“Flowetry,” by Felicia H.

“Last night’s class featured a special treat: Sensei S’s sensei – Kyoshi K! Part amazing practitioner, part comedian, Kyoshi took us through kicking and punching drills as well as kata for three solid hours – but the self-defense intro that preceded all that was incredible. He still chided me for ‘fighting like a small person’ but he recognized that some of the scenarios and add ons to the one-steps (ippon kumite techniques) we’d created on the spot might not work for someone my height (6’2″). Same for my 5’4″ training partner – and he let us modify them accordingly, which was really cool.”

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  1. …a number of aikido techniques are much easier to execute if you’re shorter. kochinage and shihonage come immediately to mind.

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