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February 2019 / 2 posts found

Aikido in Driving

February 15, 2019 @ 12:45 am
by Flo Li
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It was raining, traffic was light, and the lights by the on-ramp of the freeway had been turned off after the heavy morning commute. I was driving behind a fancy sports car heading down the on-ramp and suddenly the car stops right by the traffic light in front of me leaving me no time to break. Trying to break yet sliding on fresh rain, unable to stop in time, I swerved to the right lane and quickly passed by. No red traffic light, yet the car decided to stop. Somehow my base model CRV got out of the way effortlessly, [...]

Develop a Balanced Body

February 2, 2019 @ 6:48 pm
by Flo Li
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A student asked, "Sensei, does your posture or center line become relaxed or broken when sitting? Is it ok to relax into bad posture?" Answer from Payet Shihan The purpose of training is to develop a balanced body with a strong center line. At first, we work consciously toward this goal by maintaining a balanced state with some tension while using muscles to position and align the spine and the body properly. In the same way when we do our kamae in the beginning when learning aikido, we are stiff as we carefully keep our back and our leg straight to [...]