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The Use of Resistance in Aikido Training

A new student recently sent me an email asking me if it was appropriate for him to use resistance when training in our dojo. This has been the topic of numerous Aikido forums. The question's been posed to me many times by many students. I've often wished I'd written down the answer so I could just hand it to the next person that asks me. This time I did. Here's the reply I sent him. These comments reflect the culture we try to cultivate here at Budo Dojo. This may not reflect the culture of your local dojo. ___ This is a prickly question with more than one right answer. It's a good question to be asking. In aikido we use the terms nage and uke. Uke generally initiates the attack,nage recei

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