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Old 10-15-2002, 11:43 AM   #37
opherdonchin
Dojo: Baltimore Aikido
Location: Baltimore
Join Date: Jul 2002
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I'm not thinking martial strategy for a moment, I'm thinking inadvertant injury. If nage is pretty focused on applying the nikyo and the beginner is relatively inexperienced in taking ukemi, my experience says that a lot more force develops at the wrist before uke really realizes it when uke has his arm locked. I'm not sure exactly why that is: increased lever arm with the extended arm, maybe, or just extension of the arm preventing flexion of the knees. I don't know, but that's my experience.

As far as martial strategy goes, my understanding of how 'fights' work is very limited due to a (blessed) lack of any real experience. What I was told, though, is that a straight arm when your wrist is even partially controlled is an opening for nage to break your elbow.

Yours in Aiki
Opher
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