Attacks During Demos at the Aiki Expo
This is a tough one, and I hope that I will not offend anyone. However, after going over the Expo tapes many times, it is clear to me that the demonstrations that seemed most forced were those where Uke takes a half hearted grip, then continues to hold on while the Sensei performed a technique. I'm not sure if I found those attacks dull, unrealistic, ineffective or what.
Likewise, those who only gave overhead attacks (20 in a row), did not score points with me. Stylistically speaking, the Yoshinkan and Yoseikan styles appeared to be showing their techniques from real, committed attacks. This I found most impressive.
I have heard some types of Aikido referred to as a Dog and Pony Show, because in some Aikikai styles and others, there is this forced demonstration of techniques instead of realistic attacks. I'd be interested in hearing others thoughts on this.
I wrote my opinion on these tapes in this thread.
I wrote my experience being one of the uke for one of the Aiki Expo demonstrations here:
IMHO, its is easy to criticize from a spectator position. I was at the Expo and was deeply impressed by most demonstrations.
I personally know that the Ukes for Phong Sensei were not half-hearted in their intent. He does not train that way.
I know other have admitted they moved slower than ususal in order to show the techniques.
I hope most people here will meet again at the Expo this year and have another great learning experience.
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