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Move your shoulders up and down several times to find a posture where you can do it easily. You should be sitting with your feet up. Second photo Sit seiza lightly. Check to be sure that you move your shoulders up and down several times. Put your hand on your lap lightly. Do not push down. Your toes cross, one on top of the other lightly.
If you are a right-hander only, one of your opponents arms will pose a problem. For example, in harai-goshi as you pivot round to the left the opponent's left arm will be pushing you away. His right arm does not get in the way because you are turning into it. The easiest way to get past the left arm is to bring your right elbow and arm sharply down, breaking your partner's grip on your right sleeve. It will be necessary to let go to do this, but having broken the opponent's grip do not give him a chance to recover his grip, but instantly snatch a hold on his lapel and come in for the throw. There is nothing more unsettling for a 'strong-arm' man than to have his safe grip broken. Keep on breaking his grip attacking instantly as you do so. The opponent's right hand grip on your lapel can be broken by snatching the whole left side and arm back, pulling your left lapel as you do so. One final example is when you are holding underneath your opponent's two arms. To break through this grip...
Your partner holds your lapels with his right hand. Step back to your right corner with your left foot. Attack his face with your right hand. Follow through until your arm is under his right hand. Swiftly turn back and with a big circle with your shoulder break his grip. At the same time, step into his right side with your left leg. Catch his neck with your left hand. Take a big step with your right leg so that you are in the opposite direction. Bring your partner in a wide, smooth circle. Keep his head into your right shoulder. Your knees should be a little bent and your shoulders relaxed so as to maintain balance. Now bring your right arm over his face and bend his head back. Throw him to the mat. Do not bend from the waist but use your hip movement to throw him.
When I began Aikido my teacher instructed me mostly from the kneeling positions. This lasted for two years. Because of this I got a good idea of the use of the hips in Aikido. Later on, after practising these postures which can be seen in Plates 51 and 52, try the actual knee walking. Start with one knee resting on the mat, keeping your feet underneath your buttocks. The other knee is bent. Keep your hands on top of your knees. Now lower the knee that is bent onto the mat and spin on your knee until you are in the opposite direction, bringing the other knee into the bent position. Continue this move - alternatively changing knees and turning from side to side. Keep your shoulders relaxed, the small of your back straight and your toes bent uppermost. Practise until you are able to move in all directions with a smooth rhythm. Then practise the technique with a partner - sometimes techniques should be practised with one of your kneeling and the other standing. Occasionally practise with...
Many of you might hold your breath without being aware. If you do Ki test at this moment, you will know that if you tense your body, your posture is unstable. Let's do another exercise. This time, let's try dead relaxation. Drop your shoulders like when you are disappointed and let your back bend.
Another wrong posture is to tense your body. You might learn this posture at school or at the office known as Ki o tsuke. When you do this, you straighten your back, throw back your shoulders and straighten your arm and leg. This posture is believed to be correct posture. Actually, this is wrong.
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