“Interview with Michael Sheahon Sensei” by Greater Hartford Aikikai

“I feel the integration of centering, breathing and projection are fundamental to effective movement in aikido, both for nage and uke. I say this because no matter how precise the alignment of your hanmi to the line of attack, the width of your stance or the maai (tactical distance) between you and your partner, an application may be a complete failure if you are not centered, your breathing is not focused and you are not projecting power through fully extended arms.

Conversely, if you are well centered with good posture, you have good control over your breathing and you project fully and all of these events are integrated within focused movement, often the power you generate will in itself throw a committed partner, even if other things are not well executed.”

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