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Old 12-08-2003, 12:27 PM   #9
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Edward Karaa (Edward) wrote:
If you think that turning your back to the opponent in synchronization with the attack instead of blocking it is natural, then aikido movements are natural
You never turn your back to an opponent.

Even when you're doing randori and there are people behind you, you never give them your back. You're always moving, keeping them in front of you. That's why this is a martial art.

Years ago in the incident with Count Dante, a judo guy got killed because he did a shoulder throw in a fight. You turn your back on your opponent in a shoulder throw and that's ok for a tournament, but this was a real fight. He got knifed in the back as he was throwing.

In a martial art like Aikido, you don't have to expose your back. If you do, it's a mistake.

It is not practice that makes perfect, it is correct practice that makes perfect.
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