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Old 02-10-2009, 07:33 PM   #1
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Question the centre

hi all

i read a bk on aikido that talked about how to find your centre, so how do u go bout doing so and how do u no whether u have succeeded in finding your centre?
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:29 PM   #2
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Re: the centre

Just keep training.

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Old 03-25-2009, 11:31 AM   #3
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Re: the centre

I've probably answered this or similar questions before, so pardon me if I get repetitive.

The best center training I know is bokken suburi. Straight cuts - raising the sword from chudan kamae to jodan kamae, and back down again in the cut. That really develops one's center.

So do belly breathing exercises and mokuso.

I have written about it here:
http://www.stenudd.com/aikido/tanden.htm

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Old 03-25-2009, 12:28 PM   #4
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Re: the centre

Very simple - go to the roof of a tall building and jump off - as you are free falling, remove all tension from your body and totally relax - the spot that hits the ground first will be your Center
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:39 PM   #5
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The best center training I know is bokken suburi. Straight cuts - raising the sword from chudan kamae to jodan kamae, and back down again in the cut. That really develops one's center.
I think it depends some on your experience (not necessarily with aikido, but with body movement). If you're not used to movement where awareness of center is developed/reinforced, I think bokken suburi or similar exercises will mostly teach you where your center isn't, or will exacerbate the feeling of not being centered. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just that I don't think anybody should do bokken suburi expecting it to be a short, direct path to finding/developing your center. There is no such path IMO.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:53 AM   #6
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I don't think anybody should do bokken suburi expecting it to be a short, direct path to finding/developing your center. There is no such path IMO.
There is no short path to anything in aikido.

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Old 03-26-2009, 01:26 PM   #7
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"Very simple - go to the roof of a tall building and jump off - as you are free falling, remove all tension from your body and totally relax - the spot that hits the ground first will be your Center"

Cute . Although unfortunately (fortunately?) it's not true. What part of your body hits first will pretty much definitely NOT be your centre.
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Old 03-26-2009, 01:32 PM   #8
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Although I find the idea of 'finding your centre' to be really weird. What on earth does that mean? Your centre is your centre - it's not like it gets lost. I guess they mean something less literal, though, like being aware of your position and posture and specifically the position of your centre with respect to uke or to your limbs or to the ground (how high or low, how you are moving it...) or whatever..?. OK, I suppose I can make some kind of sense of that idea if I think it through... makes me very glad to have a teacher who basically speaks what I think of as plain english, though .
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:41 PM   #9
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Re: the centre

Basia, there is more to it. Trust me
If all you get is plain English, then maybe that's not all.

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Old 03-27-2009, 10:55 AM   #10
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Cute . Although unfortunately (fortunately?) it's not true. What part of your body hits first will pretty much definitely NOT be your centre.
Well, if you really relax totally, it will be close
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Old 03-27-2009, 03:19 PM   #11
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Well, if you really relax totally, it will be close
i believed that if your body bounced then it's not dead center so you have to try again until your body no longer bounced of the ground. don't forget that clothing will create air drag which affects your ability to find the true center; therefore, you need to remove all clothing items before jumping which should tell you that folks who wore hakama have never been able to find their center.
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