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Old 10-21-2012, 11:16 AM   #191
Gary David
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Re: VoE: AWASE - The Principle of AIKI

Dan Harden wrote: View Post
........ I don't and neither did he and he stressed that he didn't give it importance over aiki. And just to be clear; all of his descriptions of aiki didn't involve form. In fact most of them were not even his-they came from other source material and directly pointed to solo training and what was happening inside of you!!
To add to Dan's questions one of my own.....all of these guys Dan refers to (Ueshiba, Shirata, Shioda, Mochizuki, Tomiki, and later Tohei and Saotome) how do they continue to have the abilities they exhibited at age? I don't think it was youthful speed, timing and the like. I am 70 and can still lift considerable amount of weight...I still go to the gym to keep the body working.....but I no longer turn, spin and the like as I once did.....technique isn't going to hold me over now and to continue to rely only on the outer form just won't do.....I don't think it did for these gentlemen either......

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