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Old 06-29-2005, 10:22 PM   #13
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Re: Weapons training leads to good aikido.

Once I had a junior member in my dojo asked me that he can't use his aikido against someone in his school. I asked him why? He said that the other boys kicks are to fast, punches too fast... etc etc.

I don't know why I did this but I went to the weapon's rack and took a jo. I got into ready position... and asked him to come at me with any attack he so desired.

He tried, but as I held my jo in my ready position, he couldn't find any opening to enter. Figuratively... I had tied his spirit down. He just could not enter into my zone.

The point I tried to make to him maybe was that it was easy to get confused and think how should be intercept a fast kicks etc etc... but when you have a weapon... the feeling is so totally different.

Hence my point... is I agreed with Nagababa wrt to weapon training... it add a bit of realism and weapon spirit (sorry for lack of proper word) to aikido.

I guess I am an advocate of weapon training.


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