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Old 03-05-2001, 05:33 AM   #8
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
Location: Northern Ireland
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Although many would disagree, I think bokken work is extremely important, especially for beginners (well for everyone really, just that if you start early aikido makes much more sense far more quickly). As Saito has said though, you have to practise rigorously the basic cuts until they are natural - eventually you won't be able to move you hands away from your centre even if you try! (possibly due to athritus in the shoulders - but thats what budo is all about eh?)

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