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Old 10-29-2000, 08:32 AM   #27
George S. Ledyard
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ian wrote:
Some attackers focus on one strike, others do combinations. Some will want to grapple, whilst others will want to back off or strike.[/b]
If your technique is going to work it shouldn't matter what the preference of the attacker is. You aren't going to try in advance to intuit what this guy prefers and then adjust your technique to that.

You control the interaction by initiating the technique thereby drwing the attack at your own time, not his. You move directly to the center and take it. The attacker may have a preference for combination attack but he won't get a chance to throw more than one shot before he's going down.

An exemple of this is a story about Gozo Shioda Sensei that was told to me by Clint George Sensei. Shioda Sensei and some students were doing a demo for some American servicemen after the war. The Americans were derisive and said that their boxer could take an Aikido guy. One of Shioda sensei's students tried to do technique on the boxer but was unsuccessful and was getting hit. Shioda Sensei decided he needed to uphold the honor of Aikido and stepped in himself. The boxer approached him in the standard boxing stance. Shioda Sensei ignored the front hand jab, slipped inside and grabbed the back hand and drove it straight back and down into shihonage. The boxer, whose bread and butter is the jab, cross, never threw the second shot as it was already too late.

People think that omote and ura are separate principles that are used based on how the attacker comes in. Actually, the initial movement is always the irimi, the entering movement. It is only after the two centers connect through the irimi that turning becomes possible (at least against any attacker that knows what he is doing). Ellis Amdur Sensei some very interesting things to say on this subject in his new book. Check out:

One of my friends is an 8th Dan in Hapkido. He once taught a class on kick defense at our school. Basically he said that the real defense against kicks was to move decisively straight into the center of the attacker. Any kick that is in process is jammed. So you don't have to have diferent movements based on the angles of the incoming attack, differnt techniques for kicks that are low or high. The technique is to move straight in and strike the center. Technique is created by whatever response the attacker has to your entry, not your technique being in response to his attack.

George S. Ledyard
Aikido Eastside
Bellevue, WA
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