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Old 12-19-2005, 02:56 PM   #4
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Feb 2004
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Re: Techniques for Demonstration

You can keep it very simple with tenkan ho and irimi ho. Also, I saw one demonstration where the aikido group walked in shikko around the mat which was twenty by twenty feet. I didn't think that was a good idea because I thought that most in the audience would look at the shikko walking as something they 'could probably never do'. It is a good idea to avoid a flashy martial arts demonstration and instead opt for the very ordinary. Aikido has an amazing amount of techniques available, so it is perhaps best to focus on demonstrating principle, like getting off the line, weapon take aways, etc. A crowd pleaser is to finish with a randori, again keeping the techniques simple.
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