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Old 07-02-2003, 09:07 AM   #6
Dojo: Shoshin Aikido Dojos
Location: Orlando
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 159
Think of it as a confluence of two triangles meeting. Nage represents the one and uke the other. The confluence (or nexus) is always nage's choice, and is is always found in his direct center (or should be). When uke attacks he stretches himself out into almost a straight line - right fist extended, right foot forward, left foot rear. This exposes both break points (front and rear) to a simple extension. Irimi techniques tend to move uke toward the rear break point. Tenkan to the front. The trick is to do what the other fellows suggest and move quickly - not allowing uke to recover and follow. If he does you have to accomodate the movement of the break points and now you're fightning - not doing Aikido.

Daniel G. Linden
Author of ON MASTERING AIKIDO (c) 2004
Founder Shoshin Aikido Dojos
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