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Old 01-24-2011, 01:57 PM   #31
Location: Rotterdam
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 459
Re: Aikido training - Why are you searching for internal strength?

Katherine Derbyshire wrote: View Post
Really? Stability doesn't matter in your practice? Ability to absorb/channel mechanical stress isn't important to you? Okay...
Christopher Li wrote: View Post
Stability isn't important during practice?
That's not what I said. I did suggest however that to the average hobby Aikido practicioner the superior stability, power generation and stress channeling/absorption one can gain through internal training aren't of that much use. Of much more use is what happens when you can redirect forces with little to no overt movement.

I think that most Aikido people really underestimate how unstable they are, and how much stress it puts on their body.

The "better in the gym" argument is, for me, a pointless argument. It would be better for my flexibility to do ballet - but I don't do ballet.
Fair enough.
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