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05-01-2005, 01:30 AM
AikiWeb Poll for the week of May 1, 2005:

How often do you perform aikido techniques without moving your feet?

I don't do aikido
Always
Often
Sometimes
Seldom
Never


Here are the current results (http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=270).

MaryKaye
05-01-2005, 09:13 AM
Essentially never, even when my teachers tell me to! Maybe they need to stand on my feet.

Mary Kaye

gstevens
05-01-2005, 10:19 AM
Often, even when Sensei comes by and says; "Why aren't you moving your feet? Why aren't you getting off of the line?" My answer is most always a shrug.

I wish that I could have answered this one "Never"

Guy
:-)

Reed Fry
05-01-2005, 02:07 PM
Sensei occasionally demonstrates what he calls 'Aikido in a Phone Booth'. This usually entails more focus on hip movement than the feet. It was interesting to see variations of Aikido techniques with minimal body movement.

Catsquotl
05-01-2005, 04:45 PM
Hmm depends on witch dojo I train in..
Recently i`ve started in a dojo that dicribes themselves as gravity aikido where a lot of techniques are ment to be done without moving your feet..

It looks and feels strange but ever so soft..

maikerus
05-01-2005, 10:31 PM
I voted sometimes because sometimes I do it as an exercise in hip and body movement and also because sometimes I screw up and my feet forget to move. I think you'll get more power in any given technique if your whole body is moving and focused behind the throw/control.

Of course...sometimes I choose not to move my feet because my uke would end up out the window. We train in a smallish dojo :)

--Michael

PeterR
05-01-2005, 11:09 PM
You know - I can't think of one instance where I did not move my feet.

seank
05-02-2005, 01:15 AM
Do exercises like funakogi-undo count?

PeterR
05-02-2005, 01:52 AM
Even our exercises and drills our feet are always moving (knees if you include suwariwaza). Course we don't do Funakogi-undo.

I could see someone doing a component of a technique in isolation but that really isn't a technique is it? Hard for me to see Aikido in a non-dynamic situation.

ruthmc
05-02-2005, 03:17 AM
I voted seldom, as we did a neat katate-dori nikyo on Friday where uke pins tori back against the wall, and tori has to apply technique without moving their feet :D

I suspect we may do more of these, as our Friday sensei has been participating in self-defence seminars lately ;)

Ruth

Amir Krause
05-02-2005, 08:32 AM
A matter of definition:

We normally move before the technique, but during the technique itself we often stay in place and just rotate our hips and feet, without movement. It's difficult to explain the movement in words, but this is one of the characteristics I find for Korindo Aikido - smaller foot work and extended hip work for power generation.
Tori can step in the technique when the technique demands it, or his harmony with Uke requires it. But in many cases, high quality technique would be implemented with a single pre-exaction move.

Amir