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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General best type for aikido? Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #26 New 10-22-2010 12:00 AM
best type for aikido? I'm from the southeast of England. We talk faster there and rush around more than the rest of the UK (although they would probably say aimlessly). Then my family moved to Yorkshire - in the north. I go there when I go back to the UK. I was there in the summer of 2010 (I gave a seminar at the Asoryu Aikido Club in Huddersfield).

There are regional stereotypes about people everywhere. Yorkshire people have the reputation of being direct, down-to-earth, stubborn and very warm and open once you get to know them. I started wondering if the Yorkshire personality was the ideal personality for aikido. Hmm. Direct is good. That's irimi: entering and closing the distance. Down-to-earth? Good too. It has to be real - any pretence or pretentiousness would be the end. Stubborn? Good too! If you're not stubborn and determined you're not going to get very far in any martial art. But there's another side to that. Stubbornness can be a negative thing too - it must never be just hardheaded and obstinate (just read some of the forums…). Warm and open? That's good too - in aikido you have the feeling of welcoming the attacker with a warm "Irasshaimase!" (what they say in Japan when you go into a restaurant). So this is starting to sound like a theory.

Let's try it for different places. A study in the Wall Street Journal had the starting point: "Why were his neighbors in Texas so relaxed, so courteous, so obsessed with sports? Why did New Yorkers seem so tense and inward-focused, often brusque to the point of rudeness?" Relaxed is good! Courteous is great - all that reigi (bowing and etiquette)! Obsessed with sports? Good physical awareness! Tense? Well let's say aware and alert so that's a good thing, right! Inward-focused? Great concentration! Brusque? No wasted time!

So actually this is all a game. There isn't an aikido type. That's the point. Anyone can do it. Well, any human. If you're a Vulcan maybe you should try something else. Aikidoka don't analyze - they do.

Cool Wall Street Journal article on traits by state in the USA with an interactive personality map: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122211987961064719.html

very cool and dramatic photo: huddersfield station by Roger Saunders http://www.flickr.com/photos/39247027@N00/1142176496/ photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/3924702...th/1142176496/ used under creative commons licence with his very kind permission

© niall matthews 2010
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RSS Feed 6 Responses to "best type for aikido?"
#6 08-15-2011 06:40 AM
guest1234567 Says:
I hope nobody does aikido to fight, it is contrary to all the aikido philosophy. But yes we should prepare ourselves to convince people that there are other ways, always.
#5 08-15-2011 04:58 AM
niall Says:
Recently George was talking about British people doing aikido to fight. I don't think he has looked carefully at forum contributions. Tony likes his aikido to be real - so he does Tomiki style. I don't but I respect his choice and it doesn't mean he's training to fight. Just if something does go down he'll be as prepared as he can be. So who are the British people with this fight attitude? Mystery.
#4 11-07-2010 05:03 AM
niall Says:
Right, Carina! That's a very important point.
#3 11-06-2010 04:40 PM
guest1234567 Says:
People in the Canary Island, my country of adoption is open, hospitably, cherfully and friendly. Open and hospitably very good for aikido: entering.. and friendly it is how the aikido is, a martial art but you need an uke to practice, he is not a opponent, so you must treat him friendly .
#2 10-23-2010 04:37 AM
niall Says:
Hi Billy. Thanks for the comment and your nice words! All the best, Niall
#1 10-23-2010 03:57 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall; Great photo, quite recent, always rain clouds over Huddersfield, but we don't mind, we like it anyway. Do I detect some subtle undertones in this blog? Reflections on the last couple of weeks of intolerance! Plenty of rainclouds then, but we don't mind, we like Aikido and Aikidoka even if they are being a bit New York. Yorkshire must suit me and my direct and blunt character. I need to work on being more tolerant and patient. Love your blogs, my Saturday treat. Kindest, Billy

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