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erikmenzel's Blog Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 05-11-2004 09:52 AM
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Status: Public
Entries: 45
Comments: 9
Views: 99,590

In General Center Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #45 New 08-30-2017 01:36 PM
I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi.

I walk around, but is it around the center?

I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi.

Where is the center?

I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi. My technique is Hiruko and Aha.

What is the center? Is it the heavenly pillar?

I don't understand about Izanami and Izanagi.
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In General Punching your way out of a paper bag Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #44 New 05-21-2017 09:56 AM
It has been said many times that Aikidoka cannot punch their way out of a paper bag.

So I tried that.
I put my self in a paper bag and tried.
My first attempt didn't work because I wasn't relaxed enough.
My second attempt didn't work either because the paper bag didn't offer a sincere attack
My third attempt didn't work because the bag knew what I was going to do
My fourth attempt...
My fifth ...
My ...

Erik doesn't matter
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In General Smile Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #43 New 03-20-2017 04:38 PM
Just smile.

Erik doesn't matter.
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In General Perfection Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #42 New 03-09-2017 02:25 PM
I have had the good fortune of experiencing nearly perfect Aikido as uke.
This was too long ago, the teachers that showed me that Aikido are no longer alive.

Now there is no-one. There are plenty of interesting things to study with a lot of teachers, but something is missing. I study. I train. But something is not there.

I want to study the techniques that beginners train. No fancy stuff, simple ikkyo, because that simple ikkyo is missing something essential. No fancy stuff, just simple irimi, because that simple irimi isn't like I felt.

Erik doesn't matter
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In General Time Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #41 New 11-14-2016 04:01 PM
Sunday I watches the shodan exam of one of my training partners. It was a nice exam and almost everything went well.

Time is a funny thing. Some things change, that is the natural way things are. I remember seeing the exams of the committee members 10 or 15 years ago and somehow I cannot escape the feeling that the standard at exams has changed. Would the same committee members have passed the current exams? Is that something that is important? And if so, who made it important?

Erik doesn't matter.
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In General Balance Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #40 New 10-11-2016 08:28 AM
Why is it balanced if nage gets his/her way?

Erik doesn't matter.
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In Training How come you can do what you do? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #39 New 09-06-2016 01:53 PM
During class I jokingly tell people that the only difference between an advanced student and a beginner is that advanced students are better in covering up their screw ups. I know this is absolutely not true and I want my fellow students to discover that this isn't true.

Persistence is what shapes the student. Just showing up, putting on your gi and stepping onto the mat is all it takes. Weird part is that for a lot of people this can be the hardest part of Aikido. Still, all the places I have trained had one thing in common: you are welcome whether your last training was yesterday or long ago.

One thing I wonder about, and I know my teachers did the same, is whether everything can be taught independently or whether a certain level experience and physical training is necessary to be able to be taught more advanced stuff. Are shortcuts possible or not. I know there isn't consensus about that among aikido teachers.

I believe that you have to learn to be fluent in your technical repertoire to be able to let go of that technical repertoire and look beyond. I look at aikido the same way I do look at language. Techniques are the aikido equivalent of words. If you don't know the words it will be nearly impossible to write a nice story. So learn the words. The words however aren't a story yet.

How come I cannot do what you do? Because you are learning words. No use being flabbergasted by my story in which the evil stepmother happily lives ever after. Learn the words and ...More Read More
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In General Too many men Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #38 New 08-23-2016 10:10 AM
4 new women turned up for class last night. For the strong men this is a challenge and I always am amazed who enjoys training with as many partners as possible and who just try to stick with their small circle of clunky men.

One of my earliest encounters with technique vs. force was in my second or third year of training. There was a small Japanese (although nationality is completely irrelevant here) lady (small meaning about 140 cm and compared to my 193 cm that is very small). She trained about as long as I did. Of course she didn't use brute force on me, how could she. When we were up to speed I noticed how fast I found the floor every single time. There was a very important lesson I learned that day. I decided that I wanted to study Aikido like she did, small girl's Aikido instead of big strong guy's Aikido.

Looking back I am grateful I had so many different partners to train with in my early years. All the different partners opened my eyes to what I am searching for.

I hope enough of the women will stay to have the same impact on the clunky men I now train with.
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In General Breathing Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #37 New 08-03-2016 01:12 PM
Breath in
Breath out

Erik does not matter.
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In General Relax Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #36 New 07-08-2016 02:22 PM
Last week I had a nice experience. Knowing there were exams at our dojo and I was asked to be uke. Now normally people are paired during the exam so that there isn't a big difference in experience. This was different as there was a huge gap. The person doing the exam is ex-military, unfortunately burdened with PTS which manifests itself in a disruptive fear of hurting someone. Aikido has a very strong impact on his well-being and he has progressed a lot already in trusting himself during aikido. Up till now however, doing exams has been one bridge to far for him.
So here I was, being uke at the exams and the one really important task I had was to make him feel safe. No matter what happened, he had to feel safe. Soft, compliant, happy and friendly. Smiling moving along with whatever he did, and he did well. Halfway through he realized he was doing well, a smile came on his face and he loosened up even more.

Erik doesn't matter
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