So often I see martial artists get attached to a technique they think they have. They hold on to it, struggle with it, and often fail because they are too attached to something that is not working.
At KyuRyu we have been playing around with moving through techniques rapidly and been having very good success. Last night we were counting and I was moving through 5-7 techniques in 2 seconds or so. The result was that my uke's nervous system could never adjust to an attack. By the time the system could react I was already attacking another angle and already setting up another one still.
Let's rethink ideas on how techniques work.
What is a technique?
A technique is a connection that causes a balance break, or the structure to alter in a person.
When do we follow a technique to execution?
Only when it melts through the person. Only when it is Aiki. We only follow a technique until after catastrophic failure in the persons balance system occurs. Perhaps a better way to think about it is that we never follow technique to execution. We simply run through a chain of balance breaks and somewhere in the process Uke falls over.
If a technique fails, and it does fail... what do we do?
Do another one. Actually do 4 or 5 more.
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