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Old 09-12-2005, 08:24 PM   #14
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Dojo: Aikido of Petaluma, Petaluma,CA
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Re: Poll: How important is "being martially effective" in your aikido training?

Well, my training isn't about Martial Anything, it is about How Aikido changes me, but I seem to be developing some kind of martial artist's vision. Omne night a couple weeks ago we were working on Blending techniques, variations on tai no henko, mostly. after one demo I was sitting with my jaw dropped and Sensei asked me what was going on, and I said I couldn't see any martial application or even logic in the technique, as he was leading uke, who had a free hand behing sensei's head and coulda grabbed or hit him at any time.
Sensei replied that it doesn't have a martial application, if he had to give a martial response to the same attack---and gave his uke an ikkyo that had him parallel to the mat six feet in the air...
We, as a group, however, are there for the Other Aspects of aikido. Self defense is a side effect....


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