New Schedule and Location for 2016

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Don't take a step you don't have to

The first of Nick's randori pointers that he dropped on us early this year is, "Don't take a step that you don't have to take."  I appended to that, for my own understanding, "...because stepping exposes us to otoshi and guruma, which we are all expert at exploiting."
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But, stepping and step-synchronization and footfall kuzushi - those are to a large degree how we do everything we do, at least to about shodan or nidan level.  Our first couple of rules that we teach day-one beginners and that we beat to death every class include, "control ma-ai if you can," and "if you can't control ma-ai, get off the line of attack."  We are pre-occupied with stepping properly.
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But then we grab hold of one of the high-level sensei and we're busted as soon as we touch - seemingly they didn't even move much, if at all!  How do we begin to do the no-step randori when we have no drills or examples or exercises between about white belt and shodan?
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Here are  some possibilities for exercises to begin to build this capability...
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Suwariwaza and Kokyudosa...
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Stake Standing (or for yoga folk, Tadasana)...

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Isometric/internal strength tricks...

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Parlor tricks like Morihei Ueshiba and Lulu Hurst used to do...



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Patrick Parker
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