Thread: slow & soft?
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Old 06-25-2003, 01:37 PM   #17
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: Three Lakes WI/ Mishima Japan
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 837
I think practicing softly is actually much more difficult than practicing hard. To practice softly and well takes a lot of skill. A couple months ago, I went to a seminar taught by Elliot Freeman, one of Steven Seagal's top students. He insisted that everyone practice full power, just at a speed that your partner can handle. I think it would take years of this kind of training to then be able to deal with people who don't give full power.

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