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Old 08-11-2010, 09:20 AM   #1
Thomas Osborn
Dojo: Aikido of Northampton
Location: Holyoke, MA
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 108
There Is A Glimmer Of Hope

8/11/10 w [2s 6v] I Although I started out with six vets, three of them had to leave about halfway through, and the staff dropped out even sooner than that. One of the vets returned after about 20 minutes.
We did ikyo, nikyo, sankyo and Kote gaeshi from ai homni. The four vets I ended up with are very focused on pretty much every aspect of each technique. They really work at being relaxed and balanced throughout. I told them this, but got confused looks when I then said working at being relaxed is sort of an oxymoron. They would reach the next "level" when they didn't have to work at it, they would just be relaxed. I think two of them began to get a glimmer of an idea as to what I meant.

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Old 08-11-2010, 10:33 AM   #2
Larry Feldman
Dojo: Atlanta School of Aikido
Location: Atlanta, GA
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 373
Re: There Is A Glimmer Of Hope

Good luck, you are taking on a noble cause!

Tohei used to have a series of exercises or demonstrations to helpo show that there was power in relaxation, that was not in the body with physical tension. You can find many of these exercises in his Book Aikido with MInd and Body Co-ordinated. You might find additional exercises in Shifflett's books that could help you with demonstrating the power of relaxation. If you have trouble interpreting the exercises from the books a Ki Society (or former Ki Society dojo) should be able to help you and get you where you need to be in an hour or two.

I would also do some breathing at the end of class.
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