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Old 09-04-2003, 09:55 PM   #17
Dojo: Aiki Shoshinkan, Aiki Kenkyukai
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 813
Kent Enfield,

Ukenagashi= barai? At least that's how my sensei calls this move that you describe... i hope that its the same one.

Maybe we like it cause it effectively unbalances uke and we're suppose to be learning the blending motion of receiving/guiding the strike at the same time manouvering ourselves into a superior position.

Of course you could say that any skilled swordsman would not be unbalanced from a barai... maybe you're right. I guess it's just taught to show certain principles...

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