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Beyond Tanto Randori

by on December 13, 2011

Randori is a great way to hone your skills, but it is a game. The things that happen in randori are often influenced by the rules of the game, and this is often easy to forget. One of the things we want to do in our class is develop different games with different rules in order to develop more well-rounded aikido.

In this video I talk about randori tai-sabaki (body evasion) in particular: how it is influenced by the tanto randori game, and how the concept applies in a different game we play.

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  1. I think you hit the nail on the head with the sword. Irimi. Entry is the key. However this is the case with the tanto and empty hand as well. If you are merely stepping off line you are (usually) not creating connection. Aiki demands you connect centers. The only way to do this is irimi.

    Here is a test you can do to sharpen aiki. For every step you take your partner must take a step (or two) because he has to. If you move and they don’t have to move you are wasting motion.

    Thanks for your insights. Rock on!

    • That’s a good way of talking about connection. I’ll probably be using that in class soon… Thanks!

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