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Old 09-04-2006, 07:02 PM   #21
Peter Goldsbury
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Re: No touch throw - again? OMG!!!

Mary Eastland wrote:
Peter Goldsbury wrote.....I think demonstrations are very special and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
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Hi Peter:

I am not sure what you mean by your final sentence. Could you clarify, please?

On another note:

I enjoyed this demonstration. Thank you, Xuzen, for posting it. The ukes are amazing and Watanabe Sensei's timing is impeccable.


Hello Mary,

I was brought up in an aikido school of thought according to which demonstrations are no different from one's daily training. In other words, if you need to do a demonstration, you show precisely the kind of waza that you would do in a class. This is one reason why I do not like some parts of the All-Japan Demonstration. They are too staged and some shihans appear to do 'special' waza, just because it is a demonstration.

So then the question arises why one would need to a 'demonstration', as against 'normal training'. In O Sensei's case, the demonstration was an expression of respect to the emperor and the demonstrations held in Iwama are done for a similar particular purpose, as an offering to the shrine deities.

However, my way of thinking is probably conservative.

Best wishes,

P A Goldsbury
Hiroshima, Japan
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