Saturday, January 23, 2010

Aikido releases in bagua

Fair warning - I don't do bagua, I do aikido, so these opinions may just be the ravings of a sick, sick mind, but...  A few days ago, Dojo Rat posted a article on the importance of Structure and I commented that when I watch Bagua circle walking I see aikido releases.  There was some follow-up to this thread.
Anyway, here is a piece of a vid I scraped off of YouTube of some wooly-looking dude doing some circle walking.  Again, I don't do bagua, so I can't comment on the quality of his performance, but I have labeled a few of the releases that I see in this circle.

A note about my shorthand: There are 10 basic releases in our flavor of aikido.  The first eight I call R1, R2, R3, etc...  The last two, I call YK1 and YK2 because these two releases are the first two techniques of Yon Kata (Koryu Dai Yon kata).
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