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accepted Why drop the bokken vertical prior to a downstroke?
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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.
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comment Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?
Tomiki and Shotokan school use limited attacks. I believe Tomiki-sensei was once quoted as saying that 50% of your techniques should be shomen ate, and that the rest of the curriculum was only to be used if that didn't work. Yoshinkan uses atemi as a distraction to maintain kuzushi. Although I don't challenge Aristos' assertion, I think that the situation is more complicated.
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answered Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?
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revised bokken wiki excerpt
included link to an excellent article about bokken shapes.
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revised bokken wiki description
included link to an excellent article about bokken shapes.
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comment How to select the right Aikido dojo
I think that several of these overstate the case. In both of my dojo's it is common for senior students to explain to novices, and it is not a violation of etiquette. Also in adjult dojo's, I think the proportions will change. We're probably 75% black belt at the moment, and although I'd prefer to change that, I don't perceive it as a significant problem. I don't disagree with tacone - these are useful indicators - but I think that they overstate the severity.