Lately in class we have returned to an emphasis on kihon - that is (IMO) making sure that you get all the steps in and making them as distinct as possible.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
It's amazing how every old dead wise guy seems to say such amazing-sounding stuff. For instance, I've been told that one old dead wise guy once said, "If you do small techniques you will have a small spirit, but if you do BIG technique then you can have a BIG spirit!"
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Per my last post, we've started working Junana in more of a kihon mode. That is, static uke and explicit emphasis on making each phase of the technique (kuzushi, tsukuri, and kake) as distinct as possible. This past week we worked shomenate and we've already seen some interesting aspects crop up in our practice.
Monday, April 03, 2017
Every teacher and organization and group and subgroup has its own distinctive practices. Things they do because of the way they interact or the particular way that they happen to think about the art we are doing. It is easy to look at other artists doing this thing that you thought that you had the exclusive truth about and think, "That guy sucks." If you're looking for videos of people sucking at aikido - they are super easy to find! Heck, I guarantee I could show you a video of Tomiki Sensei and your response would be, That dude is a white belt!
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