point. The practice or advanced practice of 'one point' and the theory of was to do with what you could call basic mechanics, albeit spiritual or if some prefer to call it, mental. This basic mechanic, not body mechanics, is not unlike what is known in physics and energy. Energy travels from one terminal to another, point 'a' to point 'b'. The other factor involved is space, distance. There has to be a distance for a flow or 'current' in elctricity for example between the two terminals to occur. From 'positive' to 'negative' as they describe it in elctrical terms.

So basically for energy to flow it needs a stable point to flow to. So do you see where I'm going with this?

By putting a point, one point, somewhere very specific then your Ki will flow to it. Basic mechanics. From your center to that point. Add to that other things like you can thus lead their mind to that point or their attention or even their one poit then I think you get where I am coming from.

Just Ki development exercises we used to do and still do that I thought may add a little something to your enquiry.

Peace.G.

Chris Parkerson
05-25-2012, 09:55 PM
Graham,

I experience that a center of gravity can be moved. in fact it can come right out of the body. Look at high jumpers who use the Fossbery Flop. Arching their back over a pole, their center of gravity is actually below the pole.

Perhaps my physics is at 6th grade level, but it has provided me with an ability to reverse-engineer a portion of the Ropokai (Okamoto) techniques.

But I do thank you for sharing your use of "One Point" and how it relates to your model.

Thanks for your input. : )

Chris

graham christian
05-25-2012, 10:06 PM
I agree Chris. Center of gravity yes. Just terminology and my ways of seeing but center to me is similar to but not actually center of gravity.

Peace.G.

Chris Parkerson
05-25-2012, 10:28 PM
When the COG travels out of the base (stance) and the structure (skeleton) is unstable, all you need to do is drop some weight on that spot.

Once I employed this model for a couple of years, (follow the bouncing ball), I quickly moved beyond technique. Biped tipping became rather easy. The Ikkyo curve and Seams (full rim of the base stance)
Was a good model for sensing where and when to drop the weight.

Then I got softer, like a massuer tricking his subject into letting him penetrate deeper into their body. Less force produced more effect - even against resistance.

Kuzushi became pivoting (floating) uke at the base of his feet - bypassing his strength. And if he reacted, it was easy to find the next hole in the posture. Again, less was more. I learned to apply subtle force and if it met resistance, I redirected it where the next hole was.

Then, kuzushi wend beyond the floor and feet. I started creating 3 dimensional throws at will from many points in space - all with the exterior seam and ikkyo curve.

Finally, I began sensing how to implode the posture into weak spots inside the stance. This takes much more sensitivity and redirection when resistance is encountered. And resistance happens even when uke is trying to be neutral.

Now, I hope to discover how many places I can lead the resistive momentum uke feeds me. If small circle throwing like Ropokai uses "an inch" of touch along with the outer seam, the inner seam stuff needs at least half that from my experience so far, "less is more". And remaining disciplined only happens if you can trust that less is more.

Chris Parkerson
05-25-2012, 11:12 PM
Perhaps some examples

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hn60w2XoR8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

One with some resistance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS9ghzkz9Lg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

One with high resistance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1G3A-ZGd1M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

danj
05-26-2012, 05:25 AM
Inner seam/ outer seam - very nice analogy instead of resorting to COG and BOS nomenclature and conveys the idea well. Wondering of course that when weight is transferred to a single leg that perhaps both inner and outer seams are outer seams ..but i get the idea...nice

Chris Parkerson
05-26-2012, 07:13 AM
Inner seam/ outer seam - very nice analogy instead of resorting to COG and BOS nomenclature and conveys the idea well. Wondering of course that when weight is transferred to a single leg that perhaps both inner and outer seams are outer seams ..but i get the idea...nice

Funny how we all create nomenclature that is meaningful to ourselves and hopefully to others. The uke in these clips is Bill Dockery. He would call what I am doing "crunch box" and "stretch box" - referring to what a cereal box looks like when one side is compromised. In fact, Bill wrote a book about his experience as uke when Moe Stevens and I started collaborating.

http://www.aikisecrets.com/index_files/Page497.htm

One of the models Bill came up with was his understanding of Baqua and palm changes. In fact, that one really spoke to me was simply "closing the Kua of uke's far hip" makes for some great air throws.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Opcmnxvyf8I&feature=youtube_gdata_player

sakumeikan
05-26-2012, 08:36 AM
Hi Guys,
Inner seams/outer seams ? Are we practicing aikido or training to be tailors in Oxford St London??Personally I like designing trilbys/gents jodhpurs and as a side line a subtle line of S/M /bondage evening .wear.The last lot is worn at intimate dinner parties with a few friends.Cheers, Joe.

Chris Parkerson
05-26-2012, 02:22 PM
Hi Guys,
Inner seams/outer seams ? Are we practicing aikido or training to be tailors in Oxford St London??Personally I like designing trilbys/gents jodhpurs and as a side line a subtle line of S/M /bondage evening .wear.The last lot is worn at intimate dinner parties with a few friends.Cheers, Joe.

You just inspired me to experiment doing big arial throws on adults clad in chain mail and armor. "seams" like a new challenge. Pun fully intended.

Hellis
05-26-2012, 04:51 PM
Hi Guys,
Inner seams/outer seams ? Are we practicing aikido or training to be tailors in Oxford St London??Personally I like designing trilbys/gents jodhpurs and as a side line a subtle line of S/M /bondage evening .wear.The last lot is worn at intimate dinner parties with a few friends.Cheers, Joe.

Hi Joe

Do you also do a nice range of coloured Aiki dancing ribbons ?
And a nice pair of open toe shoes for toe breathing would sell well.
Henry
Co-author of `Positive Aikido`
http://aikido-bracknell.blogspot.com/

danj
05-26-2012, 04:59 PM
Funny how we all create nomenclature that is meaningful to ourselves and hopefully to others. The uke in these clips is Bill Dockery. He would call what I am doing "crunch box" and "stretch box" - referring to what a cereal box looks like when one side is compromised. In fact, Bill wrote a book about his experience as uke when Moe Stevens and I started collaborating.

http://www.aikisecrets.com/index_files/Page497.htm



Neato...some of those diagrams look familiar ...


Aikiphysics II - biomechanics of throwing (http://www.aikidorepublic.com/internal-strength/01a-manipulating-grounding) (musings on the topic and a work in progress )
I wonder if Bill would be amenable to conversation?

best,
dan

Chris Parkerson
05-26-2012, 07:07 PM
Neato...some of those diagrams look familiar ...

Aikiphysics II - biomechanics of throwing (http://www.aikidorepublic.com/internal-strength/01a-manipulating-grounding) (musings on the topic and a work in progress )
I wonder if Bill would be amenable to conversation?

best,
dan

I am sure he would. I miss that guy. Tell him Hi for me.

Chris Parkerson
05-27-2012, 12:21 AM
Neato...some of those diagrams look familiar ...

Aikiphysics II - biomechanics of throwing (http://www.aikidorepublic.com/internal-strength/01a-manipulating-grounding) (musings on the topic and a work in progress )
I wonder if Bill would be amenable to conversation?

best,
dan

I liked your term "freezing the base". Did you get it from the Indonesian arts? I have seen silat and Kali traditions talk about pocking in a way that causes the opponent to have to "unstick" themselves and find another angle of attack. One system called it "Old Man's hand". So I did what I do and the guri said, "Yes, that's it."
All paths lead to the same root I guess. The difference I have noted is in the manner in which
Tori causes weight to be dropped onto uke's frame. Many try to do this by using muscle to push
with. My experience with this method is that you rely on short leverage and upper body.
But if you use a series of relaxation ( thighs, pelvis, rhomboids, shoulders, humerus, then forearms) long leverage is applied, gravity and momentum aided by your mass and the earth, create great weight without effort or over commitment.

This is how I also deposit weight on the inside seam. Any reflection on this from your experience?

Peace

Chris

sakumeikan
05-27-2012, 01:56 AM
Hi Joe

Do you also do a nice range of coloured Aiki dancing ribbons ?
And a nice pair of open toe shoes for toe breathing would sell well.
Henry
Co-author of `Positive Aikido`
http://aikido-bracknell.blogspot.com/

Dear Henry,
These could be best sellers.not making a sous from Aikido , so maybe designing floral outfits /colourful accessories might help my balance of payments.Might even donate to the Greek economy in exchange for a bag of olives/pitta brad and feta cheese.Getting tired of munching doughnuts. Joe.

danj
05-27-2012, 06:00 AM
I liked your term "freezing the base". Did you get it from the Indonesian arts? I have seen silat and Kali traditions talk about pocking in a way that causes the opponent to have to "unstick" themselves and find another angle of attack. One system called it "Old Man's hand". So I did what I do and the guri said, "Yes, that's it."
All paths lead to the same root I guess. The difference I have noted is in the manner in which
Tori causes weight to be dropped onto uke's frame. Many try to do this by using muscle to push
with. My experience with this method is that you rely on short leverage and upper body.
But if you use a series of relaxation ( thighs, pelvis, rhomboids, shoulders, humerus, then forearms) long leverage is applied, gravity and momentum aided by your mass and the earth, create great weight without effort or over commitment.

This is how I also deposit weight on the inside seam. Any reflection on this from your experience?

Peace

Chris

Not sure where the term came from, seems to help though and great to here there is validation from other arts to. I tend not to think about dropping the weight but rather where to put the weight. Lately its about heels or toes. Both are a bit different - once on there heels its tougher for uke to recover. The toes get to use the calf muscle to recover balance - usually by storing the energy as potential energy (standing on toes increases the height of the COM - m.g.h and all that).
my leverage is generally applied up the toppling angle to put uke on heels or toes and then down what might be called a seam.

My most interesting aha moment came when as uke i proffered my arm to nage to apply nikko - but at the same time subtly put them on their heels and made the weight equal across both their feet. In this situation they have no base of support toward my direction (being on a pin as it were) and thus cannot apply nikkyo. The feeling is not one of me resisting but they cannot get grounded or 'get in'. Its a very interesting experience and of limited value except as a test of the theory. i tried it on a lot of people (that i trust not to bust my arm) People are mostly disappointed by the explanation afterwards cause its pretty boring - probably i should have undertaken some meditation for some years to achieve it (grad school and hitting the books )

BTW do you have an email for thew books author - i flicked something to his twitter account as the only contact i could find, dojo details seem to be inactive

Anyways returning y'all to the olive munching, ribbon twirling fluffy bunnies and apologies for staying on topic ;)

Chris Parkerson
05-27-2012, 07:18 AM
Daniel,

Try bnkdockery@yahoo.com.
I enjoyed your discovery re: Nikkyo. Would you take a look at these Nikkyo reversals and see if what you are saying is present?

They both work the outer seam. But once I get back home, I want to try them with thR inner seam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT3Jdtp5384&feature=youtube_gdata_player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmBWLfYAtWo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Another principle I am using can be seen. When I place initial weight on the skeletal structure, I "let up on it ever so lightly just for a second. Ike tends to push back by extending his frame. The motion makes his center rise. Then I float his center just enough to make his structure unstable when I drop the weight a second time. It is similar to the pulsing of tai chi.

ChrisHein
05-27-2012, 05:31 PM
When I use the word resistance, I am coming from the idea of dynamic resistance. That is to say, a place where your partner is actively working against you. Where your partners are trying to find clever ways around what you are doing to them.

I speak of this kind of resistance because this is what one faces in a martial situation, and where our techniques would be applied. So when I say "resistance" I don't mean that your partner is using lot's of force against you, I mean your partner is actively trying to stop you from doing your technique.

Doing technique to someone who is allowing you to apply it to them is not an area where most Aikidoka are lacking. It's a place of active resistance where most who train in Aikido find weakness in their techniques. If I were you Chris, and felt certain of my techniques, I would ask my students to try and actively "get the better of me". That is to say I would attempt my technique with them trying to stop me, not just in a static or forceful way, but in whatever way they can think of to keep me from applying technique.

Chris Parkerson
05-27-2012, 06:37 PM
When I use the word resistance, I am coming from the idea of dynamic resistance. That is to say, a place where your partner is actively working against you. Where your partners are trying to find clever ways around what you are doing to them.

I speak of this kind of resistance because this is what one faces in a martial situation, and where our techniques would be applied. So when I say "resistance" I don't mean that your partner is using lot's of force against you, I mean your partner is actively trying to stop you from doing your technique.

Doing technique to someone who is allowing you to apply it to them is not an area where most Aikidoka are lacking. It's a place of active resistance where most who train in Aikido find weakness in their techniques. If I were you Chris, and felt certain of my techniques, I would ask my students to try and actively "get the better of me". That is to say I would attempt my technique with them trying to stop me, not just in a static or forceful way, but in whatever way they can think of to keep me from applying technique.

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the response. I know movie cannot always show the intricacies of events - especially regarding small circle technique. In this video I posted earlier, I can promise you that Bill was trying to knock me down. The third attack almost broke my arm because he is so much more solid and youthful.

The exercise we chose here is called 7 star blocking from the Shaolin traditions. It is designed to create base and fajin through the arm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1G3A-ZGd1M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

To locate center, connect with it, draw it out of the base and drop projected weight into a throwing spot is indeed quite a mouthful to do in 1/4 second of contact. He is trying to do the same to me. Both of us are trying not to fall.

Look closely at the waves of energy going through my body. It is a natural "Chen" form of Relaxed Tai Chi.

Indeed, I took my skills to the Arnold Challenge in 2009. I was 55 then. The event was Extreme Taiji. All styles of arts invited. Uproot and force the opponent out of the ring or drop him to the ground. National class contenders participated. This was not static stance tai chi. It was more like Sumo. I
have uploaded a photo of me bounding Tim Hwang and can post it once aikiweb approves it.

I took 3rd place. Tim ultimately beat me and a 30 year old Shuai Chao guy took second place. My downfall was when my old body got exhausted in an overtime bout for second place and my form and timing faltered.

Again,

Thanks for your input.

Chris

Chris Parkerson
05-27-2012, 06:50 PM
Say Chris,

I remember, I do have that photo posted on my Facebook website.
FB name: Pylin Jigme
http://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/upload.php?__user=100000604291511
Look for photo #40 under the album "Martial Musings".

Peace and puha

Chris

danj
05-27-2012, 07:30 PM
When I use the word resistance, I am coming from the idea of dynamic resistance. That is to say, a place where your partner is actively working against you. Where your partners are trying to find clever ways around what you are doing to them.



I think there is a role for both the passive and active resistance processes. The passive to discover the mechanisms to better under stand then and the active as you say to make it practical.

I have found both of great help in improving my aikido, though sometimes when they are not separated and used in the wrong place can help no-one

dan

danj
05-27-2012, 07:37 PM
I enjoyed your discovery re: Nikkyo. Would you take a look at these Nikkyo reversals and see if what you are saying is present?

They both work the outer seam. But once I get back home, I want to try them with thR inner seam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT3Jdtp5384&feature=youtube_gdata_player



Yes I'd say this is the same, except taking the subtle unbalancing to full reversal. The literature suggests most (even highly trained) people are unaware of subtle weight transfers. Thus at the very moment that balance is taken 'nage' will be unaware and be perplexed as to why the technique doesn't work. At this point nage may shift and move to try to get nikkyo to come o, uke can easily follow this without force.
i suspect (and without basis) that IS training among other things enhances the perceptions of taking balance and of ones own balance.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmBWLfYAtWo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Another principle I am using can be seen. When I place initial weight on the skeletal structure, I "let up on it ever so lightly just for a second. Ike tends to push back by extending his frame. The motion makes his center rise. Then I float his center just enough to make his structure unstable when I drop the weight a second time. It is similar to the pulsing of tai chi.

This is interesting, using the second side of aikido kata, the shape of nikkyo ukemi to setup a throw.

The principle I think as you point out is engaging with the force lines in uke and setting up the toppling angle. (this is the angle you use to tip a fridge on an edge - rather than push against its mass to move it)

best,
dan

Chris Parkerson
05-27-2012, 08:24 PM
I think there is a role for both the passive and active resistance processes. The passive to discover the mechanisms to better under stand then and the active as you say to make it practical.

I have found both of great help in improving my aikido, though sometimes when they are not separated and used in the wrong place can help no-one

dan

Dan,

That is exactly how I reverse engineer technique. Passive resistance is key. In passive resistance, uke needs to be your guide (an active voice). That is what made Bill so wonderfully unique. He could feel subtle differences and provide models that explained the differences.

The "Mojo" (Just This Aikido, Ohio - Moe Steven's dojo) is run like a circle of collaborators. We say, " There's good juju at the Mojo" Special skills like Bill's arise and are honored and used by the group. That means Bill can critique and even correct Moe and Me. He did so on many occasions. That was some of my best growth, and growth of the tribe. Each attendee saw the humble and public collaboration in holarchy rather than hierarchy.

Then bill could increase resistance, once I had obtained correct sequencing in the technique. Then I was forced to make the technique smaller circled and more subtle.

Notice I banged arms while standing on one foot. That was a big secret. Being on one foot literally guaranteed my success. My leg provided an unstinting pivot point. My irimi was instinctive and was less than 1/2 inch in diameter.

Chris Parkerson
05-27-2012, 08:37 PM
[QUOTE=Daniel James;309726]Yes I'd say this is the same, except taking the subtle unbalancing to full reversal. The literature suggests most (even highly trained) people are unaware of subtle weight transfers. Thus at the very moment that balance is taken 'nage' will be unaware and be perplexed as to why the technique doesn't work. At this point nage may shift and move to try to get nikkyo to come o, uke can easily follow this without force.
i suspect (and without basis) that IS training among other things enhances the perceptions of taking balance and of ones own balance.

This is interesting, using the second side of aikido kata, the shape of nikkyo ukemi to setup a throw.

The principle I think as you point out is engaging with the force lines in uke and setting up the toppling angle. (this is the angle you use to tip a fridge on an edge - rather than push against its mass to move it)

If I understand you correctly, I experienced a similar thong. Big traditional techniques simply didn't work against someone with a trained center. And the more I relaxed, it became near impossible to throw me. I invited a USJA Olympic Coach to share my dojo in Escondido back in 2003. I rondoried with a few fine athletes who would visit to train with him. I was delighted to learn how stable I had become.

The big win was this for me, it didn't matter if your initial connection obtained enough kuzushi to drop the uke. What mattered is that you got him defending against the subtle pressure. Anywhere he goes, you can follow it like water moving into the holes. The circles are so small that 360 degrees of throw can occur within an inch circle or less. No need for remembering technique, just follow the bouncing ball and a throw happens. That is how I uprooted the tai chi contestants as well.
best,

Puha

Chris

Chris Parkerson
05-27-2012, 08:58 PM
Dan,

The refrigeratior toppling is very similar, only it will not collapse into itself. It's structure remains uncompromised, but it's base is reduced. That is what makes it unstable. Thus Leydyard's ikkyo curve comes into play.

[quote=Daniel James;309726]Yes I'd say this is the same, except taking the subtle unbalancing to full reversal. The literature suggests most (even highly trained) people are unaware of subtle weight transfers. Thus at the very moment that balance is taken 'nage' will be unaware and be perplexed as to why the technique doesn't work. At this point nage may shift and move to try to get nikkyo to come o, uke can easily follow this without force.
i suspect (and without basis) that IS training among other things enhances the perceptions of taking balance and of ones own balance.

This is interesting, using the second side of aikido kata, the shape of nikkyo ukemi to setup a throw.

The principle I think as you point out is engaging with the force lines in uke and setting up the toppling angle. (this is the angle you use to tip a fridge on an edge - rather than push against its mass to move it)

If I understand you correctly, I experienced a similar thong. Big traditional techniques simply didn't work against someone with a trained center. And the more I relaxed, it became near impossible to throw me. I invited a USJA Olympic Coach to share my dojo in Escondido back in 2003. I rondoried with a few fine athletes who would visit to train with him. I was delighted to learn how stable I had become.

The big win was this for me, it didn't matter if your initial connection obtained enough kuzushi to drop the uke. What mattered is that you got him defending against the subtle pressure. Anywhere he goes, you can follow it like water moving into the holes. The circles are so small that 360 degrees of throw can occur within an inch circle or less. No need for remembering technique, just follow the bouncing ball and a throw happens. That is how I uprooted the tai chi contestants as well.
best,

Puha

Chris