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Old 07-03-2006, 08:53 AM   #80
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Dojo: Tsubaki Kannagara Jinja Aikidojo; Himeji Shodokan Dojo
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Re: Saito Sensei & the no-hands throw

Don Magee wrote:
If thats the case, why leave the house at all.
Something tells me you weren't saying a person should assume an attacker (or potential attacker) is unarmed. If that's the case, my post was kinda pointless. I replied first thing after waking up (well, second thing: I started some tea before rushing over the PC); I was a bit groggy. It seemed to me you were saying if one knows another person (random strangers) is wielding a knife, they're less likely to be cut than someone who doesn't consider the possibility. Personally, if I'm dealing with a possible confrontation, I'll not assume anything, if I can help it. I'll treat the person as if they might be armed, but might not attack, if it's still a situation that is only a "potential" attack. Face to face, if I don't assume they're unarmed, it seems to me, my understanding of whether or not they're holding a knife becomes moot. I could also be wrong.
Bringing this back on topic, I think no-touch exercises could be good for practicing those subtle postural changes which can give one a slight advantage in a tough situation like this. If a stranger walks up to me and gets too close, I'll move off the line a little, almost as if they've just pushed me. I try to get the feeling of resonating with their movements and acting accordingly. Maybe it's all a mind-game, but it's a mind game which has kept me on my toes when I've "played" it. Perhaps the no-touch throw is this concept taken to the extream. My friends have often liked to break into a sudden game of slap boxing, which has usually started without any warning. Sometimes, by basing my movements on theirs, I've been able to keep from getting slapped; sometimes I haven't. Granted, as uke, we're committing to an inferior position...instead of entering and breaking balance and leverage of the slap, maybe I'd have gone flying as if from sayu nage, but it was the timing response which was the active principle there....I think.
Considering some of what I saw in that video of Watanabe, another possible benefit could be like running with weights...if I can attack in a weak way but still reach through it and strengthen those muscles, perhaps it's like a medicine ball for postural muscles. I do notice the better I am at keeping my balance while moving in contorted ways, the better I am able to counter some technique...relative to earlier abilities in my own case, at least. I know that, after having shiho nage done to me a lot at Kannagara Jinja (in which we basically force uke into a "bridge" to protect the head) I felt more and more stable and was more and more able to resist sloppy technique...not that I was very good at it, but I noticed an improvement. Maybe it's similar when Watanabe's uke "grabs" and turns over into a sort of standing bridge? I dunno...just trying to think how it might be beneficial...then again, I've been told by enough people that I think too much so...
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