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Old 11-13-2000, 07:03 AM   #5
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
Location: Northern Ireland
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I was training with a high up sensei years ago and we did the 31 and 21 jo kata, starting with the other hand/stance, and also did all the suburi with the other hand, including shomen-uchi with our left hand forward. The sensei was very much of the idea that aikido is about body control. You can train the same way for years and years, but eventually that is all you can do. If you try a different approach every so often it not only gives you ideas, it also teaches you to be able to change the way you do things.
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