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Old 03-01-2011, 10:37 AM   #7
Demetrio Cereijo
Join Date: Nov 2004
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Re: Aikido, Martial Arts & Sparring

Hunter Lonsberry wrote: View Post
I was under the impression that various koryu styles, at least in weapons, lacked a free sparing element. Instead paired kata were the norm, but the timing could be unpredictable.
While others engaged in sparring. The kata vs sparring controversy in classical JMA is, as Prof Friday states in his "Legacies of the sword: the Kashima-Shinryū and samurai martial culture", 300 years old.
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