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I'm currently studying Tomiki Aikido under Dr. Yoji Kondo, although I started in Yoshinkan aikido under Helton-Sensei. I'm also studying Taiji under D. Gilmer at StillwaterTaichi I'm informally studying jo and bokken.


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Why do you omit taiji from the list of internal martial arts? I'm not challenging, just curious.
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comment Why drop the bokken vertical prior to a downstroke?
Excellent answer. Thank you. (that converges with my approach. Most of the time I practice as my mugairyu teacher taught. But in solo practice I try to alternate, to see what the other stroke will teach me).
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comment Why drop the bokken vertical prior to a downstroke?
Similarities and differences between suburi in kendo, aikido, aiki-ken and Mugairyu are a fascinating subject, and well worthy of a beer or three. Aikido seems to have kept the curved blade but pretends to use a kendo straight shinai. That said, this answer matches what I see, and I think I'll accept it. Thanks very much.
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comment Why drop the bokken vertical prior to a downstroke?
I've tried both. <warning; following is subjective> I and my partners agree that we prefer the way that our MuGaiRyu teacher taught us. Dropping to the spine feels slower, breaks the flow/energy, and seems to corrupt the shoulder position.