Thread: ikkyo curve?
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:50 PM   #5
Erick Mead
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Re: ikkyo curve?

Janet Rosen wrote: View Post
I also took this away from seminars with Ledyard Sensei.
It fits in, in my practice, with what Ikeda talks about - looking where your intent is - and with what our dojo teaches - intent leads mind, mind leads body:
I visualize it as running the energy in a curve up through, then past, the shoulder, redirecting well behind uke's head, and across center line to behind opposite shoulder, allowing balance to be broken in the shape associated with ikkyo.
I tell students having trouble with ikkyo to visualize a blade extending out the back of uke's shoulder, inline with the arm, and that the arm is a long handle or tsuka. Then I tell them to cut off uke's head with it.

Never fails.


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