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05-14-2005, 10:52 AM
Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that action shots usually show uke and nage with bland or slightly happy expressions in mid-technique. Even if uke is landing in a high fall he/she looks either slightly bored or a little bit amused. ;)
I have yet to see a scrunched up (as a friend of mine used to call it ) "hatchet face."
05-14-2005, 12:07 PM
Ya our sensei always told us to have a focused but pleasant face to show good energy, confidence, etc.
05-14-2005, 05:28 PM
I think it's because we are taught that ukemi is supposed to be natural and one shouldn't worry about the fall. If that's so, then why should one have a strange face during techniques?..
On the other hand...I personally use strange faces, yelps, screams, etc. when I am the uke to children or I'm in a silly mood and trying to calm some nage down during a technique...
I believe that on the cover of Kisshomaru Uesiba Doshu's book Aikido that his uke have fairly tense faces that don't remind me much of boredom or a happy expression...plus Doshu looks like he's in an odd mood there to...
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