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Old 01-08-2013, 11:01 AM   #5
dave9nine
Dojo: Aikido Institute - Oakland
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Re: The shoulder grab - where does this come from

in my iwama-lineage dojo, kata dori is often explained as something you would do as you are trying to attack with the other hand. we are specifically told to avoid grabbing too close to the chest -- it should be more on the outside of the shoulder so that you could extend the person away from you if needed. we are also told to avoid leaving the thumb inside.
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