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Old 01-31-2001, 12:01 PM   #23
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Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 16
coming from a boxers backround I feel one of the most effective and overlooked striking skill is a good stinging jab. I havent been in aikido long enough to have used it in a real fight, but I have been in a few in my life, from that and from plenty of sparing style roughhouse with my friends I have found nothing better for maintaining ma-ai than the jab. Especially when your short on room. I also think that it is something all aikidoka need to learn to defend against. It can be wicked quick because of the whip-like action and it offers very little in the way ki to work with, in other words it doesnt commit much body weight.

"It is better to die on your feet
than to live a lifetime on your knees"
Emiliano Zapata
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