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Old 10-16-2008, 11:11 AM   #90
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Re: Koshi Nage - Distance Between Nage's Feet

Christian Moses wrote: View Post
So let me get this straight, you've been taught to do your waza looking at the ground and that is a trademark of the Iwama style of Aikido?
It's a trademark of O'Sensei, since Saito clearly stated he did the Aikido of O'Sensei. Ey! I'm not even a Iwama guy myself! But in Iwama, the teaching is that, yes: look up to you arm while you extend uke up and forward, and then look down to perform the actual throw, so your hand (and uke's) will follow your head. That's a pretty good rationale too.

Christian Moses wrote: View Post
You could read some of this if you were so inclined.
Sorry, I'm not.

Christian Moses wrote: View Post
There's lots of reasons people do things the way they do. Bad knees, bad backs, wrecked shoulders, personal preference, being tall, being short, having strong legs, not having strong legs...
So all of them had the same reassons, and somehow we don't have them anymore? I don't think all of them had bad knees or wrecked shoulders anyway.

Christian Moses wrote: View Post
Personally I don't really do this koshinage anymore, preferring many of judo's koshi throws.
That would explain something. But we were talking Aikido throws.
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