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Old 10-02-2012, 01:27 PM   #104
Marc Abrams
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Re: Sumo: light vs heavy and IS?

Christopher Li wrote: View Post
The literal translation is that technique "comes into being" or "is born" - maybe I should have used that, the imagery is a little richer.

Anyway, it seems clear to me that he's not talking about "doing" or "applying" a technique, but is talking about something that is created spontaneously from his condition or state of being.

Tada seems to imply that this is automatic movement conditioned by repeated kata training - but I tend to think that approach goes too far down the wrong path, if that's what he's thinking.



That reminds me of a story I was told that when the US film crew was filming O'Sensei and Tohei Sensei. O'Sensei did a kokyu-nage and they asked him to do it again for the film. He did another kokyu-nage and they asked him why did not repeat what he was asked to do again. O'Sensei looked at them with a puzzled look and told them that he did.

Marc Abrams
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