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September 18, 2012


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"In order to get good at kaiten nage, one has to perform it ten thousand times. Twenty thousand times. Thirty. And we’re still not talking master level. Most aikidoists never use aikido in a fight, in their whole lives. Why is that? "

Not to belittle the value of constant practise but I think you overate the complexity of aikido. aikido is a beautiful and simple art, complicated by those who teach it, usually through their own experience of 'practicing' repetition of techniques in order to experience aikido principles rather than firstly understanding the principles, then practice to gain experience. a lot of karate-kid style 'wax on wax off' stuff that goes on for years, when explanation and focus on basic principles would help a student to learn so much quicker.

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