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Old 11-07-2012, 03:51 PM   #72
Dave de Vos
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Re: Defining the word "Aiki" and looking at the phenomenon it describes.

Chris Hein wrote: View Post
I would not go so far as to say any position at all, but lots of positions where it "seems/appears" that you shouldn't be stable.
Yes, that's what I mean as well.

Chris Hein wrote: View Post
But you are stable, simply because you've learned to align your body in many different ways. Just because it "seems/appears" as if I shouldn't be physically stable doesn't mean that it's not a result of my physical structure being properly aligned with the ground. I'm saying that I learned the foundation of what I would describe as chinese internal in a few years, teaching me the foundation of how these things work. I am saying that athletic training is the foundation of all body skills. If we are talking about a body skill, the best way to improve that skill is through an athletic training.
So you know how to do internal training, yet you do athletic training because it works better?
And with athletic training you mean running, calisthenics, weight training, that kind of stuff?

Chris Hein wrote: View Post
Trick is a bad word to use because of it's connotation. Principle, or technique work just as well, and don't suggest a mischievous goal.
I would rather not call it tricks. I only used that term trying to paraphrase some of your earlier explanations of what I would call internal power / aiki.
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