O’Sensei no kuden: tai-no-henko

If you pivot well with your hara, the circle that you describe, truly expressed by the body, in all its purity, will never allow your adversary to reach you.    If he tries to penetrate your “sphere”, he will slide quite simply around its periphery.

– – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda, recorded by André Nocquet Shihan. Published in Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message p.121

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