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Old 05-10-2011, 04:45 AM   #24
Michael Varin
Dojo: Aikido of Fresno
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 567
Re: Kodo Horikawa's aiki

Jason Casteel wrote:
Muscle use is still involved, there's no way around it, but you're avoiding using the major muscles as completely as possible. Our view of the role of muscles in the body is horrible incomplete. Spend some time searching on the myofascial connections of muscles and you'll quickly see how medical science is just now starting to recognize the more connected nature of the muscles of our body and how those connections can be strengthed without focusing on localized development as we know it (biceps, triceps, etc etc).
Muscles perform a variety of roles: prime movers, synergists, stabilizers, fixators, neutralizers, antagonists.

So what does it mean to avoid "using the major muscles as completely as possible"? Which muscles would be preferable? In what ways?

I do believe that strength, on any level, is a skill. It involves the nervous system, coordination, and technique, amongst other factors. Regardless of what science has and will recognize, the physical world is what it is. I doubt anyone who ever seriously attempted to gain strength found isolated use of the muscles to aid them in their endeavor.

"Through aiki we can feel the mind of the enemy who comes to attack and are thus able to respond immediately." - M. Mochizuki
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