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Old 05-02-2005, 09:49 AM   #20
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Dojo: Boulder Aikikai
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 450
Re: Boulder Aikikai Spring Seminar

When Utada Sensei performed the technique, there were no openings for uke to attack Utada Sensei's back. In order to learn any technique, a student must first make all of the mistakes associated with that technique, in this case exposing his/her back. I personally made every mistake displayed in the referenced picture (and many more) when we were trying this technique. If everyone has to be afraid that a picture of them trying a technique and not perfectly executing it might appear on the Internet, leading to them and their entire style being ridiculed, then they will not be able to make the necessary mistakes to really learn the technique. It appalls me that someone would post a picture of a well respected forum member's technique and disparage them.
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