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Old 04-12-2012, 12:11 PM   #51
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Re: Internal/Aiki training with Dan Harden in London, April13-15

I did and replied a resounding yes to starting early on Sat morning 10am is fine.
And staying with you!!!!
Thank you very much.
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:55 PM   #52
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Re: Internal/Aiki training with Dan Harden in London, April13-15

So does this mean we are starting at 10.00?
Alex, how about some info ;-)

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Old 04-12-2012, 02:49 PM   #53
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Re: Internal/Aiki training with Dan Harden in London, April13-15

I wanted to post the plan tomorrow after speaking to Dan as nothing below is confirmed.
So provisionally...., afternoon training in Green Park (bring raincoat as forecast says rain and there is little to no shelter).
I found out earlier that we have access to the hall from 9:30 onwards instead of 11:30. Dan is well up for starting earlier as am I but as it's short notice I don't know if everyone can make it for the earlier start time.

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Old 04-13-2012, 08:52 AM   #54
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Re: Internal/Aiki training with Dan Harden in London, April13-15

Dan will be in Green Park at around 5, c u then.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:01 AM   #55
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Re: Internal/Aiki training with Dan Harden in London, April13-15

What a great weekend. As usual Dan is FULL of helpful training advice, metaphors, visualizations etc... on how to help yourself improve and grow. You definitely get value for money information wise and hands on time, theres no labouring on a principle and eaking it out for all its worth as some "names" are known to do. Maybe the informal jovial vibe allows for this, I know Dan works very hard for everyone to get something out of the seminars. As I found out on a private session, the scary thing is that once you do the work and can at least on a basic level manifest the principle he will add something which adds another layer/depth or makes you think about the principle in another way. Although I regret not being able to work with Dan more than a couple of times a year the flip side is the harder I work the more I can move forward when I do see him.
So a big thank you for your continued help, cant wait to see if Im ready for some new "stuff" next time we meet.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:54 AM   #56
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Re: Internal/Aiki training with Dan Harden in London, April13-15

I totally agree Alex, although being a newbie, Dan made me totally at ease and his knowledge is definately encyclopedic... it was great meeting everyone but I def have my work cut out for me to even to start and catch up, something which I really hope to do. My leg still hurts, my stomach is still concave, but I'm still smiling.

Now I just need to be able to move the kua without the hip dance

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:36 PM   #57
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Re: Internal/Aiki training with Dan Harden in London, April13-15

Chris, in previous seminars Dan showed that spiralling with your ass against the wall is a great way to monitor whether your moving from the hip or the waist, I can't remember if he mentioned it over the weekend. It may help initially as it's so obvious if one of your cheeks comes off the wall.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:46 PM   #58
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Re: Internal/Aiki training with Dan Harden in London, April13-15

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Chris, in previous seminars Dan showed that spiralling with your ass against the wall is a great way to monitor whether your moving from the hip or the waist, I can't remember if he mentioned it over the weekend. It may help initially as it's so obvious if one of your cheeks comes off the wall.
Is that while spiraling or just while winding?

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Old 04-17-2012, 01:15 PM   #59
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Spiralling, you will need to sit into the stance and lean the upper body slightly forward (just enough to let your shoulders end up at 45degrees to the hip/wall. Amongst other things this is an aid to help you isolate the turn of the upper body left & right without moving the hips. Once you can do it, repeat the same feel away from the wall.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:24 PM   #60
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Spiralling, you will need to sit into the stance and lean the upper body slightly forward (just enough to let your shoulders end up at 45degrees to the hip/wall. Amongst other things this is an aid to help you isolate the turn of the upper body left & right without moving the hips. Once you can do it, repeat the same feel away from the wall.
Huh, actually, I'm not clear on the spiral bit but the butt on the wall thing I can do two different ways - one clearly wrong and the other is less wrong (might even be partly right). Simply tilting the hips left and right one is able to keep the knees over the toes and the butt against the wall but the lower back gets all wierd. Actually turning at the waist/lower back while being mindful of keeping the spine mostly straight is closer to what I think is right.

I'd caution that the butt check is only good for the hips rotating horizontally (forward and back). Checks are great but just because one passes the check does not mean things are going right! Check fail is fail - check pass maybe fail, too. So many ways to fail.

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