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Old 08-31-2006, 12:05 PM   #1
Dojo: Messores Sensei (Largo, Fl.)
Location: Florida
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 1,267
When is HENKA WAZA hunky-dori?

New thread for a tangent from about an intransigent training partner and what to do about him.

Posters made the following points:
Don Magee wrote:
I know you are trying to work a single technique, but my advice is to just change the technique. Make it work by just changing to something he is not resisting. Blend with him. It will make you better.
Roman Kremianski wrote:
I personally like training with ukes like this. It's very...different. If you get too comfy and sheltered doing a previously easy technique on someone and all the sudden this technique fails on the resistant uke, then it really opens up your eyes. Not to mention you can work on alternatives.
I made the point...
Don J. Modesto wrote:
I agree and do this.

Unfortunately, you may run into the teacher's ego here. I've had more than one come by and chide me for doing something different than he had divinely dispensated to the class. Geez, at some point, the rubber's gotta hit the road. With TAKEMUSU AIKI the ideal, we can realistically ask if it's not explicitly prohibited in most teachers' classes.
What say you? When can one actually shift the prescribed technique?

Don J. Modesto
St. Petersburg, Florida
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