How to Be a Fun and Good Training Partner (plus Other Benefits) Nicky Roosevelt Are there people you train with who are fun to throw?
Who make it seem easy to do the technique? Who give you confidence that you are doing things right? What is different from more difficult experiences? When everything seems kind of heavy? Could it be “flow”? There is a magical feeling when uke responds with perfect sensitivity to everything nage does. It has the characteristics of a magnetic field between two positively charged elements where the movement in one directly affects the other. The more you can hone your ukemi to flow with your partner, the better their Aikido can be and the more you will understand the techniques. There is a lot of satisfaction in those skills. Sensei talks about ukes tossing balls that nage can hit so that they can practice success while maintaining calm, groundedness, and form. What constitutes a good attack? A good toss? That depends who nage is, how long they’ve been training and what they’re working on. New students won’t know how a technique goes to start with, so it might be appropriate to help shap
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