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Old 11-02-2011, 10:12 PM   #85
Joe McParland
 
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Re: Being overly complacent as Uke

The thread is a long read, so forgive me if someone's hit this point already:

If while performing a technique as nage you experience concerns about the performance of uke--too compliant, too resistant, or whatever--you've just been disrupted with something as hard as an atemi. Uke has, intentionally or unintentionally, taken your mind.

It's that same disruption of expected response--the leading, the entering, the turning, the off-balancing, the kiai, the atemi, the application of pain just so, …--that moves practitioners beyond the mechanics of technique ("form"). The concern that uke is "wrong," is a signal of nage's own expectation.

That's not to say that there's not a time for this or that kind of practice--or that uke is "right;" it's only a caution: masakatsu agatsu and all that.

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