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Old 10-21-2005, 11:28 PM   #17
Janet Rosen
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Re: Poll: How important is actively applying the "principles" of aikido "off the mat"

David Knowlton wrote:
Because 'being' gentle seems to be our goal, sometimes I wonder why we train a specific response to specific attacks.
well, there is an important role for that kind of kata style training, in that it sets up muscle and movement patterns, akin to how we internalize how to drive a car....but some of us train in dojos that explicitly integrate other forms/modalities in addition to what you describe. If you aren't getting an integrated approach AND you feel it is something missing from your practice, you may not need to cross train in tai chi, but visit some other aikido dojo if you live in an area that has a variety..

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