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Old 09-10-2003, 10:47 AM   #4
Dojo: Messores Sensei (Largo, Fl.)
Location: Florida
Join Date: Mar 2001
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Bryan Bateman (batemanb) wrote:
Takemusu Aiki means spontaneous AIki rather than improvised. After kihon waza (basic technique) you can move on to oyo waza (advanced technique), this is where you are likely to see throws that look as if they may be "improvised".

HENKA-when you change a technique mid-course.

KAESHI-when you reverse a technique on NAGE.

Actually, TAKEMUSU AIKI covers it, too. Saotome defines this as something like "creative spontaneous harmony."

All these terms probably overlap anyway.

The problem, I think, is more likely "improvisation" than the Jpn. Ideally, all is improvisation. The stuff we do in class--KATA--is just training to reach that.

Don J. Modesto
St. Petersburg, Florida
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