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)