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Old 09-27-2006, 10:04 PM   #31
David Orange
Dojo: Aozora Dojo
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Re: What is "Aikido"?

Robert John wrote:
Sword vs. No sword...requires you having the "connected" body, apply kuzushi to the person simply by touching him.
But what do you do about the sword?

Robert John wrote:
(To the other guy it just looks like you raised your arm straight up, but somehow his blade is still deflected, and he's way off balance)
Yes. What is the 'somehow'? How do you avoid being hit by the sword?

Robert John wrote:
...use of the internal pressures allow you to make slight minute adjustments in your own body simply, almost indicernable to the outside viewer, but with the result being that you still take the guys center on contact and hence his sword as well. (All the while not "resisting" against the line of attack)
Granted, that's a simplistic explanation.
I don't find it very clear. What does it take to avoid the sword?

And what is it that differentiates aikido from judo, jujutsu or sumo? You've said that the internal pressure ideas come from sumo in large part (as does much of Japanese martial art). So what you and Tim have described could speak as well for jujutsu and judo. In fact, it seems to describe those arts better than it does aikido.

How do you differentiate? What's the difference in the arts? Mike Sigman likes to point to the "sudden" development of Tenryu to mastery of aikido, but that overlooks literal decades of training in sumo. So it wasn't really very quick development at all. But what was the difference in what he had been doing and in what he learned from Morihei Ueshiba?

I think it's related to cutting with the sword and avoiding the sword. Ueshiba once said that the essence of aikido is "thrusting with the Japanese sword."

So how do you recognize aikido as opposed to sumo or jujutsu?


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