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Old 06-20-2002, 03:45 PM   #7
Bruce Baker
Dojo: LBI Aikikai/LBI ,NJ
Location: Barnegaat, NJ
Join Date: Sep 2001
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What happens next?

Music

Yep, Music.

One technique flows into another, without thought, without trying, and suddenly we have five, six, or seven different techniques combined into one flowing motion.

Just like music, poetry, or even a well written paper, the flow is the most difficult thing to attain.

Yeah, I think after you get bored with one or two combinations, and you can safely control the motion of uke with transitional flow, then you will begin to see the infinity of combinations most teachers talk about.

How many times have you slipped while doing what was instruced by the teacher and gone into something else to get a simular motion that gives the impression of completeing a motion simular to whatever the rest of the class is practicing?

Sometimes? Never?

Well, maybe you should change the focus of your studys, rearrange your priorities for acquiring skills? The mistakes sometimes are the best lessons to be able to regain your footing, or regain control of a technique gone wrong.

So, it is a beautiful thing to see the transitional flow, but that is merely another concept to work on in your training.

This all makes me want to bang the drum about taking into Aikido many of the concepts of Wally Jay Jujitsu, which quite easily defeat grappling, or ground fighting ... putting that baby to bed. But that study is up to you, if and when you get comfortable with the basic Aikido techniques and making them flow ... one into another.
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