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Mike Hamer
07-07-2006, 08:02 PM
Hi, I work at Wendys as some of you may know. Now if you've worked fast food than you know that it's stressfull, busy, and crowded. I apply what I learn in the dojo at work, im not kidding.

Im talking footwork here people. (Tanka? Tankan? sorry) This sidestepping practice is an invaluble tool when trying to wade through the hordes of ticked off co-workers. If you work at fast food.....try it out sometime.

Not to mention keeping my center, and absorbing the stress (not building it up for later) with it.


Aikido really is a new lifestyle for me :)

shadowedge
07-08-2006, 03:12 AM
:) great to hear it works this way for you. :)

I think you should also post in the "you're addicted to aikido when..." thread :p

I sit in front of a PC during work, so I guess I can't apply it the same way.... But but, I do apply this in other situations, like running to the office during heavy rain, during jogging, (at the gym??), abd also when travelling in general....

Aikido is more than just a Martial Art, its a wonderful part of daily life.

SeiserL
07-08-2006, 08:51 AM
Pinciples do generalize to other context.
Compliments.

BTW: are you at Central Michigan University?

Mike Hamer
07-08-2006, 04:53 PM
No Lynn, I just graduated from highschool, havent decided on a college yet.

villrg0a
07-09-2006, 01:04 AM
:) great to hear it works this way for you. :)

I think you should also post in the "you're addicted to aikido when..." thread :p

I sit in front of a PC during work, so I guess I can't apply it the same way.... But but, I do apply this in other situations, like running to the office during heavy rain, during jogging, (at the gym??), abd also when travelling in general....

Aikido is more than just a Martial Art, its a wonderful part of daily life.

But you can. use your body to move the mouse, instead of just your hands. When ejecting a cd try to use your centerline getting it. When using the rollers on the mouse, focus your energy on that point finger. :D

Peace!

shadowedge
07-09-2006, 04:42 AM
But you can. use your body to move the mouse, instead of just your hands. When ejecting a cd try to use your centerline getting it. When using the rollers on the mouse, focus your energy on that point finger. :D

Peace!


Dude!!!! Thanks! I'll give that a try... :D

and Mike, if you're artsy, try working in the animation / film industry.. you'll love it.. hehehhe (and studying film is quite fun)

(just my opinion) :confused:

Robyn Johnson
07-09-2006, 09:52 AM
I don't work the busy fast food, but I do work in a little frozen yogurt shop. I agree with Mikel as there are many great opportunities to work on footwork. I have to Tenkan and sidestep to avoid colliding with other employees behind the counter sometimes. :)

Robyn :)

dps
07-09-2006, 10:17 AM
Try tenkan and irimi while maneuvering in a crowd at a concert or football game or crowded mall at Christmas.

Mike Hamer
07-12-2006, 02:24 PM
hahahaha this is great.

Tomorrow is Aikido again...yahoo!

Bronson
07-13-2006, 01:01 AM
Try extending as you walk through a crowd and get them to move out of the way :D

Bronson

mriehle
07-13-2006, 08:54 AM
Try extending as you walk through a crowd and get them to move out of the way :D


I've done this. When you get it right, it's way cool.

The great thing is the way the few of them who are conscious of what they've done clearly are wondering why they did it, but they don't seem the least bit upset about it. :D

Mark Freeman
07-13-2006, 09:52 AM
I've done this. When you get it right, it's way cool.

The great thing is the way the few of them who are conscious of what they've done clearly are wondering why they did it, but they don't seem the least bit upset about it. :D

It is a cool practice to do, and as you say, nobody minds. There are many opportunities to practice aikido in daily life, it seems such a shame to limit it to the dojo :)

regards,

Mark

Don_Modesto
07-13-2006, 11:20 AM
Try extending as you walk through a crowd and get them to move out of the way :D Bronson

I used to do this walking through the crazy crowded train stations in Tokyo. I developed several little strategies which worked great. Then I tried the same ones in Hong Kong and they failed completely...

Eric Webber
07-14-2006, 07:53 AM
Try extending as you walk through a crowd and get them to move out of the way :D

Bronson

I worked for several years as a treatment counselor in a prison that was direct supervision (all cell doors open up to common area in the center of the block, direct contact with inmates rather than indirectly through sliding barred doors), I would use this method/concept/idea when working on the unit.

Maintaining one's center and projecting from one's center (including footwork, posture - manifestation of psychological attitude through physical attitude, ma-ai, angle of approach and engagement) become very important and helpful when working in a crowded and/or hostile environment. And without a doubt, it works when executed properly.

Mike Hamer
07-18-2006, 10:40 AM
Im so suprised to see that so many people are doing this too. I am now practicing the unbendable arm, and extending Ki, so I will have to try this getting people to move out of the way thing. I work today at 2 so I'll try it, I suppose I'll just try and have the unbendable arm sensation throughout my whole body when moving.

Thanks.

btw, the unbendable arm practice has given me so much more insight into the world of aikido, my last Dojo session was the best so far! (except for the first one, hehehehe)