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I love train rides and bus rides and anything else that lets me just daydream as we roll along. Here are some thoughts re. aikido (from what I understand, whether right or wrong) from today's trip in to work:
Getting hit/imposed upon is the super big thing to avoid, right? Someone needs to keep control of your line for that to happen. Well, staying moving (in a way that always shifts your center) keeps your line moving which helps avoid someone getting you through it.
Keeping footwork simple makes it easier to stay in contact with the ground and grounded (please excuse the pun!).
Being short makes it easier to slip under and into someone's gap to atemi them. It's harder to reach up if you need to grab them in a choke from behind, but once you grab them it's easier to control them since they need to lower themselves drastically (and often way out of their comfort zone) to protect their windpipe from you swinging on it.