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Old 10-28-2012, 04:41 PM   #21
Robert Cowham
Dojo: East Sheen Aikido and Kashima No Tachi
Location: London, UK
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 279
Re: "Don't use strength!"

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Grondahl- When Sempai does technique on me it still feels like strength to me. Just more fluid feeling. Funny as soon as I move they stop me and say too strong. Honestly sometimes I just stand there for the whole time because I have no idea how to move without strength.
As others have said - if you don't have any good examples in your dojo of what you can feel as really using much less local muscular strength, then you may need to seek them elsewhere - they do exist

George Leonard's book "Mastery" is good on plateaus...

You are in good company in getting frustrated - see interviews with Endo sensei for example and what he went through.

Peter Ralston's books are also an excellent resource to challenging your thinking about strength.
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