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  1. By all means, Cady, even though I don't have much...

    By all means, Cady, even though I don't have much faith in Internet discussions as a means of serious dialogue.
  2. Yes, eventually, in accordance with the degree of...

    Yes, eventually, in accordance with the degree of simplicity attained in the rest of your life.
    But, it is a bit like saying" to do zazen, just sit". Those of us who have tried know how that goes.:D
  3. Hello Cady, We don't know each other. I teach...

    Hello Cady,
    We don't know each other. I teach aikido in the Netherlands and also lead an ILC study group. I'm curious if you have shown this clip to Sifu. I have demonstrated some of this material...
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    Hello Peter, Could you please indicate the...

    Hello Peter,
    Could you please indicate the nuanced differences between these two terms? I am constantly considering the manner of practise in aikido as compared to such things as sticky hands or...
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    OK let me be clear, I said, "a little stupid and...

    OK let me be clear, I said, "a little stupid and a lot of luck". I stand by that. I also agree that if you feel your life is being threatened doing anything is better than doing nothing and acting...
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    Just goes to show: a little skill, a little...

    Just goes to show: a little skill, a little stupid and a lot of luck will get you through one time in a hundred. Even in the reconstruct he rotates the wrist in dojo fashion so that the gun is...
  7. Thread: Christian Aikido

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    I think Brian was very polite, and I have no wish...

    I think Brian was very polite, and I have no wish to be rude but
    Poor body structure, he was almost pulled over several times by a very lightweight and extremely compliant uke. His manner was...
  8. Thread: Self defense

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    It has already been said in different words. The...

    It has already been said in different words. The need for physical self defence represents three levels of failure on the spectrum of personal protection:
    Your awareness sucks, your readiness and...
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    Hello Reg, As you are someone with both military...

    Hello Reg,
    As you are someone with both military and security experience you are entirely comfortable with being prepared for terrain and environment, physically and psychologically. It is also a...
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    Aiki?

    Bruce, I don't want to be accused of hijacking the thread, especially on the aikijutsu forum, but I'd be happy to go deeper in PM mode. Akuzawa places great emphasis on the development of what he...
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    I have recently had my fourth seminar with Minoru...

    I have recently had my fourth seminar with Minoru Akuzawa. I am still trying to process all my thoughts about what he can do and what he teaches. I am deeply impressed by the body skills he shows,...
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    Keeping balance

    Given that all the replies you have received focus upon your focus, i.e., physical balance, I thought perhaps it might be worth considering why you are bending over too far at the end of techniques.....
  13. Thread: Aunkai Review

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    tis true

    Thats my experience as well Tim. I've done a weekend in Paris and a few days in Tokyo with Ark and I'm impressed enough to organise his first (I hope!) trip to the Netherlands. I'll also be with him...
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    flip

    So, as an afterthought, why wouldn't the ukemi also be called sutemi? :)
    I've just never heard it used for ukemi only for nagewaza
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    Flip over

    Out of interest, I have always understood that the origin of sutemi was not uke sacrificing himself, but tori sacrificing the standing position when it became untenable. In other words a sutemi nage...
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    flying

    I use tobiukemi as well, FWIW
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    Hirayama Gyozo and the Shinnuki Ryu

    Does anyone out there know anything about the Kansetsu of Shinnuki Ryu? I found an interesting reference in a quote from Kenji Tokitsu concerning their training methods. Looking for more, sorry to be...
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    Striking arts

    One point emerges from this and from Stan's experience. If you only train within a self referencing dynamic you can, and most probably will be, overwhelmed by the speed and intensity of a striking...
  19. Thread: Kuzushi in waza

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    Too complicated

    Peter Goldsbury Sensei recently translated kuzushi to me as "breaking the house down', and he said this was the meaning before the term unbalancing became popular. My current understanding of kuzushi...
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    I don't know about this home study thing. it...

    I don't know about this home study thing. it sounds a bit like sex without a partner. i t might make you feel good for a while but it sure aint the "real...
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    I don't want to start a big argument but this is...

    I don't want to start a big argument but this is the rather modern view of martial arts as sanitized healthy recreations. Less than a hundred years ago, a "real" MA practitioner would be looking for...
  22. To add to what Chris has just said, good grip...

    To add to what Chris has just said, good grip (tenouchi) comes from the wringing action where the first knuckle of both hands are in line, and from solid wrist strength. Doing this initially causes...
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    "monkey style"

    You know I studied this MA a long time ago and I always found the suit a bit tight, but this guy is really good :)
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    Hello Peter, thank you for correcting my...

    Hello Peter,

    thank you for correcting my feeble attempts at nihongo. I was hoping you would. Speak to you soon.

    Domo arigato sensei
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    Discipline

    You need to check these further for nuance:

    kuntuo
    shugyu (Austerity)
    shitsuke (I think this is closest)
    Kun'iku
    choubatsu


    regards, Alec
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