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Old 08-16-2005, 10:32 AM   #40
rob_liberti
Dojo: Shobu Aikido of Connecticut
Location: East Haven, CT
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Re: "Traditional budo" and "Fighting art"

What _I_ mean by sophisticated movement is not powering through using normal arm strength, not trying to make the person fall with a joint lock (but rather affecting their balance - getting their mind to momentarily go to regain their balance before applying the joint lock), not directly pushing, pulling, lifting, cranking, yanking, depending on sudden and jerky movements, threatening with your non-violence, etc.

When I try to move my teacher with normal arm strength, some of my back/shoulder muscles go into instant spasm. I can really tense up my arm and power into his center - but I can't keep that up for any reasonable amount of time because I can't react as fast to a change of situation when I'm being strong in that kind of way.

Rob
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