Re: Popkin Roppokai DRAJJ in South Florida 4.22-23
Thanks for the review! The chart of differences in movement between the 2 arts was especially nice. Do you feel that any of these differences (or any other specific differences) might be actively preventing or slowing down aikidoka in their growth toward the kind of ability that you describe as being common in Roppokai but rare in aikido? That is, the ability to crumple uke seemingly from inside his own body?
As you said, many aikido shihans seem to have this ability, but it seems like something about the way we practice may be preventing us from easily learning it. Or is it simply because aikido teachers don't focus on this?