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Seiji Tomita Sensei ikkyo
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Stefaan Six




Registered: July 2005
Location: Gent
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Dazzler

Registered: September 2004
Location: Bristol
Posts: 638
7:54am Rating: 7 

interesting photo...

looks like someones gonna get an elbow to the head in exchange for that rib shot.
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Stefaan Six

Registered: July 2005
Location: Gent
Posts: 7
6:07am

In fact... it's impossible to get hit by this elbow, since the upper hand in this variation is aiming its power toward uke's face (ki musubi); if uke wants to use his elbow - he will just get smacked in the face (the hand is forwarding towards uke's face, not allowing any movement by uke's arm without exposing his face). At least... that's how Tomita sensei explained it to me... Apparently it's a common way of doing ikkyo in the older aikido styles.
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Dazzler

Registered: September 2004
Location: Bristol
Posts: 638
6:50am

are you looking at the same photo as me stefaan?

I can see why the newer styles promote getting off line.

I guess that a senior player would be sensitive to ukes change of attack and could respond...But it still looks pretty suspect to me.

I like to see the elbow controlled but maybe thats just me.

Not trying to diss the man - just saying what I see...but its only a photo...maybe different in real life.
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Stefaan Six

Registered: July 2005
Location: Gent
Posts: 7
6:24am

Well I guess everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion... but hey - feel free to criticise this man's technique... why not ? After all he only practices aikido for over 50 years, studied with masters such as Tanaka, Tohei and Saito and even the founder himself at Tanaka's dojo. Let me assure you, he DOES control the elbow, by binding the uke's force by his upper hand, and at the same time giving an atemi. But I can understand that perhaps all of this is to subtle to be seen in a simple photo... so no hard feelings...
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Dazzler

Registered: September 2004
Location: Bristol
Posts: 638
9:42am

Cheers Stefaan.

Since the picture is placed here then yes I'll feel free to offer my opinion. Thats what this site is for after all.

For me no one is so perfect that they are beyond critique no matter whom they have trained with and for how long.

Again my opinion is that to accept everything without question is dangerous.

So bad news for all those that have trained with the gods of aikido - I will continue to rise above my meager station and audaciously question all that appears to have flaws...or is far too subtle for the limited experience of myself.

I don't do hard feelings.

Cheers

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Adam Alexander

Registered: January 2005
Posts: 499
8:25pm Rating: 10 

This is a powerful picture. There's no opening for uke at this moment.
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Mike2003

Registered: November 2007
12:26am Rating: 9 

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