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Old 11-10-2005, 04:10 PM   #26
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Re: Heh, heres a different situation for ya.

Try Brazilian Jiujitusu for a week, then come back to aikido, that will make you seem like you are miles from your opponent!

Good luck in your studies. Everyone has things they must learn to overcome. Hopefully you can work through it.
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:54 PM   #27
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Re: Heh, heres a different situation for ya.

Miha Sinkovec wrote:
I beg to differ. I do it once in a while. Meditate under the stars and try to ignore the messed-up neurons trying to convince me that I'm being attacked by grass in full bloom. Mind over matter. To an extent it works.
Your neurons aren't trying to tell you anything... You ARE being attacked by grass. It is a bona fide medical condition, not a state of mind. Why would anyone expose themselves to such a hazard just to try to convince themselves it doesn't really exist? Even if you do manage to ignore the discomfort or the danger to some degree, what exactly is the point, when you could have just as easily avoided the exposure altogether? Overcoming a fear by embracing what you're afraid of is purely psychological, and is an entirely different thing.

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Old 11-11-2005, 09:05 AM   #28
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Re: Heh, heres a different situation for ya.

Eric LeCarde wrote:
For people wondering why I posted, I was initially curious if there were forms of aikido that focued more on making less contect and more evasion. I'm somewhat of a beginner, so this was a question about aikido and different styles.
Hi Eric,

Sure there are "no touch" throws in Aikido. The founder Morihei Ueshiba was pretty good at them in his later years Unfortunately it takes a lot of time and a lot of training in the more physical stuff before you can do these throws. For most of us there are no short cuts or ways around it. It's not different styles, it's different lengths of time training in Aikido that give you the ability to train that way.

However, basic avoidance of any attack is something you can practise. One exercise I have done is to continuously evade an attacker or several attackers by moving and stepping away from them and around them. This improves your awareness, timing, movement and posture. As there is no throwing involved you just have to hope they get tired before you do, or they will keep attacking! At higher levels it is possible to lead your attacker to the floor without making physical contact. This requires a great degree of control over your own timing, blending and movement.

IMHO you can learn to do this, but you will require sensitive instruction and training partners to achieve it. Talk to your sensei. Don't give up!

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