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Old 05-16-2012, 10:57 PM   #3
Michael Varin
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Join Date: May 2005
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Re: On viewing technique

Chris,

I believe this is a very important point for beginners to consider.

It has been sometime, but I would actually focus on different things on different occasions.

Sometimes I would watch the feet, sometimes the hands, sometimes the relative body positions, sometimes the quality that uke was diplaying, sometimes the quality that nage was displaying, and sometimes I would just try to get a general "feel" for the technique. . . almost watching with blurred vision.

This worked very well for me. But, I would add that you should train with the best students as much as you can and be fully alert as uke. You learn a lot from recieving the technique.

-Michael
"Through aiki we can feel the mind of the enemy who comes to attack and are thus able to respond immediately." - M. Mochizuki
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