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Old 07-18-2000, 10:41 PM   #6
AikiTom
Dojo: Aikido Martial Arts Center
Location: Blue Grass, IA
Join Date: Jul 2000
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I agree with the above. I think it becomes a matter of "ki sensing" to me, that is, where the energy is going - up,down, right, left - and going with it not against it.

That said, I once browsed a judo book in a bookstore that had a simple idea in it: it said to mentally draw a line between your opponent's feet, then right in the halfway point of that line imagine a second line crossing it at an exact right (90 degree) angle - that's your direction of kuzushi, or "off-balancing." Try it for yourself, it's pretty good. Problem: 1) spend too much time looking at feet and you're history 2) hakamas

Good luck

May the force be with you!
AikiTom
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