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Old 04-17-2002, 01:15 PM   #32
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Question Re: Pointless techniques

Originally posted by bujin
Are there any techniques which you consider totaly useless in a fight?
I would say that majority of kokyu nage techniques are pure lŽart pour lŽart.
If done correctly, ALL Aikido techniques are kokyu nages.

Kokyu nage originally means Breath (Kokyu) Throw (Nage). However a better translation of it would be Timing Throw, since traditionally the timing was taken from the breath. You always struck or threw on an exhale.

When you do a technique in Aikido, you're always looking for that perfect timing, or at least performing the technique within the Window of Opportunity (Time) that the technique permits. Therefore, by definition, all correctly done Aikido techniques are kokyu nages, since all techniques are accurately performed within the field of time.

That means you don't have to grind down someone in a sankyo or break your partner's wrist in a kotegashi. Your training partners will gratefully follow your superb lead because you've developed impecable timing in your techniques.

It is not practice that makes perfect, it is correct practice that makes perfect.
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