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Old 12-03-2013, 07:17 AM   #11
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Re: The uke/nage paradigm

Phi Truong wrote: View Post
just one? and here i thought i ran out of fingers to count. maybe i can't count.
A source, not the source. I have heard many good theories and reasons about what is right and wrong. I think many of them are valid. I happen to feel the biggest "wrong" is a confusion surrounding what it means to be a good uke. Related to that is a general observation that one of the more critical comments we receive from our sister arts is our lack of ability to properly attack. I'm not saying we need to change our attacks to better perform in a sport fight, but I think what we are hearing is that we need to evaluate of method of empowering uke to better understand her role and fulfill its purpose.

Asking someone to punch without ever showing them how is not the best way to empower uke to punch with any expectation of success.

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