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Old 10-28-2002, 05:00 AM   #7
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I would agree with Lynn in that I think other martial arts give you a fuller understanding of the reasons behind why we do some things and not others. Anyone could invent flwoing movements to redirect an attack, but what aikido does is also to limit further strikes from the attacker (in most cases) and put yourself in a safe position whilst providing you with the opportunity to do useful strikes.

For example, unless you know that striking under the armpit or in the ribs, and also on the back of the neck are very useful (damaging) blows, ikkyo looses some meaning.

Although I started in aikido, I did other martial arts, but I found the people I trained with in aikido actually considered such things more than many other martial arts which often have more rigid thoughts towards forms of attack and defence.

Ian

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