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Old 11-11-2011, 05:37 AM   #18
Tim Ruijs
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Dojo: Makato/Netherlands
Location: Netherlands - Leusden
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 463
Re: "stance of heaven (and earth)" and IS

Aikido stance is rather unique when compared to other martial arts (karate=squared, kendo=rear foot on toes...).
It is an optimised balance between standing strong rigid (wide stance) and being fast and flexible (short stance). Everyone needs to find this balance to match their body and way of moving.

What you actually learn is to literally stay/stand balanced/centered.

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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