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Old 10-30-2014, 09:56 PM   #1
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I think your wrong about your Aikido

Hi,

Just posted an article on my blog and would appreciate some feedback.

http://aikidohombu.com/think-youre-wrong-aikido/

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Old 10-31-2014, 12:22 PM   #2
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Thanks for the article Russell.

It's so fun to watch students progress!

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Old 11-07-2014, 05:50 PM   #3
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I've had several instructors say that the standard for becoming proficient with a movement (which means a technique) is to repeat that movement 10,000 times.

Easy for a one-body, hand striking technique, you could possibly get to 10, 000 strikes in 1-2 weeks of very intense training, and even with kicking techniques, due to body size issues, probably 4-6 weeks to do it with kicks, depending on complexity.

But linked-system arts, the grappling stuff, requires both you and the partner to reset, and to attempt to do the exact same movement (exact is impossible, right) in a two-body system.

So, it takes a long, long time to get those same 10, 00 repetitions in.

And, all the while you're trying to get the reps in, you have to work on all the other things you need to get the reps in on!

I find it interesting that the kanji character for kuzushi illustrates a mountain falling on a house.
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:59 PM   #4
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Easy for a one-body, hand striking technique, you could possibly get to 10, 000 strikes in 1-2 weeks of very intense training, and even with kicking techniques, due to body size issues, probably 4-6 weeks to do it with kicks, depending on complexity.
Only if the only thing you ever want to kick is a motionless target. If you're trying to kick someone who can move and kick back, the complexity escalates just as quickly as it does with grappling arts.

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Old 11-08-2014, 02:12 PM   #5
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I enjoyed that blog post, Rusty. Besides teaching in my dojo, I teach at a community college, and the students change dramatically in one semester. Just when they get fun to throw around, they're gone! I don't have time to teach them everything I want to, but I love watching them stand up straighter and gain confidence.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:08 PM   #6
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I think that you're wrong about your grammar.

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Old 11-18-2014, 01:57 AM   #7
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Great thoughts. Love the humour Greg.

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Old 12-27-2014, 10:07 AM   #8
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Nice article. Love the quotes!

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Old 12-27-2014, 08:34 PM   #9
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Only if the only thing you ever want to kick is a motionless target. If you're trying to kick someone who can move and kick back, the complexity escalates just as quickly as it does with grappling arts.

Katherine
Nah, I don't think so.

Student padawon learns to throw punches, kicks, whatever the technique is at a non-moving target, sure. Agree with you there. But, simply having the target move, or be actively trying to strike you back isn't the same thing ...

Padawon learned the strikes, now they're just trying to target them. The learning paradigm is different when you go to a grappling art. The entire learning process has exponentially more variations because of the partner's body, structure deltas, and intentions whether trying to blend or defeat.

With a good learning routine of simply getting to practice 4 days a week, a competent striking art instructor can develop a quite proficient student in 5 years or so.

I think we'd all agree that 5 years is simply opening the door to the grappling art (pick the one you want). I think the extra level of complexity in body relationship causes this problem. it's just so hard... well slow would be a better word, to get to the number of reps of the same act to get competent at it.

I find it interesting that the kanji character for kuzushi illustrates a mountain falling on a house.
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