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Old 05-08-2006, 06:26 AM   #18
John (King John)
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Dojo: Prince Bishops Durham/ White Rose
Location: Durham (north east England)
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 32
Re: In the dojo, 90% of Aikido is uke

Alec Corper wrote:
I have to agree with Nagababa, uke is never wrong, at least not for tori, but maybe for their own training. For tori, however, everything is good, since we are seeking a flexible, natural response to what we meet, and not the ideal reproduction of the perfect technique. All the possible "faults" in uke's behaviour teach us something, if we are willing to learn. If we have already decided what we wish to learn before meeting the moment how can we respond.Delivering atemi to a resistant uke is easy, finding a way to turn their resistance into compliance with your technique is hard. If your uke is "too" flexible then reduce their options. If they are attempting to teach you, incorporate their advice, execute the technique and thank them. They may not have helped you technically but they have provided you with the opportunity to get to grips with your ego. I agree that Aikido is and must be a joint training, but ultimately whatever happens right now is what has to be dealt with, including the irritation of a "non-attack".
I think this sums it up nicely for me.

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