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Home > Humor > Aiki Bowling
by Patricia Matthews <Send E-mail to Author> - 28. Nov, 1996

  1. Don't try and keep the ball centred during the back swing
  2. Gripping from the little finger doesn't help
  3. It's important to LOSE connection with the ball at some point
  4. Don't try and raise it like a bokken; don't throw from the centre of the head
  5. If applying kotegaeshi to the ball, remember to start off with your back to the lane
  6. Keep the back foot on the floor; keep the toes under
  7. Forget circles and go for linear techniques
  8. Don't try and slam the ball through the lane; it's distance, not airtime that you need
  9. Be aware of the edges of the lane (do you think you can get a dojo with runnels around the edge of the mat to stop ukes from spinning off?)
  10. Choose a ball that will give you a committed attack
  11. It's not neccessary to alternate sides
  12. Only do it sensei's way if it is effective (or they are watching)
  13. Concentrate on the taking the balance of the pins
  14. Finish the technique with all pins on the ground
  15. Don't let the pins back up until you have moved away
  16. It is not neccessay to bow to the ball or before stepping on to the lane (although might be worth trying if you are desperate)
  17. Keep your shoes on
  18. Sitting in seiza at the edge of the lane is not advisable
  19. Always consider if your bowling is feasible in a 'real life' situation
  20. If you lose, blame it on the previous days wrist/back/knees/shoulder injury
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