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Old 11-15-2013, 06:39 PM   #15
Cady Goldfield
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 940
Re: Kuzushi, an aiki perspective

Paul Funnell wrote: View Post
Funny you should say that Cady, I was reading Shioda's Dynamic Aikido on the importance of kokyu dosa last night and thinking I really should spend more time on it; it's in our grading syllabus at 3rd, 2nd and 1st kyu and I'm only just starting to see why...
I'm almost completely certain that Shioda was doing these exercises using aiki (and in particular, aiki-age)... which is what allowed him to unbalance and kuzushi his uke without having to use shoulder/upper back muscle strength or to have to try to create an opening. Now that you have experienced some of that dimension, Shioda's writings may start to bear a new significance. But even without that aspect, an aikido student still can learn a lot about sensing, creating and exploiting change from kokyu-ho/-dosa.
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