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Old 09-12-2005, 10:18 AM   #11
billybob
 
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Re: Poll: How important is "being martially effective" in your aikido training?

A good friend I train with defines 'martial' to mean 'hard'. Perhaps the underlying question here is "Can soft technique be effective."

The answer is unequivocally YES. I train soft all the time - correction I TRY to train soft all the time. Old injuries and fears make me tense up, and each time I do I lose power and martial effectiveness.

Question to the Master: "Master, how do you do your technique so effortlessly?"

Master: "I don't use any effort. Do you have any other penetrating questions today?"

Dave
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