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Old 11-22-2004, 11:17 AM   #26
sharonbader
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Re: Practicing Flow?

Mountain Biking teaches flow, you don't want to ride into a tree either.

One exercise we have done is to do iriminage, while Tori executes the technique, uke is required to follow JUST infront of Tori's movement.

Tori controls the speed.
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Old 11-22-2004, 09:39 PM   #27
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Re: Practicing Flow?

I live in florida.....

(we have no mountains)

^_^
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Old 11-22-2004, 11:24 PM   #28
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Re: Practicing Flow?

Quote:
Thomas Dixon wrote:
I live in florida.....

(we have no mountains)

^_^
Unless you consider our landfills...and well... the fake orange blossom scent to cover the stench makes you want to

Go with the flow and eat more fiber. Things move on a regular basis then.

Anne Marie Giri
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Old 11-23-2004, 06:05 AM   #29
Peter Seth
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Smile Re: Practicing Flow?

Forget techniques, they just spoil the flow! The 'flow IS aikido. Techniques are just the 'full stop'(period) at the end of flow and they will just 'appear' as you move through your flow, so 'flow can be terminated in a technique at any time and when the most suitable technique 'appears'. as for practicing flow, there are many ways, EG: hold a piece of paper and ask your partner to get hold of it - you then move slightly ahead (in Tai Sabaki) of his movements to prevent him grasping it.
Personally I let a partner grasp my index finger and tell him to break it. I then move ahead of him trying to avoid the discomfort (you also have to use 'Te sabaki' to lead and redirect your partners energy). This is only a short duration exercise but when you become reasonably fluid at it, it can be used as a good demonstration tool.
Pete
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Old 11-23-2004, 06:45 AM   #30
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Re: Practicing Flow?

Quote:
Thomas Dixon wrote:
I live in florida.....

(we have no mountains)

^_^

I used to live in FL. Sure you have mountains!

Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth... Montverde, Monticello...



-Kevin.
Missing FL now that hurricane season is over and frost season is on up in the Catskill Mountains.
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Old 11-23-2004, 07:38 AM   #31
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Re: Practicing Flow?

Quote:
Kevin Masters wrote:
I used to live in FL. Sure you have mountains!

Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth... Montverde, Monticello...



-Kevin.
Missing FL now that hurricane season is over and frost season is on up in the Catskill Mountains.
I live by cocoa, florida. Far EC.
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Old 11-23-2004, 10:18 AM   #32
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Re: Practicing Flow?

A few people within this thread have mentioned dance. I can say that personally, I've experienced this working! About five years ago, I took up ballet, jazz, tap, modern and ballroom dance. I (and others) began to notice my Aikido steadily improving. Now I am a swing dance instructor. Swing dance has great exercises for partner work, I recomend it.

As for Aikido practice by yourself, I (like a few other people have done) recommend practicing basic movements that later become components of your techniques.
Try some of the following:
Irimi - sliding entering movement
Tenkan - two steps (one foreward, and one backwards = turning you 1880 degrees)
Tenshin - one step off the line, step backward at a 45 degree angle with the other foot

There are many other things you can do, such as independant (warm-up) exercises, like sai undou and irimi undou, if those are things that your dojo practices.

Also, don't forget that you can 'run-through' techniques without a partner. In my opinion, this is a rather advanced concept and difficult thing to do. It's good practice. If you do any weapons training, you can find a great rhythm in that. If you have a partner to practice with sometimes, you can do the blending timing of a shomen-uchi (head strike) attack multiple times, and the timing will come.

I was speaking with one of my Sensei at Hombu Dojo just the other day about how difficult blending is, and how timing is the hardest thing for a lot of people. It comes with time and practice.

Good luck!
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Old 11-24-2004, 06:15 PM   #33
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Thanks Thats reassuring
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