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Old 09-06-2001, 05:21 AM   #6
Dojo: ShinToKai DoJo of AiKiDo
Location: Brazil
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 355

Originally posted by Olaf
Dear all,
I just came back from Saotome Sensei's France seminar, and, just like at other seminars before, we did practice both ashi waza and sutemi waza, among other not "main-stream Aikikai" things.
I think it is kind of self-restricting to say: oh, this is not Aikido, it's a Judo technique, or, no, that's sweeping uke's feet, which is not in Aikido books and hence no Aikido either, or how about the use of Atemi...
I like to follow Saotome Sensei's approach, which is to instantaneously and as harmoniously as possible connect to uke's center, control the martial situation, and apply techniques as they present themselves. If the situation calls for Atemi, so be it. If Uke presents his front leg for a sweep, take it. Anyway, that's how I think of it...
Olaf Schubert
Shoshin Aikido Dojo Rodgau
KAMI : In other words, EVERYTHING is Aikido...

I agree with that.

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