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Old 09-07-2011, 02:37 AM   #2
Tim Ruijs
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Dojo: Makato/Netherlands
Location: Netherlands - Leusden
Join Date: Aug 2005
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Re: effectiveness: experience on learning

Martially effective to me means to be able to control your attacker with the least amount of effort/energy (both mentally as physically).
Obviously without putting yourself in (too much) danger (read: leave openings to other attacks or attackers).
For me it is not sufficient to be able to 'dodge' an attack and allow the attacker to try again, and again, and again until he gives up. In actual combat that would not make sense.

In my dojo when we practise we always try to understand the technique in a martial context. So simply moving around fluently with your partner is not enough: that off course is a good start, but not enough. No openings, good control, situational awareness. When walking around I sometimes conveniently stand in the way: see how my students react. Some are distracted and point their attention to me and forget about their aite... others ignore me completely and I gently tap them on the head/shoulder/back...

Last edited by Tim Ruijs : 09-07-2011 at 02:42 AM.

In a real fight:
* If you make a bad decision, you die.
* If you don't decide anything, you die.
Aikido teaches you how to decide.
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