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Old 07-23-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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To expand your Aikido, you must condense it down

Condense your Aikido down, just like a chef does in a top restaurant with a rich sauce on the boil, so that only the concentrated essence remains.

You should then be left with a singular method of moving your entire body feet centre and hands which can then be the solid foundation for every Aikido technique thereafter.

So concentrated, that one way of moving basically works for all techniques.

This condensed essence can then act like a starburst, and easily expand and flow into all techniques from then on.

Rather than viewing all Aikido techniques as many individual complex and independent techniques, try to change your viewpoint and way of thinking so as to start your Aikido from the one concentrated essence, with no thought for the many techniques available.

Subsequently they will then just flow like a river from the one source (the one concentrated essence).

To expand, you must first condense into a concentrated form.
Expand and grow into the person you are meant to be.
Enjoy the journey
Paul
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I am just another Aikidoka who started in the 70's, and am still loving it.
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
Benjamin Mehner
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Re: To expand your Aikido, you must condense it down

I'm a culinary student and a student of Aikido as well, so I love analogy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Let silence be my mantra.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:18 AM   #3
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Re: To expand your Aikido, you must condense it down

Condense the nonsense. Got it!
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:42 AM   #4
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Re: To expand your Aikido, you must condense it down

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Condense the nonsense. Got it!
And then you'll have Nonsense Concentrate? Just add water?
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:20 AM   #5
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Re: To expand your Aikido, you must condense it down

For best effect: add sake

In a real fight:
* If you make a bad decision, you die.
* If you don't decide anything, you die.
Aikido teaches you how to decide.
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:43 AM   #6
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Re: To expand your Aikido, you must condense it down

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Condense the nonsense. Got it!
You either are a beginner or a fool, which is it?
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:17 AM   #7
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Re: To expand your Aikido, you must condense it down

OK, seriously.
My teacher (and myself) has a very sober style. No unnecessary movements and focus is on basic principles, not the techniques themselves. For us, the principles are correct posture (shi sei) , distance (ma-ai) and fluent motion (kino nagare). Lessons are focused on one of these principles, so you improve that aspect and as a result improve a multitude of techniques, rather than studying a single technique and improve (only) that.
I have teached for about eight years now and find this approach works really well. People require some time to rid the idea of learning techniques (caused by our Western upbringing/schooling/etc), but after that they really enjoy Aikido more and learn/understand better.
So, yeah agreed, condense it down

In a real fight:
* If you make a bad decision, you die.
* If you don't decide anything, you die.
Aikido teaches you how to decide.
www.aikido-makato.nl
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