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Old 11-13-2010, 06:40 AM   #26
Andrew Macdonald
Join Date: Nov 2009
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Re: Ki-and getting out of a bear hug.

without knowing your sensei or being at the situation i would say it sounds very like some one trying to justify their position. i have come across this many times in a number of disciplines.

A senior person or teacher feels that they must appear to be teaching to continue to be respected. so if he showed the technique and everyone got it easily he may have fet the need to correct some one by the time your turn came up

just another possibility
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:28 AM   #27
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Re: Ki-and getting out of a bear hug.

It doesn't involve Ki specifically, nor does it address why you were the one called out..... but I believe if you watch Miss Congeniality, she shows you how to get out of a bearhug via the SING technique (solarplexus, instep, nose & groin)

We did that in my old style and it seemed to work pretty good. We would also grab their leg to throw, but be aware if they don't let go, you are going down with them. Things change when they grab you from behind and ALSO pull you backwards.

Last edited by ninjaqutie : 11-15-2010 at 10:30 AM.

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Old 11-15-2010, 02:12 PM   #28
Dojo: Kokikai Aikido, Everett, WA
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Re: Ki-and getting out of a bear hug.

Pete Lev wrote: View Post
I was the last person and he said I was doing it wrong.
This is a common tool that sensei's use, he didn't set you out of the bunch explicitly because YOU did it wrong, but more likely that he wanted everyone to try it before he began to give his 2 cents. He probably noticed that everyone was doing it wrong.

On the other hand, you should do your best to swallow your pride and listen to him/her. Aikido's definition of "control" is a lot more specific than in many other arts. It sounds as though he was critiquing your control, and relaxation more than your ability to project your ki (which btw I loved your examples of use in CMA, very enlightening).

When I first began at aikido kokikai, i had experience in TKD, Judo, and Jeet Kun Do, and i thought i was perfectly controlled, only after months of training 5 days a week as a an uchi deshi did i find out what control i was lacking.
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