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Old 05-14-2005, 09:52 AM   #1
dan guthrie
Dojo: Aikido of SLO
Location: Morro Bay
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 139
Open expressions

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that action shots usually show uke and nage with bland or slightly happy expressions in mid-technique. Even if uke is landing in a high fall he/she looks either slightly bored or a little bit amused.

I have yet to see a scrunched up (as a friend of mine used to call it ) "hatchet face."
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Old 05-14-2005, 11:07 AM   #2
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Dojo: Alpharetta Martial Arts
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 68
Re: Open expressions

Ya our sensei always told us to have a focused but pleasant face to show good energy, confidence, etc.
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Old 05-14-2005, 04:28 PM   #3
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Location: Tupelo, MS
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Re: Open expressions

I think it's because we are taught that ukemi is supposed to be natural and one shouldn't worry about the fall. If that's so, then why should one have a strange face during techniques?..

On the other hand...I personally use strange faces, yelps, screams, etc. when I am the uke to children or I'm in a silly mood and trying to calm some nage down during a technique...

I believe that on the cover of Kisshomaru Uesiba Doshu's book Aikido that his uke have fairly tense faces that don't remind me much of boredom or a happy expression...plus Doshu looks like he's in an odd mood there to...

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