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Old 09-07-2008, 07:23 AM   #68
rob_liberti
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Re: The continued Evolution of Aikido

In an extremely traditional dojo I like to visit in Japan, when someone hits say yondan, they will typically ask their sandan training partners after class to start with some basic aikido attack and then try ANYTHING to hit or bring them to ground during the execution of the technique they are trying to do. Things tend to get more LIVE after that. I think that doing such things earlier in your aikido career is not necessarily "aikido evolution" - but I can see it evolving you as a martial artist in general. If you can get to yondan ability sooner then great. That's been my focus in terms of "the evolution of aikido". YMMV

Rob

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