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Old 10-01-2002, 07:36 PM   #11
G DiPierro
Location: Ohio
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 365
Jun Akiyama (akiy) wrote:
One of the senior students here warns about the misconception that we have to train differently in practicing aikido weapons than what we normally do in empty handed practice. Both are there to cultivate the same principles.
There is a famous teaching, often ascribed to O Sensei, that says that when holding a sword, one should move as if empty-handed, and when empty-handed, one should move as if holding a sword.
Lastly, some koryu folks I know believe empty-handed training derived from weapons training rather than the other way around.
This is true. Aikido is derived from the classical Japanese tradition which was, for historical reasons, based primarily on weapons. In other traditions, such as kungfu or Okinawan karate, empty-handed training may be the primary form.
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