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Old 08-27-2009, 05:06 PM   #4
Rob Watson
Location: CA
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 697
Re: setteling into pins. stretching exercise help

I like to start by making certain that my shoulder is on the mat (while being pinned). This helps tori appreciate the need to get the shoulder down (otherwise escape/reversal is really pretty easy) as well as giving us both something besides the 'finishing' move to focus on and helps slow things down so the mechanics can be correct/corrected and the stretch can happen slowly.

Remember that these 'techniques' are really conditioning exersizes so the ending up pinned is really not the correct end state of the drill.

"In my opinion, the time of spreading aikido to the world is finished; now we have to focus on quality." Yamada Yoshimitsu

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