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Creation Date: 09-20-2004 04:38 PM
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  #11 New 07-15-2005 03:10 AM
In my years of learning Martial Arts I never realized how many techniques I really knew. I've started doing private lessons with a youngster named Kyle madsen.

This kid has no experience what so ever. I am here to mold him and give him his basis in martial arts. Its a heavy load.

I think about things while Im teaching him and I think about martial concepts and how these things would really be put to use on the streets or in combat when necessary.

I think about our classes prior to having them. I think about what I want to teach him and I put things in a mental syllabus for the next day.

Tonight I just couldn't sleep. I sat up in bed thinking about Kaiten Nage and how it can be used when someone is trying to tackle you. I thought about a wrestling technique where you push your opponent to the ground and raise your legs and swing around to their back side, I think about the Guillotine and how it can be used in conjunction with placing your opponent in the guard by jumping on them. All of thse moves just for a tackle.

I get so excited about teaching these techniques that I just cant sleep. My adrenaline pumps and I cant wait to see Kyle learn the moves.

I live for teaching. I think I put too much into my students at times and I hope I dont scare them away with theory and the amount of things I teach. But I look at it like when i was a student. A teacher couldnt teach me fast enough. I could learn a kata overnight, I would learn a new move and mentally practice it at school, find friends to do it on, teach others just so Id have a chance to do the move again, and even when I got older I would do the same things, but at work and at home.

I once told someone that I had been taking martial arts all my life and he said, "Yes, Im a black belt in Karate, its one of the best hobbies Ive ever had."

I was offended. He said "Hobby". This isnt a hobby for me, its a way of life. Thats like calling my religion a hobby. Not to compare the two, but martial arts and religion define who I am.
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#3 07-18-2005 08:47 AM
MM Says:
Thanks for replying. "As you see I have named two things that define who I am. This would make me differ from someone that studies my art and lets it define them." Okay, that helped me to understand your comments. It's so simple though, that I should have seen it. lol. Gives me more to think about. Thanks, Mark
#2 07-17-2005 01:57 AM
Very good points Mark. Sorry i am just figuring out the Aiki Blogs comments section. To me religion and martial arts define who I am and have taught me to be who I am. From the way I walk, to the norms and values I have, to the way I view others, to the way I can walk away from someone taunting me because I have the pride, confidence, and respect for life. "If MAs define people, then I would think that people who study one MA would tend to have similar "definitions" to them. But, people at one dojo in one school of Aikido are so vastly varied that I don't think that's true." As you see I have named two things that define who I am. This would make me differ from someone that studies my art and lets it define them. For if they do not have religion I obviously will vary in some respect. To add to that, someone may let video games define them, school, family, etc. So many things that define who we are. I personally have named two things. I can also look to my past life experiences, the schools Ive attended, the lessons Ive learned from observation of others, etc etc. All things in life virtually define who we are, however with certain things that we take to heart like religion or martial arts, this becomes a forefront of how we act. I do enjoy theories though, and I suppose we could keep going back and forth. It's such a great topic and there are so many ways of looking at things. Thanks, Devon
#1 07-16-2005 08:28 AM
MM Says:
You said: "I was offended. He said "Hobby". This isnt a hobby for me, its a way of life. Thats like calling my religion a hobby. Not to compare the two, but martial arts and religion define who I am." I wonder about that last part. Is it really MA and religion that define a person? Or is it more that a person already has a definition and it is expressed through their choices of MA and religion? If MAs define people, then I would think that people who study one MA would tend to have similar "definitions" to them. But, people at one dojo in one school of Aikido are so vastly varied that I don't think that's true. But, looking at it like people already have a set "defining" character, then using MA and religion would allow them to express that part to the world. But, I'm still trying to reach some conclusions. Thoughts or comments? It's probably like Aikido, a life long study. Thanks, Mark
 




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