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Old 01-15-2012, 10:23 PM   #20
graham christian
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Re: What Distinguishes Aikido from Daito Ryu?

David Soroko wrote: View Post
Not sure about "2) Uke Has a Way Out". Saito sensei wrote; "Aikido is generally believed to represent circular movements. Contrary to such belief, however, Aikido, in its true Ki form, is a fierce art piercing straight through the centre of opposition." and the latter "When let loose mercilessly, Aikido techniques do not allow Ukemi."

- Traditional Aikido Vol. 5
Circular movements, true Ki form, not allowing ukemi, all one and the same thing spiritually.

Consider this, rather than 'uke has a way out' but uke is always given a way out.

This doesn't mean escape, it means shown no escape and yet unharmed, defeated yet still whole, returned to humility.

The word 'fierce' above is a descriptive term for non resistive. The next descriptive term 'mercilessly' to me means merely without deviation or addition. Not allowing ukemi means to me not allowing the uke to choose which ukemi for the end result is already there.

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