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 -
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
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 countered.
Focus should be an overall view of your opponent and not fixed to any one
To be able to read an opponents intentions and react at the correct
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.
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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