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A finger holding up dumbbells.

Strength, and upper body strength in particular, in Aikido techniques is pointless and, against a high grade practitioner, futile. The main power in Aikido derives from the legs and channelled through the centre.

Extending the mind can make an arm unbendable, whole and parts of bodies seem incredibly heavy, and postures strangely immovable.

In sports, when you need tension to strike a ball or deal with being tackled, the strength will come from marshalling all your body's muscles together.

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