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jorvik wrote:There is another way to use slow training. When I used to do Aikido we would move slow to negate strength by technique, it is hard to relax when somebody uses a lot of strength against you. as an example if somebody grabs both your wrists, you relax your arms and step back with your feet, thereby making them fight the strength in your hips and lower body with their grip
here is a nice clip of some older folks doing Hakkoryu jiu jitsu.derived from the same source as Aiki
that gives a feel of what I mean
Josann wrote: I did a few months of Aikido years ago and couldn't get it to mesh with the uechi training I was doing.
Jason Rees wrote:Josann wrote: I did a few months of Aikido years ago and couldn't get it to mesh with the uechi training I was doing.
My Uechi instructor included a half hour of Aikido with every lesson. It complimented the Uechi pretty well, from what I recall. Quite a bit of the close contact striking would flow into gripping/leverage/throwing.
But it's been a really long time. Could just be the years messing with my memory.
jorvik wrote:With aikido there are a number of different styles within the name, only a few of them are effective although within the ineffective ones there are a few very effective people , but to the uninitiated they all look the same. The actual techniques of Aiki are practised in a number of styles , just done a little diffferently............I now do Balintawak Escrima and fillipino boxing. They do some very obvious Aiki techniques, but they are not done the same as the Aikikai........ what I was saying though applies to any number of martial arts, I only chose Aikido as an example...you could use Tai Chi if you wanted.
The point that I am making is that people do it slowly to get it right, and by Right I mean using the correct posture, muscles, alignement etc. In some cases it is part of the art, indeed the whole basis of the art. Tai Chi is designed to fight stronger ,quicker people..you can't do that by being stronger and quicker than them..if you are then you are doing it wrong, so even when you fight you will be slower.
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