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Old 11-17-2011, 10:11 AM   #75
Tim Ruijs
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Re: "stance of heaven (and earth)" and IS

Katherine Derbyshire wrote: View Post
With someone like Saotome Sensei, uke's balance is already gone by the time he actually touches nage. Which of course makes technique very easy.
This would actually be what I/we work on to achieve. the moment the attacker decides to attack me, he has already lost

It's possible to accomplish that without "internal" skills of any kind, through timing, body movement, etc. But it becomes more difficult the more skillful the attacker is.
Three different levels of practise exist (at least as we look at it): go tai (solid), ju tai (liquid), ki tai (gas). Where the first two the initiative lies with aite and the third at tori. One can imagine that more skilled attackers become more solid and thus harder to control. Note that solid does not mean statue like, but more to act in strong coherent way. Most of the time practise is done ju tai because it easier to learn the techniques (global form) and small errors will not disturb flow too much.

In a real fight:
* If you make a bad decision, you die.
* If you don't decide anything, you die.
Aikido teaches you how to decide.
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