Leo Tamaki: „Learning to learn Aikido (and other Martial Arts…)“

Even if the curriculum of a school is made of several steps with increasing difficulty, the first techniques cannot work after few repetitions (by this I mean the first few thousand times those techniques are performed). A superficial vision can lead to the impression that the techniques are levers or strikes that can be mastered in a few hours. The truth is entirely different. The true efficiency of these movements makes them… literally unbelievable. One cannot believe it. An untrained gaze will only see, in a movement, a lever resulting in an insufficient improvement of the power relationship. Despite the remaining difference in physical abilities, this movement enables an elderly to control an opponent physically superior. Which can lead to misunderstanding. This is because the technique works following a modification of the use of the body. Modification obtained… by working on the technique (amongst other components).

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