“This article follows on from my earlier article titled “Widen the Gap”. I noticed in my classes that the junior students would place their emphasis on the ‘throw’ and display an eagerness to complete the technique and throw their partner. This is perfectly understandable, since that is how we can judge our progress in Aikido.
Yesterday I couldn’t throw person ABC, today I can… progress.
By contrast, the senior students were focusing on their form and perfecting their execution. The relevance of smashing their already helpless uke has diminished in their minds and they were looking for efficiency and refinement in their technique.”
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