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Old 09-22-2006, 02:59 PM   #11
Dojo: Portland Aikikai
Location: Portland
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 82
Re: Do you remember your first time?

A long time ago my sensei had the few of us who were in class working on blending. The technique was some sort of sankyo projection, and on one of the passes I swear all I did was blend, connect, and move. It was as if the kid wasn't even there. I wasn't focused on throwing uke, but he flew halfway across the dojo. Upon seeing this, my sensei said something like, "Yes, that's it! Now do it every time."
Now, uke was very cooperative, but I have experienced that feeling a few times since then with more intent ukes. I'm always left with the epiphany of, "That's all I have to do?!" It's like magic, and incredibly anti-intuitive. Perhaps with a few decades of training...

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