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Old 11-09-2000, 07:36 AM   #14
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
Location: Northern Ireland
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I hope it is only 20 years!

O'Sensei is supposed to have called it the 20 yr technique himself because it took him this long to perfect it.

I think the difficulty arises because in it's basic form it appears to be a whole arm strike to the throat like you'd get in wrestling (a 'clothes line'?). The difficulty (especially in irimi versions) is getting ukes forward momentum into a very tight circle where it goes back against himself and down to the floor.

I've been doing Aikido for 12 years, and although I can do it, it definately isn't the blending technique that I would hope for.

Only 8 years to wait?
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