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Old 12-05-2000, 04:15 PM   #17
Shipley
Dojo: UBC Okanagan Aikido Club
Location: Kelowna
Join Date: Jun 2000
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OK, this isn't up there with meditation and whatnot, but the thing that has helped me get the difference between strength and stiffness was doing a lot of sword cuts. If you are gripping the sword with the proverbial grip of death it is very hard to manifest the flexiblity needed to do a good sword cut, and you will (or at least I did) wear yourself out in no time at all. Playing around with my grip helped me to learn to relax my grip, my arms, my shoulders, and my hips, so that I could do an effective cut without grunting at the end .

Anyhow, it helped for me, hope it helps for you too,

Paul Shipley
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