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Old 01-10-2007, 01:25 PM   #19
Erick Mead
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Re: Irimi or Omote?!!!

Rupert Atkinson wrote:
Did Ueshiba really say 16? I have never heard that, though it does make things easy if they are grouped. I do prefer the 'eight' Jun spoke of though (his 8 are half your 16).
Yep. 'Tis true -- rather daunting, but true:
O Sensei -- 1957 Interview-- wrote:
B: How many techniques are there in Aikido?

O Sensei: There are about 3,000 basic techniques, and each one of them has 16 variations . . . so there are many thousands. Depending on the situation, you create new ones.
My set of 16 and the ideas underlying may be wrong, but I haven't heard of any other variational schemes more persuasive. And I have been looking.

I do not know of any "canonical" description given to us of the exact variational scheme he spoke of. I am forced to "steal" the knowledge, therefore, from his bare comment and my own observations of variation in practice and movement.

I am open to any good arguments to the contrary. The one I have has been still fairly useful, even so.


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