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Old 04-14-2014, 01:56 AM   #2
Stephen Nichol
Dojo: Aikilife, Canberra
Location: Canberra, ACT
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 90
Re: Aikido didn't work, until it did.

Thanks for sharing your experience (though summed up) and explaining how you came to understand that as with so many 'martial art' systems... it is usually the student that fails to understand and apply it more often than the system fails the student.

I still come across it every now and then at our dojo where students get confused between techniques for application vs say 'things that appear to be techniques' but are actually a 'kata' designed to help build in whole body awareness of movement/coordination/balance that become the core of all your movement and shape to allow applicable techniques to happen. Once the difference is explained they seem to struggle less with it and start performing better.
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