Thread: Suwari Waza
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:23 AM   #47
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Re: Suwari Waza

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:
FWIW, the idea that stretching can increase muscle flexibility is upheld in this essay.

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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