Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Day 1 - First half hour


  1. Hey guys,

    I watched the last two vids. What struck me was you would do the first balance break using a lot of arm power, and you would instantly stop moving. Aiki demands you move the center constantly.

    It looks like uke is spinning on you because you are entering too deep. Maybe try a shallower angle where uke wants to fall. It looks more like you are jamming him and giving him arm tension to support him.

    Good luck with the project, I will pop in to help problem solve!

  2. Cool vids.

    Hint #1 - tori does not push downward in the initial balance break. Push forward at your own shoulder level. I think that's what Strange noticed above RE: arm power.

    Keep Practicing!

  3. Also watched the last two, and it looks like uke is often much too top heavy at the point of contact, leaning into tori, so when the balance break happens, he spins or continues falling forward, or you both get jammed up. Uke needs to have better balance, moving/attacking from the center; don't lean forward into tori. (Tori still has options for dealing with that, but they're not the techniques you're trying to practice.)

    Also, I wouldn't make a balance break and stop (as Eric mentioned), keep moving forward (ad a slight outward arc), and also don't enter quite as deep, yes.

  4. Thanks for the comments guys, it gives us plenty of things to focus on for the next couple of days.