Thread: Ueshiba's Aiki
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:20 AM   #221
Dojo: Berkshire Hills Aikido
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Re: Ueshiba's Aiki

Gary Welborn wrote: View Post
Providing slight resistance, moderate resistance or extreme resistance in a setting where the parties are in agreement that this is the approach to be taken is "cooperative practice." It is this kind of paired practice with differing levels of resistance that let you know if you are on the right path to developing the tools needed to approach the limits of your art.
Hi Gary -

This is the approach we take with both technique practice and Ki development work. That said, the resistance offered by uke must make sense in a practical way. Resisting by ceasing all movement and turning into an immovable mountain of flesh and bone is pointless since uke disengages his attack. Unfortunately that is precisely what passes for resistance in a lot of peoples minds.

Gary Welborn wrote: View Post
A good friend of mine told me that if you are really a seeker you will at some point reach the end of what your teacher can give you and you have to go out on your own to fill in the rest through your adaptation of what you find combined with what you are now.
Interesting topic for another thread perhaps.

Gary Welborn wrote: View Post
This has all been, this thread and other like it, about defending positions and not about seeking, searching and improving.
All too often sad but true.