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Old 05-10-2008, 04:56 AM   #26
SwiftWind824
Dojo: Phil.Aikikai Headquarters
Location: Quezon City
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Re: improving footwork

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Gunawan Wibisono wrote: View Post
Hi,

I'm pretty new to Aikido.
I personally believe that you need to have a strong basic to be good at something. I have 2 problems: i'm too stiff and my footworks' really bad. Can anyone give me any pointer to improve my footwork?
Try to maintain Ur balance & try to focus more on the possible attack launched by Ur opponent...Try to anticipate his actions by reading his thoughts...In this way U can now plan on how to overthrow him..either in IRIMI or Tenkan approach!!!Just feel free to move Ur legs as if Ur on the DANCE Floor...
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Old 05-10-2008, 03:21 PM   #27
Dathan Camacho
Dojo: Triangle Aikido Club
Location: Bentonville, AR
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Re: improving footwork

Sorry for late reply. I'd recommend 3 things that have helped me:

1) the "walking drills" from shodokan/tomiki style aikido
2) yoga
3) weight lifting, but only exercises that simulate real world movement, like lunges. Squats or leg presses are the standard weight lifting exercises for legs but they don't do anything for stability, balance, timing, or coordination, which are key components of applicable strength.

My two cents, good luck
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:46 PM   #28
Rocky Izumi
Dojo: GUST Aikido Club
Location: Salwa, Kuwait
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Re: improving footwork

Use heavy bag to practice Tai Sabaki. Also very good aerobic workout when going very fast with short rope above heavy bag for short cycle time. Can add in Atemi as well.

Rock
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:39 AM   #29
Martin Goodyear
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Re: improving footwork

Larry made the distinction between "positioning " and "footwork", which I think is important. It is essential to be in the right position for a technique, but there may be room for compromise regarding how you get there - i.e. footwork.

Ki Aikido attracts a lot of older people who can't always move in the way that the technique would seem to demand without taking an extra step or two. To my mind, it is better to adjust the form (footwork) of the technique than to compromise the structure of one's form. After all, freestyle aikido is supposed to be formless.

Having wrestled myself with the issue of how much attention to give to my feet, I have found that moving from my centre into the correct position whilst trusting my feet to do their own thing works best (although paying attention to where your feet go is generally necessary to learn a technique).

By concentrating on position more that footwork, you can learn a technique, then work out exactly what you're doing later. This seems backwards, but I have found that it can make learning both faster and more enjoyable.

Thinking of your feet can trip you up, but this is a question of style and principle. Tai Chi people build up from the feet, and it works for them, and Bruce Lee emphasised footwork. Each to their own.

Martin.
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:22 PM   #30
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Re: improving footwork

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