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Old 02-27-2006, 05:47 AM   #31
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Re: Powerful

Mark Freeman wrote:
Speed, strength, and fitness are all well and good, but if you use strength to apply technique you are not applying the technique properly.
Well, aikido works against resistance. You must only use enough strength to foster that resistance.

So it's really not about using no strength but rather just the right amount and nothing more.

So my question is, how do you develop good technique by doing it incorrectly?
You develop good technique from correcting your crappy ones.

Finesse (nice word) needs to be built into practice from day one, IMHO slow soft practice leads to fast powerful aikido.
Yes. But slow and soft practice can also lead to slow and soft aikido. Now while that is in itself a good thing once training has come full circle (whenever that is) there are still a few steps in between.

Sometimes you just have to train like you really mean it if only to gain an understanding of the application.

True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.

Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching, Ch48
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