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Guy's Aikido Journal Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-27-2005 12:33 AM
This is a journal of Guys Aiki path
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  #195 New 08-18-2005 01:28 PM
Only three of us showed up for class this morning. One brand new person, me, and one of the yudansha it was a slow class, working in a single group of three. I was hoping to get some work in on my test, but alas it just was not destine to happen this morning. A bit of a let down, but I guess that there are days like that.

One of my biggest frustrations with progressing in rank, is that there begin to be a lot more people of lower rank than you. This sounds strange, I liked it when I first started seemed that everyone knew a lot more than I did and it was incredibly easy to learn from people. You didn't have too root out the lessons in your own practice, you didn't have to work as hard to make big steps. Now I get the same experience when working with my Sempies as I always have, just that now there are a lot fewer of my Sempies than there used to be. I am not doing a very good job of conveying this here. I love training in Aikido, I like teaching, as well as I am able, Aikido to other people. I just see how much more there is for me to learn, and how much of what I know is only partially right. It makes teaching Aikido very frustrating. It makes being the highest ranked person in the room difficult in some ways. I want to be a good helper, but I want to learn too, so I am conflicted, especially when it seems so hard to pry things out of the cracks when looking for them in others, or when working with new people. I know that there are a lot of lessons to be learned there, but they seem extremely difficult to pry out for me right now.

For instance when working with Noel on Tuesday night. I know instantly when I am pulling or pushing him, I can feel it. Same with Victor who will instantly reverse the technique on me when I do it. It can be frustrating, but I know that I am not flowing. Noel will work with me and exaggerate my errors, I see them, and can work on them. When working with new people is it that they have no Ukemi skills, or is my guiding of the energy complete shit???? AHHHHHHHGGGGGGGHHHHH. All I know is that I don't have the skills or the knowledge to know. THIS IS VERY VERY FRUSTRATING RIGHT NOW!!!!

There were things to watch and learn from this morning, both things that the other two people were doing correct and things that I knew could have been better. I worked on some of the things that Noel had worked with me on Tuesday night. However it was hard to really get into anything.

I was kind of disappointed when I entered the Dojo and knew instantly that it was going to be a slow easy going training secession, probably not a whole lot if any focus on what was on my test. I took a deep breath and let my expectations go. It didn't completely cure my problem though.
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#1 08-19-2005 07:10 PM
I understand your dilemma. I have been there too. I guess I feel a little differently than you in one aspect though. I learn more from teaching than learning. When Im teaching someone something I seem to see, feel, hear, and look for something totally different. If you have trained for this long you now know that each persons Aikido is different. Although Kote Gaeshi is one technique, it has many variations. Some people will be better at using energy (which we call professors) and others will be good at technique or strength. I have study many martial arts and Ive noticed a clear difference in Aikido as far as others. Aikido you are training to be a professor, while in other arts you learn techniques and how to do them, and after time you become a professor and learn that technique is all you need. The problem I see with Aikido is thatbecoming a professor (technique master) takes years upon years. This means a person that essentiall gets his black belt is not a master, but yet only beginning the journey towards something further. A black belt in Jujitsu means you have learned the necessary techniques. All the belts afterward are where we learn to become masters of manipulating energy, transitional flowing, and technique mastery. To me Aikido has taken this journey and made it harder to achieve. Why? Because they focus on not pushing and pulling, they focus on never giving up center, but taking it. In all honesty, in dojo practice, this will never be mastered. You have too many ukes that just dont have the intent needed for you to achieve what you need to. Ukemi is great, but you should not depend on your partners Ukemi to make your technique work. Your technique should work on those that know nothing. This is why many MAs have said that Aikido is BS. They say that certain moves can not be done with joe blow, but only to another Aikidoka. I honestly have the fact that many Akido instructors force you to not push and pull your opponent. You are there to manipulate energy and this can be done by playing chess. Move your opponent backward so he wants to move forward, then take that energy and use it to your advantage. I know this may sound bad of me, but I do suggest taking another art to supplement your yearning for knowledge. You want to learn and there's so much more out there, than just Aikido. The more you learn from other arts, can only make you better in Aikido, or better yet, YOUR AIKIDO. I have a saying that I tell my students. You have all the techniques on the outside and in the middle lies our art; Jujitsu. You can add to those techniques and find others from where ever you can, but in the end, the middle, your base, your foundation remains Jujitsu. The same can be for any art. Good luck in your journey. I hope my comment isnt seen as hot air.

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