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Old 08-08-2000, 09:05 AM   #17
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In many styles of Aikido, randori refers to a particular kind of practice, not freestyle - that would be called jiyuwaza. In many approaches to randori, you only use kokyunage-type throws, Never joint locks, because they take way too much time in that kind of multiple-attack situation to apply. Locks would be applied in jiyuwaza practice instead. So, when the uke are good enough to take the falls, it's not hard to practice full out, and that is done in many dojo(s). The people at Ken Ota's are very good at taking falls, so they practice randori a lot. It's good experience, especially when applied to the kind of situation that was originally described - an attack by eight people - because you move fast and the attackers tend to get in each others' way.

Larry Novick
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