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Old 03-03-2003, 11:18 AM   #15
Kevin Wilbanks
Location: Seattle/Southern Wisconsin
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 788
If a student could barely do 1 or 2 overhead cuts to start, and they gradually built up to 200, then they would be developing strength at first. However, once they get up above about 15 reps or so, further increases will have little to no effect on strength. If you kept the reps low and started adding weight to the bokken at lower reps, then you'd have a strength training program, albiet a rather silly one. Although doing a few strikes with teacher feedback makes sense to me for skill development, as physical training, bokken strikes in the air is a pretty goofy exercise. The most stressful part of the movement is the decceleration against gravity and momentum at the end, which isn't specific to Aikido techniques at all, or particularly useful in terms of general conditioning or developing overall motor qualities.
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