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Old 01-17-2007, 08:15 AM   #73
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
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Re: Baseline skillset

From what I understand, he was specifically enjoined from hurting the camera man. Pretty severe limitation in my opinion.

Michael Varin wrote:
I have a question regarding the martial effectiveness of these "baseline" skills and ki/kokyu demonstrations.

If you watch the footage of "Rendezvous with Adventure" when Tohei is taking on the cameraman it looks very different. Don't get me wrong I think Tohei handled the situation fairly well considering the 60+ lbs weight disadvantage, but he was facing an untrained individual and by no means had an easy time. The result was typical of a resistive engagement. This episode was filmed in 1958, so Tohei would have had 12-18 years of aikido and judo before that. I may lack the experience with the higher level of ki and kokyu practices to say for sure, but if these offer you such an advantage and are so visually impressive why did he not use this ability?


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