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Old 12-04-2000, 10:06 PM   #15
Richard Harnack
Dojo: Aikido Institute of Mid-America
Location: Maplewood, Missouri
Join Date: Oct 2000
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Circle Relaxation during practice

Erik-
My point was that until someone has practiced the various relaxation techniques mentioned, it is difficult for them to utilize them in the middle of training. Most people find it difficult enough to remember to breathe during their rolls, much less in a technique they are learning for the first time.

O'Sensei, in his doka on sword work, spoke of the need to match certain sounds to particular movements. These are fairly tradional concepts and involve exhaling while moving forward.

I all my years of training and teaching, I have never known anyone who relaxed because they were told to. This too is yet one more technique to be practiced.

Take a deep breath, exhale. Repeat as needed.

Yours In Aiki,
Richard Harnack
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