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Old 07-24-2008, 11:47 AM   #17
Dojo: Shobu Aikido of Connecticut
Location: East Haven, CT
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,402
Re: Techniques for beginners

What exercises do you recommend?

Those principles always remind me of Steve Martin's tips on how to make a million dollars and not pay any taxes.
Step 1 - first you make a million dollars
Step 2 - then, don't pay any taxes

Those "principles" always seemed to me to be more "hints" than "directions".

I am currently learning/doing all sorts of mental tricks holding my intentions in various places - up and down, right and left, curving around up and over and curving down then up all around me, connecting my hands across my body to my opposite hips, thighs, feet as needed, etc. All of that imagery has been really helpful - when I had my body lined up properly both static and moving.

I don't know too many tips in "aikido" like those other than:

1) The energy flowing through your unbendable arm like water through a hose (always pretty good to get started).
2) Think about a fire hose that no one was holding. It spirals around. Imagine energy flowing up your body through your head like that fire hose, and imagine your arms sticking out perpendicular to that verticle flow to be supported by the energetic spirals for techniques from katatetori.

What other ones? Which ones are the most helpful for beginners?

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