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Old 03-25-2004, 05:29 AM   #1
Dojo: aikido of westchester
Location: new york
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 10
Ai symbol Single or multiple training partners?

In my dojo, we change training partners with each new technique. I like this approach, but I am told that in many dojos one works with a single partner for the entire training session.

Which do you prefer, and why?
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Old 03-25-2004, 06:18 AM   #2
Dojo: Shobu Aikido Cape Cod
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 152
I prefer the multiple partner approach. If you train with one partner constantly, each learns the others movements and in the spirit of harmony, there is the chance of practice becoming a dance. Also, each person is different is size weight speed and firmness of attack. Also each person performs nage's actions differently. To me, Aikido is the practice of movement and control under varied situations. It would seem to me that this is more difficult to acheive when practicing with the same partner.
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Old 03-25-2004, 06:18 AM   #3
Dojo: Aikido of Norfolk
Location: Norfolk, VA
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 68
Re: Single or multiple training partners?

I love changing partners. It's humbling (is that a word?).

Sometimes I'll stay together with the same partner for 3 or 4 techniques then split up again. Especially when Sensei strings techniques together.

Steve Nelson
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Old 03-25-2004, 08:59 AM   #4
Dojo: Aikido of Norwalk
Location: CT
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 205
I prefer the multiple partner approach.
Just make sure you use protection.


Last edited by Arianah : 03-25-2004 at 09:03 AM.

Out of clutter, find simplicity.
From discord, find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
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Old 03-25-2004, 09:03 AM   #5
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Location: Florida Gulf coast
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I like training with different partners because you get a different feel for each one. Teaches you to adapt the technique.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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