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Old 11-27-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
Thomas Osborn
Dojo: Aikido of Northampton
Location: Holyoke, MA
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 108
Breath, Relax, then Move

11/27/09 f [0s, 7v] I Today is the day after thanksgiving and we had 7 guys here anyhow! One of the guys came in from home. Two new people but I felt the more experienced guys could work with them if we did some slightly more complicated technique. They really did quite well, good class.

NOTE: I have found that when someone stiffens up or tries to use too much muscle in a technique, having them take a deep breath and relax as they exhale really makes a difference. And they can feel the difference themselves and how much "easier" the technique becomes. I have started each technique telling them to do the breath/relax just as they begin the move. This is really all I would like them to leave with. I could be one of the "tools" staff can use in counseling as well.

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