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Old 05-28-2006, 06:42 PM   #7
Location: Miami, FL
Join Date: Aug 2000
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Re: Poll: Which of the following attacks is the most difficult for you to handle during aikido training?

When my sensei would teach katate and kosa, he would occasionally instruct nage to gradually pull back as uke attacks, therefore beginning the technique with uke somewhat off his center. It was quite difficult for me as nage to decide just how quickly and just how much to pull back...too much or too quickly and a real attacker might change his mind on the attack. Not enough, and you don't get that extra advantage of taking a piece of his center. Therefore, when I first saw kosa and katate on the poll, I thought, "nope, those are the simplest ones." Then I remembered the subtlety involved in reacting to those attacks in a dynamic, non-static manner.

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