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Old 03-03-2003, 06:56 PM   #20
aikidoc
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
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The debate on strength, power, etc is really not the major issue. The major issue is can the uke take the technique delivered without injury. As George states no one should get injured. In my experience, excessively forceful technique without awareness of your partners ability to take the power will cause damage. Testosterone and adrenalin are often causes (tests are the worst risk). Part of aiki to me is to learn to feel the capabilities of the other person and adapt your force to it. Someone with very stiff joints for example cannot take a strong sankyo (I'm a good example of that having had my ligaments torn in my wrist from one-permanent injury). I personally feel that a lack of control exists when someone is injured unless the uke just hurts themself. Out of control nage's need to learn to feel the technique as well as just crunch someone.
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