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Old 07-01-2002, 06:53 AM   #3
George S. Ledyard
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Re: Yoshinkan basics within the ASU

Originally posted by Steven
Jacques Payet Sensei of the Yoshinkan stated in his Aiki-Expo reflections on the Aikido Journal BB the following:

I'm courious as to what the ASU members on this board think of this and if this is encouraged.

Payet Sensei also said:

I wonder what folks think about this. I for one have learned a lot from my ASU brothers/sisiters at Pikes Peak Aikikai, my dojo away from home, so I agree with this statement and think it is a great thing.

Anyone know who may have encouraged this exchange?
Saotome Sensei, our teacher in the ASU, is not a teacher who presents things in a sequential and organized fashion. ASU folks often have sloppy basics at a given early rank on the other hand they tend to know more variations and have the ability to move between techniques if one technique is stopped by a partner.

I think that Ikeda Sensei's comment reflects his undertsanding that the Yoishinkan system is quite organized and helps students develop very solid basics. We could all benefir from that.

George S. Ledyard
Aikido Eastside
Bellevue, WA
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