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Old 08-10-2010, 05:05 PM   #9
Dojo: Dale City Aikikai
Location: VA
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 393
Re: The difference between Tenkai and Kaiten

One thing to remember is that Japanese has a thesaurus just like other languages. So they had to find different words to describe different things only if the difference is minute. It become easier sometimes to now just say one word instead of two or more to describe the action: left hand wrist grab - turn to the outside {tenkan} - turn to the inside {tenkai}.
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