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Old 07-18-2008, 06:37 AM   #10
Eric Webber
Dojo: Aikido West Reading
Location: Reading, Pa
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 261
Re: Techniques for beginners

If I have a brand-newbie in class, I usually spend some significant time on Tenkan from katatedori (same side grab). I move into an iriminage from this exercise, then perhaps a shihonage. I stick to things that can be practiced and experienced very slowly but while remaining physically connected to a partner (as opposed to teaching striking techniques). I like what Rob stated above about his first rule: "no sudden or jerky movements". I emphasize safety and connection.
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