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Old 12-19-2010, 04:55 PM   #463
Dojo: Finger Lakes Aikido
Location: Cortland, NY
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Re: Why do some people hate Aikido?

Attilio Anthony John Wagstaffe wrote: View Post
All this talk of '''''ki"" and so forth is so misleading and to me delusional .... Why don't people just say body mechanics used in such a way to effect the balance of a person when holding you..... then everybody can understand...

There is no mystical "ki" just plain and simple body mechanic techniques and movement ....
Regarless of whether ki actually exists, maybe thinking in terms of ki/extenstion/etc. is the only way to get those body mechanics expressed. In other words, your brain needs that model to make your body get the job done when there really isn't any other vocabularly for it. And if it's that hard to describe, imagine how hard it is to do!

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