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Old 03-12-2012, 11:38 AM   #289
Dojo: Charlotte Aikikai Agatsu Dojo
Join Date: Aug 2007
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Re: Are we really doing O'Senseis Aikido?

before the westerners shown up in Japan, Japanese tent to have the similar build. when westerner shown up, i believed various Asian martial arts made changes to accommodate the different builds. I was watching the show on the life of Bruce Lee on TV last night. They shown the scene in the Game of Death where Bruce fought against Kareem Abdul Jabbar. I was thinking if someone with the build of Bruce doing ikkyo on someone like Kareem, exactly the way O Sensei shown, that wouldn't work very well. For one thing, Kareem would just pick up his arm and toss that person across the room like a basketball or pick up his arm and let you dangle, running in mid-air.

"budo is putting on cold, wet, sweat stained gi with a smile and a snarl" - your truly
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