Stanley Pranin’s “Zone Theory of Aikido” Course: Introducing the Principle of Confusion

When practicing aikido — katadori ikkyo in this case — using an atemi strike is often very effective. One of the results of being struck is that uke’s attack is neutralized. This is accomplished by introducing an element of confusion where uke’s focus is disrupted by your atemi strike thereby sapping the power from his attack…

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