Operating from Uke’s zone… More from the “Zone Theory of Aikido” Course

I would like to discuss the topic of operating from Uke’s zone. What can you do if you are not able to enter into your partner’s blind spot? What if you have to move in front where he can easily see and attack you In this case, you need to employ different tools in order to seize the initiative from your partner.

Among the most effective are atemi — strike to a vital point — and kiai — the combative shout. Using such methods as these, it is possible to induce a “flinch reflex” and regain the initiative from your partner. From there, it becomes possible to apply an effective technique because your partner’s attack is neutralized…

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