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Old 01-16-2007, 11:59 AM   #54
George S. Ledyard
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Re: Baseline skillset

John Riggs wrote:
Years ago, I saw Ikeda do an interesting exercise on redirecting forces. He would stand on one leg and have someone try to pull him over. He would then move them in the opposite direction.
One of the things which people don't realize is that this demonstration of standing one one leg is simply showing what you need to be doing when you walk. Walking in a grounded fashion is a matter of setting up a one point base so that you can move the other foot, then the weight shifts, a new one point base is established and so on.

The best way to practice this is to get the biggest guy in the dojo to stand in hanmi and tell him to try to be immoveable. Then you walk in this fashion right through him. If you do it right he'llpop up off his base. Keep walking and have him jump back. If you are doing it right, you won't fall forward. if you are merely pushing him, you'll fall forward when he jumps away. When I am teaching we refer to this as "power walking".

(Of course you only get thios result when the other fellow doesn't know how to ground out in the fashion that Mike is talking about. Then the guy who moves is hje opne who is less good at the skill)

George S. Ledyard
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Bellevue, WA
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