Brian Kagen pick: “Just because you can do it” by Gregor Erdmann

“While in a practical sense, the ability to throw our uke is fine, aikido is a way of life for which training never ends. Furthermore, Aikido practice is conducted in a more co-operative manner than would be found on the street or in a tournament. Those who feel that they highly competent based on their proficiency in the Dojo could well be in for a surprise out on the street.”

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  1. I’m not sure what kami has always, or almost always, provided appropriate moves when confronted with street action. It seems that the stuff comes from a different source than “doing techniques” although that source uses the body training learned from day to day training.

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