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Old 03-22-2014, 06:01 PM   #20
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Dojo: Wasabi Dojo
Location: Houston, TX
Join Date: Mar 2013
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Re: When do you teach your personal style?

My instructor said that everyone starts to "make aikido their own" at some point a year or a few years after reaching shodan, whether they realize it or not.

We openly discuss it, and analyze each other to figure out, for other people's benefit later on, why so-and-so's wrist techniques are particularly wicked, etc. It's a fun exercise.

I find it interesting that the kanji character for kuzushi illustrates a mountain falling on a house.
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