I guest that sums up your answer.
Thanks, this is something I need to ask my judo coach the next time I meet him. BTW FictionPimp, my sparring partner uses a lot of body checks (atemi using his whole body) to prevent me from entering fully. He will use his shoulder/hips to ram me to prevent me from entering fully. Good stuff he is showing me I must say. I truly value the property of atemi.
Originally Posted by FictionPimp
The more I try to do aikido in an alive setting the more I am further from the aikido I know . It looks like, it feels non-aikido.
Originally Posted by Goju-joe
I think if you're getting close enough to your opponent to use underhooks and whatnot you're out of the realm of Aikido. Aikido is ideally meant to be used a little farther away. Think closer than optimal striking distance but farther away than ideal grappling distance. The way I think of the range is if you both put your arms out, your range of attacking should be between your wrists and elbows. Kind of hard to explain without actually showing someone but I'll try and find some pictures later to help illustrate.
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Originally Posted by Isatheprophet