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Old 10-24-2011, 12:58 AM   #17
Chris Li
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Re: Instruction vs. Teaching, some thoughts

Ed Shockley wrote: View Post
I believe that O"Sensei is wiser than us all. Aikido is a philosophy translated into movement. When I demonstrate tenchi nage and describe that "heaven seeks heave, earth seeks earth and they meet in man (hara/tanden) the it is Morihei Ueshiba guiding the student as I simply demonstrate a technique. "Move off the line" "yield when pushed..." World over we have heard his philosophies spoken in every dojo and demonstrated in every technique. I suspect that if you introduce technique to your students with a minimum of explanation then you will provide everything that they need.
Then wouldn't students of Daito-ryu, which contains virtually all the same techniques, naturally begin practicing Ueshiba's philosophy? If not, then why not?

Then again, what if much of the "philosophy" actually contained important technical information. Information without which it would be difficult or impossible to actually do more than just copy the outer form?



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