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Old 01-24-2011, 05:17 PM   #51
George S. Ledyard
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Re: Aikido training - Why are you searching for internal strength?

Katherine Derbyshire wrote: View Post
*shrug* Maybe, but I haven't found that visualization particularly helpful.

I have to say that "imposing my will on my partners" has been a singularly ineffective way of looking at what I do. No one "imposes his will" on my friend Robert Deppe as far as I can see. On the other hand, he can be persuaded to fall down if one listens to him telling you how he'd like to do so.

For someone of just over 100 pounds, I think "imposing the will" is just about the most useless way to think about your Aikido. Doesn't even work for me at over 250 lbs.

In the larger picture, I don't think any of my teachers ever talked about "imposing ones will" on anyone.

George S. Ledyard
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