Rob Liberti wrote:
I think you really need to understand the omote version if you want to have any hope of being able to understand more about the ura version. That's just my opinion.
Well its clear I need to understand ikkyo omote more. If it will in turn open up and transform my ikkyo ura, then well and good. But I'm nowhere near there yet. Instead, the direction of learning for now is the other way; I look to make my omote as smooth and natural as the ura. It is omote that seems hidden and ura that lies in plain sight. Seems, anyway. If there is anything certain in my aikido, its that when I think I have something down pat, sooner or later I have to take it apart and start all over again.