Opher Donchin (opherdonchin) wrote:
You wil be told that only by using exaggerated hanmi and super-powered hip action will you be able to understand how the more natural, smaller movements work.
Not in Shodokan you wont. Everything revolves around shizentai from the very beginning. But yes this is a good point. When strong, seemingly unnatural positions are being taught to a beginner, that beginner often is far more tense than that position actually requires. Trying to be perfect. Once again - that most hated of all Aikido terms - relax.