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Old 03-24-2005, 12:26 PM   #78
Dojo: Shobu Aikido of Connecticut
Location: East Haven, CT
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,402
Re: Tenkan and Centrifugal Force

Well, I'll take a shot at adding clarity.

I think "ten" kind of means transform, and "kan" kind of means change. Any good explanation for "kai" out there? (or better translations than I gave would be welcome as well!)

When I say kaiten in aikido, I usually mean that I step forward and rotate my body toward my back leg.
When I say tenkan in aikido, I usually mean the same start as above, but then I step back with other leg (that I didn't start stepping with).

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