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Old 08-18-2006, 12:12 PM   #42
Erick Mead
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Re: Competition again!!!

Mike Sigman wrote:
Trying to keep it as succinct as I can, I think what I'm trying to say is that too many Aikido people are under the impression that "aiki" has a lot to do with arm/hand/wrist techniques at a certain "ma ai" (a word which reinforces the idea of always having a "distance" even though after you get started, "ma ai" disappears).... I'm saying that "aiki" can be done even with the bodies touching, at elbow distance, with your back or shoulder (as Shioda, Ueshiba, and others have done), etc.
One of the most idiosyncratic, but oddly enticing, examples given to me to try of what you are describing was the suggestion that the next time you go inot a men's restroom witht he typical swing in door, rather


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