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Old 08-22-2012, 03:12 PM   #4
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Re: Bokken Sparring- Chushin Tani Aikidojo

Thanks Russ. This is an example of a slow build to sparring. We started off with no armor at all, this required everyone learn control. We also played with a much simpler rule set which allowed us to practice with lots of control. Then we added armor, and speed and grappling slowly. We are building to a very free practice, that should as you say "keep the form". Only when you do things real time, or as the MMA crowd like to call it "Alive" can you actually see "Aiki". Without a real, unknown interaction you are only describing Aiki and not actually experiencing it.

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