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Old 01-24-2014, 03:44 PM   #32
Mary Eastland
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Re: Leading your uke?

I agree with some of what you wrote, George.

However not this,
George S. Ledyard wrote: View Post
. If someone attempts to "lead" an attack and doesn't do it properly, the uke should apply a counter.
If students train this way in the beginning nothing can be accomplished. Leading and following are important parts of the art that we practice. The role of uke takes a lot of skill. It can't be accomplished in an atmosphere where everyone wants to counter.

Uke should not be taught to counter until they reach a certain understanding of aikido training.

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