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Old 04-23-2002, 04:14 AM   #5
Tim Griffiths
Dojo: Nes Ziona Aikikai
Location: Suzhou, China
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 188
Interestingly enough, there's been a change in the 'official' aikikai finish to kokyu dosa/suwari kokyu ho recently, judging by the three shihan who've come to Israel from Hombu in the last 2 years. All of them were finishing facing uke's flank, with one hand threatening face/controlling nearside hand, and the other controlling farside hand, hip and supressing a possible kick. It isn't a pin, but a control of uke's escape exits.

I don't know if there was a formal change, or someone at hombu started doing it this way and it caught on. Anyway, I think its an improvement.

Anyway, Kathryn, this position isn't really a finish - the technique is only halfway done. We stop here so we can practice the initial movement as a breathing/relaxation/centering exercise. The real technique happens as uke tries to get up again.


If one makes a distinction between the dojo and the battlefield, or being in your bedroom or in public, then when the time comes there will be no opportunity to make amends. (Hagakure)
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