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Old 06-28-2004, 08:28 AM   #1
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
aiki and technique

~~It seems that I can remember and perform all of the little details of technique when I move more slowly during practice, but when uke comes in faster or I simply move more freely with the moment--without thought for exactness--then I loose some of those fine points.
~~My teacher has said that both are very important and so I am focusing my training on blending them in balance. Unfortunately, I still swing quite a bit back and forth on the scale. Has anyone found a practice that aids in this blending (besides more training time)? I use visualization quite a bit, and I think that's helping.

Take care, All!

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Old 06-28-2004, 09:45 AM   #2
Greg Jennings
Dojo: WPAFB JiuJitsu Group
Location: Springboro, OH
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,110
Re: aiki and technique

Try to train on a 4-point scale going from the most basic to the advanced form. Not that I've got any good handle on aikido, but it seems to fill in the gap for me.

Best regards,

Greg Jennings
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Old 06-28-2004, 11:53 AM   #3
Jordan Steele
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 126
Re: aiki and technique

I know exactly how you feel. Somedays you move a little slower and focus on techinque, but feel very solid and other days you just go with the flow and feel very effective, but a little weaker. I tried many ways of balancing the two and came to one conclusion, I couldn't. Practicing slower and solid some classes is good, but when things get moving you don't apply the techinque with 100% committment. Your muscles will remember the solid feel, but when things move faster, the rest of you has to keep up and that means throwing uke hard. If you have a good uke, trust their abilities and go for it.
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