Following are instructor comments about the theme for the month—how uke, the partner who receives the neutralization in the encounter, needs to move. Some points are repeated. This will give you a sense of how important they are for Aikido practice.
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The musical process, as a human activity that unfolds in real-time, shares many similarities with sports and Aikido. Playing instruments, playing sports or practicing martial arts require years of training to build up technique, strength, coordination, endurance,
Hanmi handachi is both a technique and an approach: nage sits on her knees, with feet underneath, much like in the seiza meditation posture, but resting on the toes, to allow for readiness of movement. When the attack comes, nage (the person who applies the technique) receives it and executes any of the standard defenses from that low position.