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Old 03-13-2008, 10:00 AM   #12
Chris Li
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Re: If we can't laugh at ourselves...

Nicholas Eschenbruch wrote: View Post
Well, if I am not totally mistaken I happened to be present at a Shodan test they did at that dojo, and I was quite impressed. OK, the music improvisation bit was unusual at first, but then I found it quite thought provoking and an interesting perspective on practice, especially connection and emotion - in a positive sense. And in fact it was only about the last fifth of what was - to my unqualified eyes - a very solid and comprehensive display of armed and unarmed techniques (which apparently did not make it onto youtube). So, ok, this may not be everybodies cup of tea, but I think we should be careful to judge it out of context - its just one feature of a particular way of practice.


FWIW, Kenji Tomiki used to have people do randori to music - when the music stopped you threw the person from whatever position you happened to be in.



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