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Creation Date: 05-11-2004 09:52 AM
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  #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 then learn to make stories.

You have to learn a lot before you can actually see that you learned a lot

Erik doesn't matter.
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#1 09-09-2016 03:24 AM
Tim Ruijs Says:
I would agree. Advanced Aikidoka's make smaller mistakes to which you are not sensible enough to notice, let alone act upon. The other aspect is diligence. Regular and rigorous training is key. I always tell my students that the only way to notice your own progress is when new people come to the dojo (or you attend seminars).
 




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