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Old 09-03-2013, 10:05 AM   #12
Cliff Judge
Dojo: Aikido Shobukan Dojo
Location: Columbia, MD
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Re: Techniques are dead: Living movement vs dead technique

So what I know (or maybe it's just what I think i know) is that the old paradigm is for students to be taught kata, and after they have learned the kata, they practice them many many times. Small details are corrected by the teacher and seniors, and gradually the techniques in the kata are explained.

Good kata are constructed such that they are difficult to pull off correctly. As the students learns how to do them well, the principals contained in the kata are instilled.

What I don't think I understand is the process of moving from mastery of kata to spontaneous technique. What does that process look and feel like? Because it can't be just any spontaneous technique, it has to be the right one.
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