Thread: Suwari Waza
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:23 AM   #47
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Re: Suwari Waza

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Christopher Li wrote: View Post
There's quite a lot of science showing that static stretching isn't what people used to think it was - here's a brief summary of the issues: http://saveyourself.ca/articles/stretching.php
FWIW, the idea that stretching can increase muscle flexibility is upheld in this essay.

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Stretching can increase flexibility.
Seems to me sitting in seiza and moving around with shikko are the best candidates in Aikido for a reason to increase flexibility.

Not that this was Ueshiba's reason for leading his classes with the classic static stretches, of course, or that this is a general affirmation of static stretching as Graham is looking for, but on the original topic...if you want to do suwariwaza more easily and with less damage, a good stretching routine might be good to look into.
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