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Old 12-18-2009, 10:34 AM   #2
Join Date: May 2003
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Re: When were Aikido waza named?

I was once told by a former Hombu deshi that O'Sensei would do a technique (after some esoteric discussion), say 'kokyunage', then The problem he stated was that O'Sensei called every technique 'kokyunage' so K.Ueshiba and some of the other seniors started to name the techniques for the sake of clarity...although ikajo, nikajo, etc were in use pre-war.
I'm not sure how true the story is but if so I find it telling in how O'Sensei viewed what he was doing.
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