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Old 03-28-2007, 08:08 PM   #6
sullivanw
Dojo: Portland Aikikai
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Join Date: Mar 2005
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Re: Poll: How important is working with strong-gripped, "static grabs" in your aikido

From a novice's point of view, static grabs seem to be a useful tool for establishing good structure and connection. When I began training I used to grip with my fingers and hold on for dear life - didn't work at all. At some point I started grabbing more and more with my center. Catching a glimpse of that difference has informed my approach to ukemi tremendously.

-Will
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