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Old 05-10-2002, 08:59 AM   #3
Edward
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Funakogi undo as we call it at our dojo is an exercice taken from shinto practice. Some exercices do not have a direct relation to aikido, but could help improve your ki, stability, or establish a link between heaven and earth, which seems an important theme for Osensei (he used to mention very often ten-chi with the aikidoka as the link in between).

Moreover, this pulling exercice is very useful to break uke's balance to the front before you can use such techniques as tenchinage or others. Curiously, we used to do a similar exercice in judo but at the chest level for exactly the same purpose.
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