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Old 08-19-2004, 09:39 AM   #1
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
like sand

~~Hi All!

Recently, something my Tai Chi teacher said to me years ago finally clicked and I've been working with this sensation in training and general life movement. We practiced a combined Tai Chi form and one of the styles in it is Sun. His closest explaination to me of how Sun moves was: Cut a small hole in the large, heavy bag of sand and move like that. Okay, way over my head. But not now...that sinking, rooting yet fluid, weight underside; the circle from heavy weight grounded and flowing through an extremity to grounded again. In motion yet unbroken.
Anyway, just another training concept for body/mind/universe connection and movement.

ps: Still looking for 'voices' for the book project, especially international and lesser known strains of Aikido but all welcome! See thread 'book concept' under General topics.


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Old 08-20-2004, 07:50 AM   #2
Jill N
Dojo: K-W Ki Aikido (Kitchener, Ont)
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 119
Re: like sand

The image of sand is one that I used when I was first trying to get the idea of "weight underside" into my movements and during ki testing. Sand is strong, soft and molds to what it is touching, yet supports without giving a specific point of resistance. I have also used the analogy of water, but sand is the best one for me.
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Old 08-22-2004, 04:04 AM   #3
Devon Natario
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Dojo: Northwest Jujitsu/Coeur D'Alene, ID
Location: Coeur D'Alene
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 109
Re: like sand

Ive used the analogy of water, and wind but never thought about sand. Thats nice.

I was driving down the road and had my hand out of the car. I noticed that with certain movements, my hand would jerk away or I had to fight the energy created by airflow. I started to move my hand in certain directions, and I thought about certain techniques.

I thougt mostly about Iriminage. Thinking about acting like a strong breeze in the wind that swoops around your partner, and then accidentally turns them the wrong way to smash into them..

I dont know, weird thoughts I had I guess. Hopefully Im on the subject

But thanks for the sand analogy, I love that one too.

Devon Natario
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