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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General Back on the (soft) Mats Again :-) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #107 New 03-02-2004 01:01 AM
Monday night we worked on Bokken kata (I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of the second last part of the eight directions kata --- albeit...slowly...); we also worked on our paired bokken exchanges more slowly in order to pay more attention to the accuracy and technical proficiency of our movements. As a result, things felt a lot more "solid" --- it makes you wonder what I was in such a hurry about to begin with.

We also did some shikko as part of the warmup (which very nicely aggravated my freshly-scabbed knees from the past weekend's seminar and left a trail of blood spots behind me as I went all around the mats) followed by Tae Sabaki for the rest of the night --- mostly against punches to the head (hooks, to be specific).

Apparently, an alternate meaning to "Tae Sabaki" has something to do with strategy, which is very interesting indeed. When you say strategy, one typically thinks of that which has been planned or thought out a great deal --- something contrived or connived, if you will --- in anticipation of or in preparation for a particular, expected result.

When we practice Tae Sabaki, however, I suppose because of its immediately practical applications (as opposed to its additional, extended applications as openings to lengthier Aikido techniques), I sometimes feel that it is not so much planned or thought out strategy, as its focus is meant to illicit a natural, defensive response in one's body. But it is when I think of it in the sense of forcing (or rather, habituating) ourselves into becoming accustomed to reacting to certain attacks in certain ways, that I am made to think of this unifying of mind and body (or even the training itself) as a kind of strategy.
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