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Old 10-01-2008, 12:19 AM   #8
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: Three Lakes WI/ Mishima Japan
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 837
Re: YouTube: Yoshinobu Takeda Sensei as Obi Wan Kenobi

I liked how you can hear the cameraman laughing. If you want to understand what is going on (IMHO) look at the very first few seconds. Takeda Sensei indicates that they move the lineup over with a wave of a hand to which they quickly do so. This is the first no touch technique of the demo.

Think about this, are there any aikido teachers out there, who if they waved their hand, would not see their students reformulate the line? This would indicate that all students, whether their teacher is Obi Wan or not, are to some degree keen to move in a way that they think the teacher expects. And this would be reflected in how they take ukemi, would it not?

It also might be good to remember that the Founder believed all demos to be fake.

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