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Old 12-07-2006, 04:01 PM   #488
Dojo: Shodokan
Location: London, UK
Join Date: Jun 2003
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Re: Aikido: The learning of natural movement

Dan Harden wrote:
Not to put too fine a point on it.
But I'm really starting to question folks understanding of the phrase internal "power." Its not always about pushing you off or rebounding you.
But I'd say the skill is useful - for the rebounding, and also seems to be a pretty standard ticket to show who has at least their foot in the door.
It is THEE finest way to connect and be ghosty, or connect and carry/lead their intent around with you or lead it off that I know of.
Yeah, and even when someone's "ghosting" they still have a grounded, connected body... or perhaps a controlled "disconnected" body, if things get into a fix.
Power ? Yes?
But, for many uses.
I especially like the speed that seems to come with the skills. The whole body moving and connected. Watching Akuzawa move across the floor was very impresssive. And that sometimes things are *fast* and other times it might not be fast, but seems wholly unstoppable.

I'm also a big fan of the resulting realising a better daily posture, less wear on the body, and starting to learn of the body's systems which would normally seem spntaneous or automatic.
And fighting if you have the skill and experience and train becomes a connected whole. Mind/.body/fighting accumen all in one.
The -way-you choose to fight is up to you. No matter what your choice intense or casual you will just be more efficient, controlling of their efforts, and very difficult to stop for average Martial artists.
Absolutely! And its a fascinating study.

Dave Findlay

Dave Findlay
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