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Old 08-30-2006, 12:09 PM   #7
Dojo: Finger Lakes Aikido
Location: Cortland, NY
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 980
Re: Buses and trains - effects on balance

Bob Strahinjevich wrote:
*cross posted from judoinfo. Figured you all might be interested in discussing this too?*

I'm wondering if anyone has noticed any interesting effects on their balance from riding on buses and trains?

Specifically, I mean without collapsing against walls or rails, nor holding onto handrails for great lengths of time. Keeping the feet light / yielding and the pelvis alive.

I've recently had some interesting experiences from this, so am curious to know if anyone else has experimented with this as a means of force redirection, moving from the centre etc.

Any comments?

I sometimes wonder if some of the stances adapted by karateka in the 20th century --- specifically the front stance and back stance favored by Shotokan --- came about as a way to try and stay stable on a train or the bus. I caught myself holding myself that way on subway trains or busses (when I go to Ottawa, New York, Toronto, or Washington, I use public transporation more than at home), and it's a thought that crossed my mind. It's porbably wrong, but it has crossed my mind.
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