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Old 09-18-2000, 06:57 AM   #4
Location: ATL
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 847
Our sensei talks of four concepts or priciples that make up strong, effective aikido (or something to that effect, my mind fails me), they are:

Ma-ai - Distance
Ri-ai - Timing
Segyo - Control
Kimei - Focus

we also practice 4 basic principles in our aikido. those are

Keep your one-point (hara)
Keep weight underside
Relax completely
Extend Ki

while the first four are 4 things that allow aikido (or any martial art)to be effective, the last four will help to make anyones technique stronger
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