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Old 03-16-2010, 04:11 PM   #1
Gorgeous George
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'Gozo Shioda Docu Aikido'

I found a pretty bizarre Japanese documentary on YouTube; it's about Gozo Shioda's life story from what i can tell. It's entirely in Japanese with no subtitles, so i was hoping that somebody here might know what is being said...?

If anybody can provide any insight (particularly into the scene with the goldfish, and the one where he's walking his dog and does a miracle jump), it'd be much appreciated.

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Old 03-16-2010, 05:02 PM   #2
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Re: 'Gozo Shioda Docu Aikido'

I saw this the other day with English subtitles. It was on a blog (first entry):


"Never escalate a battle unless forced to do so by your enemy" - Zordon
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:23 PM   #3
Gorgeous George
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Re: 'Gozo Shioda Docu Aikido'

David Maidment wrote: View Post
I saw this the other day with English subtitles. It was on a blog (first entry):

That's great; thank you.
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:06 PM   #4
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Re: 'Gozo Shioda Docu Aikido'

Thanks, guys! The fishbowl training is just awesome. I would love to know if he invented this concept. (or is it even true?)
Martial arts involves so many things, there are some really important things that can get missed even in simple kata. So sometimes weird setups are the best way to discover, analyze, and practice them.

I work with birds sometimes (finches-- they are prey animals), and I like to observe what startles them, as I go about giving them snacks, etc. It is hard to predict what will startle them, and considering they are evolutionarily invested in being able to predict or "read" predators' movemets, I am very interested in what my body is signalling to them.
With the fish, he is able to study something different. That bowl is a resonator (with many eigenfrequencies), and the fish are busy doing ongoing complex sequences of motor commands. His bumping on the glass would interfere with their swimming.

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