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“In all forms of Aikido – but perhaps especially in the Yoshinkai style – there are ‘forms’ or Kata. We study these forms over and over, trying to perfect our movement and technique.”
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I like to think of the forms as being angular geometric figures, say triangles or squares, while aikido is a circle superimposed on them so that their corners are points on its circumference. If you don’t hit all the crucial points in the form, your technique will be faulty, but the real technique doesn’t have hard corners.
What we learn in good dojo is applicable in a fight. Just because the enemy is confused and out-of-rhythm doesn’t mean we should lose our rhythm. Rather, bringing the enemy into our rhythm, in which we are most effective, should be the goal. Granted, some moves might be less effective against a hardcore weightlifter who is on his 20th cycle of steroids. That is, except those many who have been training well for a long time, whom are almost always mid to high level yudansha. Clearly, the enemy will not be attacking as a classical uke, but proper, though imperfect techniques – sometimes along with unique, yet Aikido-esque spontaneous variations – are indeed useful, and often give a seasoned Aikidoka a significant advantage.
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