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Old 07-21-2006, 10:25 AM   #8
markwalsh
Dojo: Airenjuku Brighton
Location: On the road - UK
Join Date: Jul 2003
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Re: Aikido in a Work Out Gym

"Can you explain this? or do you have a link to a website detailing what he does? I've never heard of it."

I'm under-qualified to answer this but I'll give it a go....

As I understand it the use of the weights promotes relaxed, efficient body movement and extension. Because it makes things bloody hard work - your body learns to economize. Same principle as training the same technique for a few hours non-stop. Another way they can help is by increasing and thus he lighting the physical forces at work on your body when you perform an action, for example tenkan.

I might have completely missed the point. There's a good called Iron Balls and Elbow Power available through Ezra Shihan's organization site:

http://www.aikido.co.uk/books.htm

I happily put this plug in for two reasons: Ezra Shihan has personally been supportive of me over the years, and I regard him as one of the finest aikido instructors in the world (having seen many), who I would love to see better recognized by the wider aikido community.
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