Saturday, January 16, 2010

Seen it, felt it, learned it, & still don't believe it

Every so often, an old conversation that I have had pops into my mind.  A lot of times, what it was that brought this memory to the surface, remains a mystery.
Today I remembered a conversation I had a long time ago with a friend about deashibarai.  He'd seen some miraculous-looking video of my instructor throwing deashi seemingly effortlessly and getting uke about four feet into the air.  My friend was sure that uke had to be jumping, and that this particular deashi could not be done to a resistant person.
I said, "I donno, I'm not as good as him, but I bet I can get you into the air."
We did some randori and sure enough, I got him in the air a time or two.  He looked amazed so we worked for a while, showing him the particular timing and angle to hit the thing, and we traded throws back and forth until he could throw me about 3 feet into the air with it.  It was working sweetly for both of us by the time we finished.  I asked him what he thought of that and he replied,
"I've seen it...
you've done it to me...
and you've taught me how to do it...
but I still don't think it's possible to do it that way."
All I could do was shake my head and walk away.  It's funny how we (all people - not just him) deal with evidence and perception and prejudice.

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Patrick Parker is a Christian, husband, father, martial arts teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282 木蓮
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