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10-22-2014, 01:15 PM
This is the first in a three part series on the work on Aikido I've been doing the last 16 years or so. The main focus is on finding a live way to practice Aikido. That is a way to practice Aikido technique when someone is actively trying to stop you.
10-25-2014, 07:31 AM
Great article by Chris. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
10-27-2014, 12:42 PM
Here is part II
10-27-2014, 03:02 PM
Interesting! Thanks for the food for thought chris. Nice article.
10-27-2014, 03:14 PM
11-07-2014, 12:31 AM
The final part of this article:
Hope you enjoy~!
12-11-2014, 04:19 PM
Very interesting. Good stuff!
I love how your article seemed full circle. You ventured out, explored, but ultimately it all came back to aikido practice. I like how honest you were with yourself about your practice. Delusion runs rampant in many training experiences I've had. I've even taken instruction from people who they themselves are convinced that it is all hogwash, but continued in Aikido for the social, or person accolades they were receiving.
I love how life rewards and reveals things to those who pursue things in sincerity.
03-03-2015, 09:36 AM
a beautiful series of articles.
03-03-2015, 03:03 PM
03-24-2015, 02:20 AM
I think 'alive' practive is good. What I discovered, through doing various arts, was that when trying to do Aikido the waza from other arts just appeared, and vice versa. So, for me anyway, the problem is how to do only Aikido when in the Aikido dojo in the 'alive' situation. What I think you will find is that those waza you develop under stress are the ones that become your own. So, if someone puts me under stress in an Aikido situation I might find my self doing a Judo waza from time to time as Judo waza are typically developed under a great deal of stress. And so on and so forth vis-a-vis Wing Chun/Jujutsu in my case. It also is sometimes the case that a certain waza from a differtent art better matches the situation in the moment. But even so - one can still do such in an aiki context, so I like to think. As an aside, what has always baffled me is why most Aikidoka think they are not allowed to use Judo throws or tripping people up from time to time. To me it is more about 'territory' than sensibility. I think we can do whatever we are capable of if it is done with an Aikido kind of spirit.
PS 'Alive' to me doesn't mean full on gung-ho fighting. It just means getting a couple of steps beyond kata. Light practice is best because with light practice you can learn. Full on - and it is just more of a test of what you know. Does that even make sense ...
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