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Old 03-26-2012, 08:01 AM   #89
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Re: Fingers spread or together?

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Jim Clark wrote: View Post
Check out this video of a yoshinkan practitioner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEO8h...e_gdata_player

He starts with fingers spread wide while addressing uke. As soon as the waza starts, I only saw his fingers spread once, at the end of an iriminage/tenchinage, actually twice the other in a swariwaza grab. I have no idea whether this is intentional on his part or not, but he is clearly only taking the spread finger direction of Shioda Sensei in a static setup pose, not during execution of technique. (I don't think you can say Joe Thambu Shihan's aikido is weak or ineffective IMO). So once again why?

Regards,

Jim
Well, here is a video of a higher ranking Yoshinkan guy and it is pretty obvious throughout his entire engagement with uke he has his fingers spread. I am not a fan of the stiff Yoshikan style, but I understand Inoue's use of the fingers in his application.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wm5J...6&feature=plcp

Greg
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