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Old 07-25-2005, 06:14 PM   #58
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Re: ?? Exaggeration in Aikido ??

Jean de Rochefort wrote:
If you say so, Kevin.

I know one thing. The phrase I've heard over and over is: One attack, one technique.

Someone attacks you, we train to stop their attack with one technique (not roll around on the ground or exchange punches--stop them).
That pretty much cuts to the heart of what this thread is about. Just because that's the way we train in the dojo don't kid yourself that that's how you should be fighting. In fact I tell my guys that it's only when they screw up and have to start bouncing between techniques that they actually start doing aikido. Our training method creates a type of fiction. One attack one technique is an ideal - if you think that that's what you'll be doing consistantly in reality against a true bad guy - you've fallen victim to exactly the exagerration under discussion.

"When your only tool is a hammer every problem starts to look like a nail"
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