Mike Sigman wrote:
No... I *think* I know what he is saying and it's an interesting perspective, but I think it's a little short of the mark, if it's what I think he's trying to say. The "condensing" is something a little more prolonged. In fact, the ideal is to be able to continue that "vibration" for a very long time, sort of like the ability to engage a muscle that is not a muscle for the duration of an engagement.
Thanks for that Mike, it definitely gives me something to think about.
It seems to me that with Abe sensei and Kinoshita there is the general stndaing (let's call it 6-directional) and then on contact (or before) a readjustment in the body to redistribute the force, and a breathstopping to create an extra force for kuzushi (or to cover the readjustment?), all instantaneous. After that readjustment and impulse-generating breathstopping, the 6-directional standing (and motion) continues. I've been wondering why after the initial impulse Abe sensei says it is easy to continue moving. I suspect that it is because he has re-distributed the force of uke from the contact point throughout his body (ideally before uke has taken hold, if he is able to tell exactly how and where the attack will come), so after the readjustment, he really does move and fell exactly as before the contact. But I could be entirely wrong (and I have no idea exactly what mechanics are working with the breath-stopping)... Does this supposition seem plausible?