is a self-defence system, which exploits the inherent weaknesses in an
JOINTS ARE WEAK. No Matter
how much muscle we build up around them they will always remain the
same - weak links.
WAY WE STAND. Again our
whole body is inherently weak in one direction and strong in another.
WAY WE WALK. Walking is a
continual process of loosing and regaining balance. As we lift a foot
to step forward or backward we are momentarily left on the other foot.
This makes us vulnerable and weak in every direction.
MENTAL. To psyche out your opponent can
reveal weaknesses in the mind. Before
you encounter an opponent, if you believe you can be beaten you will
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
WHEN PERFORMING A TECHNIQUE
(CORRECT DISTANCE). When an opponent
attacks, the most important thing is to avoid being struck.
You may not even need to use a technique afterwards.
This initial movement also places you at the correct distance
from your opponent for a successful application of a technique.
To perform any Judo or Aikido technique, first you must disturb your
opponent’s balance but your balance must be good.
This can be physically, mentally, actively or passively.
Be relaxed, balanced, be in a ready state of awareness. Be ready to
move in any direction and at speed.
To perform any technique you must yourself be in control of
your body, otherwise you will risk failing and possibly being
Focus should be an overall view of your opponent and not fixed to any
To be able to read an opponents intentions and react at the correct
To be soft will always overcome hardness. Do not try to
resist a force but blend and move with it. To be soft will
enable you to move more quickly and with precision.
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