Thread: Tai Sabaki
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Old 06-03-2002, 01:40 PM   #1
Doug Mathieu
Dojo: Aikido Bozankan
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 64
Tai Sabaki

Hi All

I have a question on Tai Sabaki.

Over the years I commonly hear the same remark from our Shihan in Western Canada and that is during seminars and tests students have either poor tai sabaki or do not apply enough tai sabaki.

I have a general understanding that tai sabaki has to do with body motion.

In my earlier stages of training I thought that meant he wanted us to make bigger motions and that we were to tight and small with our movement. Then I thought it was more the issue of poor foot work and body position. More recently I have been thinking it has to be more yet. Here is what I have come up with:

1. Footwork
2. Proper Body position
3. timing of movement
4. Whole body movement compared to arms only or upper body
5. correct order of movement

The difficulty we have is our Shihans english is very broken so its hard to know if his choice of words matches his intent.

Do you think I'm on the right track, is there really only one aspect, do you have a better way to pull it together? Is there one central theme that defines what good tai sabaki really is?

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