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Old 04-29-2008, 08:35 PM   #4
Dojo: Messores Sensei (Largo, Fl.)
Location: Florida
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Re: Popkin Roppokai DRAJJ in South Florida 4.22-23

Jonathan Wong wrote: View Post
The chart of differences in movement between the 2 arts...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?
In general, I believe that previous MA training helps in new arts more than it hurts.

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?
I'd go with the latter.

Don J. Modesto
St. Petersburg, Florida
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