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Moving off the line is the 1st principle of Aikido as sometimes the bear needs poking

The 1st principle of Aikido is moving off the line – here is why. Sensei Saw It… Sempai Heard It… Uke Wore It!   Most times I fail to move off the line completely and then wonder why I have trouble completing the technique. The prerequisite of being off the line isn’t there so the …

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Three Kinds of Disciples

A story from Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (compiled by Paul Reps):  When Zen master, Gasan was studying under Tekisui, his teacher was very severe.  Sometimes he even beat Gasan. Other pupils would not stand this type of teaching and quit. Gasan remained, saying: A poor disciple utilises a teacher’s influence. A fair disciple admires a …

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