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Old 06-19-2003, 04:29 AM   #5
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I never really think as aikido as an internal martial art - I always feel it lies somewhere between the two. I thought Larrys description was perfect though (and I think that no-one has fully received what Ueshiba was doing). I presume when he says how you feel after training; with internal you should feel energised, whereas with external you feel tired?

Although I believe it is mostly if not entirely mechanical, the unbendable arm demonstration may help to illustrate it (I think the mechanical and internal are linked - in my opinion the discussion of chi is a simple method for explaining a complicated and multifaceted thing more easily).


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