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Hand placement is important! Video: “Fine points of Shihonage”

In this video Stanley Pranin offers his views on some particulars of aikido’s Shihonage (four-corner throw). He discusses the generation of mechanical energy to disrupt uke’s balance through positioning, and arm and body movement, atemi, kiai, etc. Next, is a discussion of the positioning of the hands on uke’s arm to execute Shihonage. He proposes that a common hand placement used is ineffective and suggests using the teachings of Morihei Ueshiba and Morihiro Saito as models. Finally, a comparison of some differences in the execution of Shihonage omote and ura are presented…

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  1. Aikido ! Really ?‏

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    Pierre Ghassibi 8/31/13
    To: bill myers, Jamie Ghassibi, Jeremy Ahouse
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    Did Morihei really devise a practical art of self defense ?
    I have been thinking a lot. Usually not much comes out when I think, especially if it’s a lot.
    But this is what came out:

    Morihei learned an art that is descended from fields of war. Samurais had armor and punching them
    was useless. You had to break them, throw them in ways to destroy their bodies. In Aikido, Ushiro
    techniques have Uke hold a choke with one arm and Nage’s wrist , which could draw a knife or sword,
    with his other arm. This is a weak choke on the streets. Using both arms is much stronger, but Aikido
    does not teach defense against this. Etc. Morihei only practiced what he inherited from Samurai arts.

    Observing closely Aikido, most styles teach techniques that are easy to block, that need a lot of force,
    much weaker than any other art. Yet , Aikido people pretend to use blending and the opponent’s force
    against him. When these techniques do not work in reality, the answer is that they are not practiced
    correctly and that you need many years of practice to get them right. After twenty years, I find myself
    needing twenty more years…

    Karate, Jujutsu, Bagua, Taichi, now seem to be much more intelligent than Aikido.

    I think we should modify Aikido. I am not even impressed by many high ranking Japanese. I know, who
    am I to judge, yet I can still advance an opinion.

    I think Aikido can improve, stay very soft, effective martially , effective in the hands of a small person,
    if training is modified. I like Hiroshi Ikeda’s, Roberto Martucci’s, Stephane Benedetti’s, Yoshinobu Takeda’s
    (even though the latter is often misunderstood , Kevin Choate’s, and mostly Chico Xerri’s of Noosa Kenkyukai.

    My theory is that techniques should be the least important. Most of us think and try to make technique work.
    The key to success is not technique at all, but Kuzushi, ie, getting Uke off balance. This is given much less
    importance, even when we talk about it in seminars. People hear about it, but only understand the anatomy
    of a technique. Technique without Kuzushi is totally useless, unless Nage is stronger than Uke.
    There is still a step that is far more important than Kuzushi: Tai Sabaki, I mean Evasion, dodging, not being
    there when a punch tries to land.

    Centering, unbendable arm, technique, all is secondary.

    Pierre
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