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Old 03-25-2008, 04:09 PM   #14
Tharis
Dojo: Chicago Aikikai
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Re: The Topic I never Wanted To Post

I think "practical" Aikido will always require a certain degree of atemi, unless you've got the skill of a shihan.

And yeah, I've been there. A big revelation for me was that "technique" isn't really what you should expect yourself to do if you're in a free sparring situation. "Technique," practiced well, will teach you the instincts that you'll need to use in a situation.

To paraphrase an old cliche:

Fighting with Aikido is like screwing for virginity.

Last edited by Tharis : 03-25-2008 at 04:15 PM.
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