“Fundamentals; It’s Always About Fundamentals,” by L.F. Wilkinson

“Last couple of Saturdays we’ve spent the class covering multiple attack(s) training. The Tomiki Ryu has a greater focus on individual (toshu or hand) randori but when the mood strikes we’ll bunch up and go after it; or as an old S. Texas saying goes, ‘All you big guys line up and all you little guys bunch up; it’s time to dance.’

Multiple attacks (in my view) provide a window into the Aikido players’ head in that some uke attack with full vigor, others with less vigor and others holding back as if they are concerned about the ukemi; their not knowing with certainty the exact type, configuration or force the fall (they are getting set to take) will contain.”

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