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Old 08-18-2008, 05:50 PM   #3
raul rodrigo
Location: Quezon City
Join Date: Jul 2004
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Re: revelation "vs" intuited aiki

I believe in the need for aikido to be passed on "body to body". Of course we all express aikido waza and principles in our bodies in highly individual ways. But the initial jump in understanding, to my mind, requires body to body contact with someone more adept. As Mike Sigman and others say, it has to be felt, or else its just too easy to take a wrong turn. Take something as simple as suwate kokyu ho. I was doing it wrong for oh, eight or ten years, and it took hands on experience with several shihan to feel the difference between what i was doing and what they were doing. otherwise, it's just too difficult to figure out how to "float" someone at the first contact, without effort and by sourcing the power from the hara and not the shoulders and arms.
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