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Old 11-29-2011, 05:29 AM   #1
Michael Varin
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The Nature of Ki no Nagare

The way I was taught (or, at least, remember being taught), kihon was static and ki no nagare was in movement. Ki was always ambiguously translated as energy.

A lot has changed over the years.

I have found these distinctions to be totally insufficient.

I have begun to think that spirit or life-force is a much better way to look at ki. And ki no nagare should be to go with the flow of that, which I might add is very different than going with the flow of movement. (I also now realize that kihon is more properly basics or fundamental.)

Any thoughts?

-Michael
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:07 PM   #2
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Re: The Nature of Ki no Nagare

Agreed. Static, nagare, ki no nagare, ....

Kihon genri is essential and is first trained with static and then nagare waza. Without kihon genri in you, it'll be difficult to get to the stage of ki no nagare but at that point you'll be diminishing your reliance on kihon genri and getting close to aiki...

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