“The Sphere of Influence,” by Sean Ashby

“Blame it on me being a visual person, but I’ve always liked using concrete ideas and expressions to illustrate a concept or point, both to myself and to students I may be working with. One of those analogies has really intrigued me for a while now, especially how it relates to both judo and aikido.”

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  1. Koshinage

  2. When, years ago, I taught in a Chinese Kempo school, the seifu (Bill Ponder – “Crane of the Lake”) talked a lot about distance and centerline. For each distance there is an appropriate set of techniques based on what can be brought to bear (fists, feet, elbows, knees, hips…). I also very much like the Leonardo da Vinci sketch of the circle surrounding the man with arms and legs outstretched (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitruvian_Man).

  3. The interesting thing to me is, as far as I can recall, koshinage doesn’t seem to appear at all in Tomiki Ryu Aikido except once in koryu dai roku, the last of the advanced kata (unless anyone can remind me of another instance I’m forgetting?). Personally, I would like to experience and explore it more.

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