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Old 02-02-2007, 04:52 AM   #20
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Dojo: Academy of Warrior Spirit
Location: tampa
Join Date: Aug 2004
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Re: Poll: How important is physical body size for effective aikido techniques?

My 'long' Sensei makes a point of showing techniques on the shortest person in class - so that we too learn to bend our knees and get our center below ukes when appropriate. The message is - if i can do it, so can you.

What's funny is when this fellow stands with palms toward me and says 'ok, attack me'.

Sure. I'll wade in past the extra six inches of arm you have and swing at your chin! I tapped each of his hands and kicked toward his knee. Someone laughed. Sensei smiled and said 'no, punch'. The other beginners thought I was being goofy, but it didn't make sense to attack 'the monster' head on.

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