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Old 01-17-2006, 11:00 AM   #23
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Re: Aikido and Target Focus Training

I break this thread into 2 topics:
1. Is precision striking effective in fights?
2. Does anyone have feedback on precision striking systems, such as TFT?

I believe precision striking is effective in fighting. I believe that precision striking is similar in concept to the practice of sword cutting. The human body has strengths and weaknesses and to learn to exploit weakness is effective training. Precision striking exists in most martial arts in some fashion, and should also exist in Aikido.

I do not train in a specific striking art. Like previous posts, I think there are many systems that are not legitimate and may cause more harm than good. I think a good boxing school or karate instructor would be more than competent to instruct on the basics of good striking. Don't look for exotic methods or Internet gurus, stick with the basics...
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