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Old 11-27-2015, 05:30 PM   #1
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Structure. Leading. Atemi

Good structure leads to strong posture. A strong posture leads to a free mind. When one's posture is weak, the mind is distracted as it tries to accommodate the weaknesses in the posture and leads to lack of freedom. This is trained through the kihon of aikido, where an aikidoka's posture is tested. Not just in resisting an uke's force, but extending force through said posture instead of muscular force.

Leading is where posture is moved. Keeping good posture through constant movement is practiced with techniques done from a tsuki, shomen or yokomen strike. A subtle change in posture results in great affect to uke's stance and leaves him vulnerable, and it is these changes that should be studied in great detail.

Most aikidoka believe that atemi is striking. But I think that atemi, or the idea behind it, is application. After strengthening posture and developing one's movement, how does the two work together to facilitate fight or flight. That is what is practiced when one does randori or jiyuwaza. Whether it be a strike, throw or merely stopping a determined assault. Atemi is the element which must be studied in order to bring meaning to aikido as a whole.

Each of the above are not exclusive to certain techniques, but rather all techniques teach structure, leading and atemi to some extent. One must discern one from the other through feeling the body of the uke and the observing the teaching of the sensei and train accordingly.
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Old 01-19-2017, 10:46 AM   #2
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Re: Structure. Leading. Atemi

I like it

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Old 02-09-2017, 05:12 PM   #3
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Re: Structure. Leading. Atemi

Thanks for the post.

I am also being taught that at the start of the waza, uke should also have good posture, not offering any free openings - that is, the openings nage should expect, as a consequence of the prescribed attack.

For example, I have a tendency to slouch and grasp nage's wrist with a locked elbow. I have been quickly taught not to do that, as nage would simply take advantage of the locked elbow; and possibly add another technique on top of that taking advantage of my facing the ground instead of looking at nage's face.

Another example: As uke, I was grabbing nage's wrist too weakly. She said "if you don't grab properly, I can elbow you in the face with the arm you're grabbing".
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:28 AM   #4
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Re: Structure. Leading. Atemi

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Thanks for the post.

I am also being taught that at the start of the waza, uke should also have good posture, not offering any free openings - that is, the openings nage should expect, as a consequence of the prescribed attack.

For example, I have a tendency to slouch and grasp nage's wrist with a locked elbow. I have been quickly taught not to do that, as nage would simply take advantage of the locked elbow; and possibly add another technique on top of that taking advantage of my facing the ground instead of looking at nage's face.

Another example: As uke, I was grabbing nage's wrist too weakly. She said "if you don't grab properly, I can elbow you in the face with the arm you're grabbing".
As uke, you need to be aware of how you hold yourself, do not fight the technique, it is destined that you would lose anyway. But be conscious of what you are doing, where do you feel tension? Which areas of your body is too strained or not strained enough. This awareness must be present at all times.

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Old 04-19-2017, 12:46 AM   #5
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Well... you can say something about 'good structure'. but it's quite vague and useless unless you specify what is the 'good structure' and how to keep it while moving.

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Old 04-20-2017, 11:29 AM   #6
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Re: Structure. Leading. Atemi

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Well... you can say something about 'good structure'. but it's quite vague and useless unless you specify what is the 'good structure' and how to keep it while moving.

Jaemin
That is dependent on physical training. A structure is something that can only be specified by the physical sensation, not words. Kokyu-ho, kokyu-nage and unbendable arm tests, when done successfully, should give you a better idea regarding structure than words ever could.
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:48 PM   #7
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That is dependent on physical training. A structure is something that can only be specified by the physical sensation, not words. Kokyu-ho, kokyu-nage and unbendable arm tests, when done successfully, should give you a better idea regarding structure than words ever could.
Sorry but then you can't discuss about the structure here since there's no physical sensation here.
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