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Old 01-31-2008, 08:45 PM   #104
Chris Parkerson
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Re: Is Aikido effective for police?

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Kevin Leavitt wrote: View Post

I think you can distill stuff down and simplify things quite a bit. You can narrow the scope of the training to fit the situations that are most common.

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So, we re-looked at it, and found that basically you must work on the "macro" first. that is, "taking center", kusushi, establishing dominance...or what ever you like to call it.

So then you teach macro muscle memory, that is developing a spontaneous and instinctual response or flinch that falls in line with normal movements.

you then spend your precious practice time committing this to muscle memory until in becomes normal and instinctual.

High payoff, less time, natural movement or spontaneous flinch response.
Kevin,

We are totally in sinc even though we work with different groups. Fine tuned muscle memory simply does not exist when the heart beats fast. If folks cannot train regularly, they need "instinctive" movements that they place in their "in basket file" rather than somewhere in their archived storage files. The simple approach to a 3 day seminar for private citizens should focus on "Position before submission/technique". We often call this Tai Sabaki or Tai Jitsu. It should come before Te Jitsu.

IF YOU CANNOT GET OUT OF IT, GET INTO IT.
DANGER...GO FORWARD!
TAKE CENTER
DO NOT BACK OFF
TRUST YOUR WEAPONS (hands, feet, head, shoulder hips)

Traditional Aikido is a whole different training philosophy based on long range goals, sophisticated movement, and training the body to keep a regulated pulse.

Aikido could also improve in how it teaches by making things more instinctive. But this is a very different conversation..... One well worth discussing, however.
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