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Old 01-26-2001, 11:07 AM   #1
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From what I understand, I'm not alone in saying that occasionally I actually am able to perform aikido techniques "just right." At this point for me its more the exception rather than the rule, but that's one reason I keep trying - so I can eventually get the techniques "right" more. So, my question is: which technique or techniques do you feel that you perform just right more often than others?

For instance, this week I was able to do a tsuki iriminage (once) better than I can ever remember. It was funny because while I was doing it, I had this amazing feeling of "WOW!" for the whole three or four seconds it lasted. Of course, for the rest of class all I did was struggle to do it again - unsuccessfully! Regards.

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Old 01-26-2001, 02:52 PM   #2
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The run away technique.
Other than that, I have yet to do a technique that was "just right" consistently and daily. Why can't my ukes all attack in the exact same way?
That's why I keep training, and training, and training...

Best advise I've ever received:
"Don't just stand there, do SOMETHING! The fact that you may have failed doesn't matter, it's HOW you failed. Go down swingin'."

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Old 01-26-2001, 03:46 PM   #3
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I was sparring with a tkd guy on a masters day. I kept on taking him out with a swift tenkan when he came in, and followed by a sokomen iriminage.

Eventually he stopped trying to do high kicks on me...




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Old 01-26-2001, 05:34 PM   #4
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Yes I notice that "struggling to do it right again" involves trying to remember how I did it last time, instead of adopting to how it's going right *now*, which in turn causes it not to work

Ikkyo is probably the boldest example of that, in my case.

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From what I understand, I'm not alone in saying that occasionally I actually am able to perform aikido techniques "just right." At this point for me its more the exception rather than the rule, but that's one reason I keep trying - so I can eventually get the techniques "right" more. So, my question is: which technique or techniques do you feel that you perform just right more often than others?

For instance, this week I was able to do a tsuki iriminage (once) better than I can ever remember. It was funny because while I was doing it, I had this amazing feeling of "WOW!" for the whole three or four seconds it lasted. Of course, for the rest of class all I did was struggle to do it again - unsuccessfully! Regards.
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Old 02-12-2001, 01:47 AM   #5
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Sankyo and kote gaeshe I find easy to understand and often feel very natural
to execute. Irimi nage I find flat out
imposible. Wether slow or fast, with a tall uke of short uke, I can never keep my balance.

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Old 02-12-2001, 03:58 AM   #6
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I'm still such a beginer to know why, but for me sometimes shiho nage feels so good! I think the key to it is the turn. Good balance while turning = good Ki.

FabrÝcio Lemos, Brazil


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Old 02-12-2001, 05:57 AM   #7
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gadsmf@aol.com wrote:
, I can never keep my balance.
Have you tried it reeeeaaaaaallllllly slow?
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Old 02-13-2001, 03:52 AM   #8
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I'm pretty good at bowing - but I still need practice.

Apart from that I never really get any technique 'right'. Usually when some technique is really 'happening' for me my sensei walks up to me and say a few words that completely ruins everything - and I just love it.

However - if it HAVE to choose I would say Shihonage. It's just great.

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Old 02-13-2001, 08:34 AM   #9
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....here's another vote for Shihonage! ...that one just comes together for me more than any other technique.

...of course on the opposite end of the spectrum for me is ikkyo! RATZ!!!!

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Old 03-03-2001, 04:40 PM   #10
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I also find irimi-nage a great technique, as your uke plunges headlong into a complete void of off balance and then goes helplessly flying around you as you taisabaki before stepping through and dropping him to the mat!! When you get the timing absolutely spot on I think it is probably one of the most beautifully flowing aikido techniques!!! AND IT FEELS GREAT!!!

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Old 03-05-2001, 09:30 AM   #11
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Ikkyo is my favorite. It is one of the few techniques that just feels right. Like threading a needle. And the least effective technique in my repertoire... Irimi Nage. Bleah.
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Old 03-16-2001, 11:51 PM   #12
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Thumbs down kotegaishe

i love the feeling of dropping in to my center with uke's hand and them totally off balance. it's wicked cool.
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Old 03-17-2001, 04:45 AM   #13
Jim ashby
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Best technique

I love, just love Tenchinage. When it goes really well you are back in posture while Uke is rolling around your hip,Sweet!! My Sensei does a really wicked Iriminage which is great fun to receive. Come and try it.
Have fun.

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Old 03-17-2001, 09:47 AM   #14
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Smile Ura tenchinage

I love the feeling of this technique, especially when you have a good uke who feeds you enough energy through the grab. Its so beautiful to watch, too.

I also liked ikkyo ura a lot, as you just sorta plunk away uke's balance when you do it right(sorta rarely for me, but when it works, it works).

The one technique I never did terribly well with was shihonage, omote or ura. I think its probably because I'm so tall(almost 6 feet), and so I have the hardest time getting under uke's arm. Its also probably the reason I'm pretty good at ikkyo, so I'm not complaining.

Alex Magidow
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Old 04-03-2001, 11:53 PM   #15
Arunabha Sengupta
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My vote would be Shiho Nage and Kotegaeshi.
However, I am least proficient in Yoko Irimi Nage and somehow also find Tenchi Nage difficult.

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