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Old 10-28-2012, 05:27 PM   #22
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
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Re: "Don't use strength!"

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By strength most people mean using flexed muscles, especially the big muscles in our arms, shoulders and backs. But if you flex those muscles, they tense and you can't do anything more with them and have to reset them to use them again. Not only that, but flexing your muscles makes you stiff and rigid and easy to topple.
If you look at most aikido techniques, they use the extensor muscles, not the flexor muscles (making the distinction between flexion/extension vs. contraction/relaxation).
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