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Although I have tried to stick to the basics and teach to the test, this morning I broke the theme – and re-introduced concepts. It was a small class so the deviation probably did little damage. Techniques are in many ways easier than concepts because they are discrete and short, composed of a few beats […]Read more "KOTEGAESHI to IRIMINAGE: Circular Dissolves"
There is a great quote, often wrongly attributed to Aristotle, but actually is from Will Durant (who is very well worth reading) in his discussion of Aristotle (The Story of Philosophy, 1926): Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather […]Read more "EXCELLENCE"
Gyaku hanmi katate dori kotegaeshi can be broken down into its constituent movements. I am trying to ‘teach to the test’ and therefore present the ‘how to’ step by step mechanics and this morning we built from the understanding of the axis of the encounter. Gyaku hanmi katate dori eliminates many variables because the encounter starts […]Read more "GYAKU HANMI KATATE DORI KOTEGAESHI"
This morning we covered gyaku hanmi katatedori shihonage. The focus is on kihon presentation in order to ensure precision. Gyaku hanmi (R/L or L/R) starts with a fixed contact point – the wrist grab. Both players must have a forward energy toward each other’s center. Because the logic of the wrist grab is a knife […]Read more "GYAKU HANMI SHIHONAGE"
For this post, I merely re-post from Master Keating and simply imbed links to make more clear what he was imparting. Study these concepts, they pertain to your Aikido training as well: ______________________ In Kung Fu to issue forth a blast of energy (force) from any place on your body is known as “Fa-jing“. It […]Read more "KI/KOKYUHO – internal power and its cognates"
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