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Old 12-01-2000, 02:06 AM   #2
Dojo: Long Beach State Univ. Seidokan Aikido Club
Location: Torrance, CA
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 13

Similar experience here.
There was a stubborn sliding door in the lunch room where I used to work. Well, I was asked to close it one cold day, and found myself overextended, a nice 45 degree angle, trying to muscle the thing across its' track. I stopped, stood upright like a normal human being, and like you, pushed from my center, and closed the door without any further drama.

Feeling smug about remembering what I was taught about keeping my "one point", I proceeded to humble myself by tripping over a chair leg on my way back to the table.

Best advise I've ever received:
"Don't just stand there, do SOMETHING! The fact that you may have failed doesn't matter, it's HOW you failed. Go down swingin'."

Scott Tanaka
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