“Last Monday a classmate of mine, Haruko-san, a judge from Japan, came by to watch a clip of Shimizu Sensei on my laptop. She made an observation that really ‘clicked’, which is “Your teacher does not seem to move very much.” Such a simple observation, but one which I missed completely, and to have her say it to me made me reflect on its philosophical ramifications. This article is my attempt to articulate some of these.
If you look only at Shimizu Sensei, then it is obviously untrue that he is moving little: which nage doesn’t have to move to execute his technique? Look at him with reference to the ukes, however, and you will notice that the ukes are moving much more relative to him.”
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