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Creation Date: 06-08-2009 01:55 PM
Linda Eskin
My path to and through Aikido. Observations on Aikido, fitness, happiness, horses, & life, by a 53 y/o sho-dan.

This same blog (with photos and a few additional trivial posts, but without comments) can be found at www.grabmywrist.com.

I train with Dave Goldberg Sensei, at Aikido of San Diego.
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In Off The Mat Aikido Things Your Sensei Says? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #116 New 02-11-2011 11:18 PM
Someone on Facebook recently asked what your sensei says regularly that sticks in your mind & helps inform your Aikido or other Martial Arts practice mentally, physically, or spiritually?

I actually misinterpreted the question as asking about things Sensei says about Aikido that inform my life outside the dojo. Off-the-mat Aikido. Here are the things (not his actual words, of course) that came to mind, plus a few more, that stick with me:
  • Constant reminders to settle, check our own posture and alignment. Be in integrity with ourselves.
  • Attend to doing what we are doing as well as we can, not to trying to make it affect our partner.
  • Notice where we are, and where we are going. Being aware of these things is what allows opportunities for positive transitions to arise.
  • Keep our eyes up and see the big picture. Don't focus attention on the attack.
  • Work with others at their level. Help them be safe, and don't pile on information or levels of detail or finesse they are not yet able to understand.
  • It's not about having a soft or a hard style. It's about being appropriate to the situation.
  • If you operate at the mind-based level of planning each action based on if-then decisions leading to codified responses, you won't experience freedom in your actions, and you will always be limited in what you can achieve.
  • And one that I heard for the first time in tonight's class, that seems to fit here: If your attacker wants to retreat, build them a golden bridge on which to get away.
Important lessons for every aspect of life.
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RSS Feed 6 Responses to "Things Your Sensei Says?"
#6 02-16-2011 03:29 AM
guest1234567 Says:
A very interesting point Daisy and very thoughtful, yes keep your daily life outside tatami, but bring what you learn in aikido into your daily life
#5 02-15-2011 05:53 PM
Daisy Luu Says:
"Bring them down to your level" (for a shorty like me). "Use your hips." "When you're in the moment, the moment is all there is." "Come to training with any empty cup; the world outside should stay outside." It's interesting to consider that we should not bring the outside world into our aikido, but that we should strive to bring the teachings in aikido to the outside world.
#4 02-14-2011 09:05 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
LOL! Yes, I could use a giant banner, too! I've thought of writing a few key points on my hand before a test: Breathe! Open! Connect! etc.
#3 02-13-2011 08:06 AM
GMaroda Says:
I'd be happy with a giant banner that says things like "bend your knees, keep your back straight, turn your hips."
#2 02-12-2011 04:25 AM
niall Says:
Very nice, Linda. I like that last one!
#1 02-12-2011 01:50 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Very good points Linda, I would add one we had in last class, there may be more but this one impressed me: not to fight against your uke/s, keep relaxed and control them, we did an exercise and it works I thought that it is also good to apply it in daily life.

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