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Old 01-24-2006, 04:23 AM   #9
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
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Re: Poll: How important is slow training in aikido?

I like to break training up into 3 types (in order of progression):
1. stationary (i.e. a hard grab) - to learn body mechanics
2. slow attack and slow response - to learn how to blend with precision and increase sensetivity whilst maintaining connection (also to learn how to change technique, when and why)
3. fast and hard attacks - to learn timing and develop reactions

Thus IMO slow training is an essential aspect of aikido and without it it is difficult to improve sensivity and blending.

---understanding aikido is understanding the training method---
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