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The following blog has been written purely for those wanting a first hand knowledge of what it is like to step into the dojo for the first time as a complete beginner as a Martial Artist. Through practising a Martial Art, you will gain many things such as self-confidence, self-respect and life-long and good friends. I hope this helps you to see into an amazing world of which you have never seen before and that I have had the privilege of belonging to and knowing.
Although I have not put my name or any name to this blog, it does deserve a dedication- a dedication to those who help people to train, who teach, reassure and most important of all- those who never give up, no matter how many times they hit the ground or a mental brick wall, with themselves or others. But above all- those who are ready to begin their own journey, it begins with one step….

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Chapter 55: Being a good Tanto player- Is it something that is innate inside or can be taught?

This is something I've being wondering about since taking part in my first competition about two years ago. Watching the good tanto players, (the ones who win the gold) it seems that a small part of the battle of being good at tanto is having a good 'fighting' attitude.

The difficulty I find with Randori is what to do once you have hold. I seem to have the idea of breaking balance, and doing technique but seem to lose it a little after that. Whereas others, seem to just have the 'knack' of knowing what works immediately.

I came to think about this after a recent session where I was working with a lower grade who was new to tanto practice, especially full-blown Randori. My first thought was ' do you teach this? Can you teach this? Do you start with tanto avoidence, then technique with no resistance, gradually bluiding up to the point of light Hikkitat? Or do you just let the Aikkidocca do what comes naturally when they first encounter a tanto coming towards them?

I think its a bit of both, you need a good teacher, someone who knows what works but equally I think that you also need a bit of 'fighting' instinct. There is many different ways in which Aikido can both be taught and learned, so for the moment with this in mind, I think I will try to muddle through the best way I can, finding out what works for me.

1 comment:

Zacky Chan said...

Aikido seems as though one of the trickiest martial arts to successfully measure or practice such "fighting spirit". However, I found subtle things, especially ukemi, that seem to have a window to this realistic warrior world. The other night, I was going through ukemi, when one of the senior students revealed that I wasn't rolling far enough away, and wasn't at a proper attention at the end. After I fixed it, I noticed a sharp attention that focused me to be fiercely ready for "a fight" after each roll. It was a pretty cool feeling.

I look forward to more of your revealing posts! I have my own blogsite where I record successes and failures of practicing aikido in Japan. Please feel free to check it out.