Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ichikata - from earth toward void

So, anyone noticed in your practice of Koryu Dai Ichi that the kata progresses from a less mobile, more solid/structural-feeling aikido toward a lighter, more airy, void-feeling aikido?  Check out the organization of the sets...
  • suwariwaza (solid, grounded, with techniques ending in pins)
  • release #1 (I like to practice this set with a slightly more solid, stronger uke)
  • release #2 (but practiced with tori fading back out of the way of a shoulder grab)
  • ryotedori (very airy, void feel - with techniques that project uke away instead of pinning)
Patrick Parker
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