Thread: Who Said This
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:49 PM   #6
G DiPierro
Location: Ohio
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 365
Re: Who Said This

Well I liked it. Pretty much describes my own philosophy and explains why I have been steadily moving away from teaching technique per se for a while now. Mainstream aikido can have its focus on complex, choreographed waza that look real purdy but that don't have any basis in martial reality. I°«ll take someone who has the ability to blend with a realistic attack, take balance, and execute a basic throw (and this can be taught in under year, and perhaps even in a few months) over the typical aikikai shodan with 5+ years of experience who knows how to do a lot of flashy techniques on command (with a cooperative °»trained°… uke of course) but who has no concept of how to take balance unless it°«s handed to him on a silver platter. But that°«s just me (and, apparently, a few other guys).

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