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Old 08-04-2005, 01:23 AM   #14
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Dojo: Aikido of San Leandro
Location: Oakland, Ca
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 209
Re: Ever changing Aikido

well, some of the changes I like, but the main problem I personally have with changes is that in 4 or 5 years when It changes back to what it used to be, i'll have to learn it all over again...I tried the new kata dori nikkyo ura waza and it is easier, but I tend to go haywire once it changes back. I'm used to dropping and entering as seperate motions in morote dori kokyu ho, but lo and behold, one day I walk in and there we are smothly joining the two motions. It just throws me off. I'm not talking about personal changes, but large scale changes in which the whole style seems to shift. It's like the joke about the aikidoka screwing in a lightbulb. It takes eleven of them. One to actually preform the technique, but ten others to say, "Very nice, but it's done differently nowadays." On the other hand, I guess that's what makes Aikido so exciting and keeps me on my toes and ever correcting/modifying my technique.

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