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Old 11-17-2015, 01:26 PM   #26
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Re: Article: Ellis Amdur, "The Use of Weapons in Aikido Training"

Interesting. So basically, it's like Phi says - most Aikiken sets don't involve the approach.

On the one hand, I have got to say, this Shodokan sequence has basically every move I've seen Ueshiba do in kumitachi on film.

This sequence absolutely looks to be of a species with early modern compilation stuff, e.g. Kendo kata, Toyama ryu's paired forms, that focus on some type of training, and then also have a few sword kata that they work on to enrich the main practice. And it looks to be a pretty good version of that.

Which brings me to another thought: at some point, we need to address what we want Aikido weapons to be about, and what is even possible.
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