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Old 11-02-2004, 09:56 AM   #3
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
Location: Phila. Pa
Join Date: Jun 2002
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Re: Why Katatetori is used in Aikido?

ok, I'm going to get blasted for this...

In Aikido we never attack.
Check out the pre-war aikido of the founder recorded in the book 'Budo'...also any of the pre-war films of Ueshiba Sensei. Ikkajo, nikajo, sankajo, yonkajo...the omote version is all done from shite (nage) attacking. The students of Saito Sensei do the same today, as does the yoshinkan, as well as some other styles.

An attack is proof that one is out of control.
Not in my experience.

Never run away from any kind of challenge, but do not try to suppress or control an opponent unnaturally.
I know plenty of challenges I'd run away from (guns, knives, too many opponants) as long as I wouldn't leave someone I care about in the lurch. do you define unnaturally? Sometimes we hit the person first...then control or suppress that unnatural?

Let attackers come any way they like and then blend with them.
I remember an advanced class with a japanese 7th dan in the yoshinkan where a student used the word 'blend'...the instructor asked 'blend? what is this blend?'

Never chase after opponents.
Many styles always follow up uke after throwing during freestyle.

Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it.
No arguement there...this sounds like a translation from one of Ueshiba Sensei's post war writings. Loosely translated, of course...


Ron Tisdale
"The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind."
St. Bonaventure (ca. 1221-1274)
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