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Old 08-18-2006, 08:51 AM   #26
Steve Mullen
Dojo: White Rose (Sunderland)
Location: Washington
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 270
Re: Can't hit a girl??????

Can't hit a girl.....

........Why not? Seriously tho. I think a lot of people loose the fact that this is a martial art after all. there is a chance you will get hit at some point in your training. If you teel yourself from the off

A) You will probably get hit at some point


B) its probably going to be off a higher grade

Then you aren't supprised when it happens and instead of thinking oh poo i got hit what a supprise, you can think Why did i get hit, and how can i stop it happening again. Therefore, by not trainig as hard/directly with a woman as you would with a bloke you are taking that preparation away from them.

So in conclusion.....hit a girl.....try it.....you may even like it

"No matter your pretence, you are what you are and nothing more." - Kenshiro Abbe Shihan
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Old 08-18-2006, 09:58 AM   #27
Karen Wolek
Dojo: Kingston Aikido
Location: New York
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 322
Re: Can't hit a girl??????

"Please try to hit me. If I do get hit, it's my own fault!"

I'm 2nd kyu, getting ready for 1st kyu. I often tell guys (usually noobs) to hit me. Sensei will tell them to hit me. "She's tough, she can take it. She's 2nd kyu, try to hit her. She'll get out of the way."

It's next to impossible to execute most techniques if uke stops their strike a foot away from nage.

"Really....try to actually HIT me."

It's funny when they say, "Okaaaay..." with that look that says "OK, if you want me to, but you'll be sorry..." Ha. The point is I won't LET them hit me.

"Try not. Do...or do not. There is no try." - Master Yoda
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Old 08-18-2006, 11:26 AM   #28
James Davis
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Dojo: Ft. Myers School of Aikido
Location: Ft. Myers, FL.
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 716
Re: Can't hit a girl??????

Juan De La Cruz wrote:
I felt her full body and hip punch on my solar plexus...I had a moment afterwards.
Was that a moment, or a movement?

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Old 08-23-2006, 01:49 AM   #29
Join Date: Oct 2005
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Re: Can't hit a girl??????

Oh it was a 'moment' indeed. A moment to a)gather my breath b)gather my remaining pride.
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Old 08-23-2006, 05:31 AM   #30
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Dojo: Dangayan Singkaw Aikido Shinzui Group Philippines
Location: Plymouth, UK
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 492
Re: Can't hit a girl??????

I always give the tori a sincere attack, regardless of gender. If they ask me to tone it down, I comply.
When I am tori I also don't hold back in the technique unless requested. I remember one time while visiting another dojo, we were having modified jiyu-waza in groups. In this practice, tori stands in the middle while 4 ukes take turns doing yokomen uchi in quick succession. Tori responds with any technique. When I was attacked by a petite female white belt, I automatically responded with koshi nage, and because of her lightness she was hoisted somewhere around my upper back rather than on my hips. I was about to let her take a high breakfall when the dojo-cho rushed forward saying "No! She can't do high breakfalls yet!" I stopped in mid technique and let her down gently. As soon as she touched ground she tried to kick me with a mawashi geri, which I quickly dodged. I performed no more koshi nage that day...
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:47 AM   #31
Ewan Wilson
Location: Glasgow
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 28
Re: Can't hit a girl??????

Surely it comes from the fact that as children, boys are taught not to hit girls, unless they are from a very dubious family or sect. It takes a while to untrain yourself from what has become natural, i.e. to hold back.

All that is needed ladies is to ask if they would go a little harder. It always goes down well.
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