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Aiki Liu
07-05-2007, 07:46 AM
ok, Seems to me that the same few topics keep coming up on Aikiweb. Nothing wrong with that cos the ones that come up are often the ones that need debating but I propose a single thread to get everyones opinion on the main issues that keep coming up. And, to make it interesting, in as few words as possible.
Here are the rules to this thread!
No debating! Answer the same "questions" in as few words as possible, if you want to discuss, start a new thread. So...
NO criticising here, the idea is to truncate your opinion into as few a words as possible so by "xyz system is pants" we know you dont necessarily find the whole thing rubbish, youre just editing your opinion
I know many of the issues could be debated for days - I want your opinion in a sentence or less! Just try it
No getting mad - opinions here are truncated. If someone says your system sucks, dont moan, just post your own opinion.
You can add new questions if you wish if they are relevant and not too deep.
No questioning the motives of the thread author or asking for definitions. Answer the questions as you see them.
I know some of the answers are obvious!!
If you reply to this thread you must answer the questions!!!!
Lets have fun and just state our opinion in broad strokes!
1) Years in Aikido ; 15
2) Style; Shodokan
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu; Dan
4) Reason you started; 2 Older brothers....
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; Nariyama Shihan
6) Best youve seen on video; Nariyama Shihan
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length; Mike McCavish Sensei
8) Signature Technique; Mae Otishi/Waki Gatame
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; The Best!!!
Yoshinkan; Tough Stuff
Aikikai; Not without charm
Ki Society Impractical
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; Tough but crazy
Shioda; Tough in his day
Tomiki; Innovator
Tohei; Respectable
Seagal; Fantasist. Decent Aikidoka
11) Fighting -
Aiki vs MMA; Aikido loses 99% of the time
Aiki vs Boxer Aikido loses 95% of the time
Aiki vs Muay Thai Lose 70 %
Aiki vs Judo Win 60%
Aiki vs Karate Win 80%
Aiki vs Taekwondo 95%
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are..? For girls
15) "Ki" is? Good body mechanics
16) Competition is? Essential
17) Centre is? Good balance
18) Weapons training is? Non of my concern
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? A good book
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Nothing to do with Aikido
21) "Blending" is ? Using Ukes energy against them
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Many
23) "Aikido" is? A fighting sport

OK, dont agree, disagree - just give your answers in as few words as possible to the same questions,,,,GO!

gdandscompserv
07-05-2007, 07:55 AM
Is this like one of those myspace thingys?

Aiki Liu
07-05-2007, 07:56 AM
Is this like one of those myspace thingys?

You broke the rules already. No questions - JUST ANSWERS!!!!

Joseph Madden
07-05-2007, 08:08 AM
1) Years in Aikido 6 and a half
2) Style; Yoshinkan
3) Grade - shodan going for nidan in Novem
4) Reason you started; I needed too.
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; Chida Shihan
6) Best youve seen on video; Takeno Shihan
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length; Takeshi Kimeda
8) Signature Technique; Aikinage/Hijishime
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; Good
Yoshinkan; The BEST!!!
Aikikai; Not without charm
Ki Society Impractical
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; Tough but crazy
Shioda; Tough in his day
Tomiki; Innovator
Tohei; Respectable
Seagal; Fantasist. Decent Aikidoka
11) Fighting -
Aiki vs MMA; Aikido loses 99% of the time
Aiki vs Boxer Aikido loses 95% of the time
Aiki vs Muay Thai Lose 70 %
Aiki vs Judo Win 60%
Aiki vs Karate Win 75%
Aiki vs Taekwondo 75%
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are..? For senseis
15) "Ki" is? Good body mechanics
16) Competition is? Essential
17) Centre is? Good balance
18) Weapons training is? Imperative
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? A good book
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Nothing to do with Aikido
21) "Blending" is ? Becoming a human revolving door
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Couple
23) "Aikido" is? life

Aiki Liu
07-05-2007, 08:11 AM
Cheers Joseph, great stuff. Whos next?

Paul Sanderson-Cimino
07-05-2007, 08:58 AM
1) Years in Aikido ; 5
2) Style; Yoshokai
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu; Kyu
4) Reason you started; Semi-arbitrary PE class choice (freshman year of college)
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; Takashi Kushida-sensei
6) Best youve seen on video; Couldn't say
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length; Couldn't say (Joel Ward-sensei taught me just about everything; Louis Jumonville-sensei is very, very impressive)
8) Signature Technique; Ikkajo
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; Aliveness = good; interested in learning more
Yoshinkan; Solid
Aikikai; No experience; like Iwama-ryu
Ki Society; No experience
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; Genius, kind of crazy
Shioda; Genius, some questionable qualities
Tomiki; Innovator
Tohei; Impressive
Seagal; Jerk; might have been good in the day
11) Fighting -
Aiki vs MMA; Aikido loses 95% of the time
Aiki vs Boxer Aikido loses 90% of the time
Aiki vs Muay Thai Lose 90 %
Aiki vs Judo Lose 70%
Aiki vs Karate Win 60% (point-sparring karate)
Aiki vs Taekwondo Win 60% (point-sparring TKD)
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are..? Formalwear
15) "Ki" is? A useful term
16) Competition is? Problematic
17) Centre is? Focus on center of gravity
18) Weapons training is? Crucial for context
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? despicable whining
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Important to understanding Ueshiba himself
21) "Blending" is ? Filling the opponent's suki
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? What?
23) "Aikido" is? Budo

Aiki Liu
07-05-2007, 09:02 AM
Great stuff Paul, thanks. Whos next?

Tony Wagstaffe
07-05-2007, 09:09 AM
Yeh why not...

1) Years in Aikido ; 32
2) Style; Shodokan well Tomiki when I started
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu; 4th Dan
4) Reason you started; done other martial arts and fancied it!
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; My students
6) Best youve seen on video; Nariyama Shihan
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length; Mike Sadler, Phil Bird, Ron Wilday, My wife and a few others
8) Signature Technique; Tenkai Kotegaeshi, Sumi otoshi, Gyaku gamae ate
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; The Best!!!
Yoshinkan; Tough Stuff
Aikikai; Too soft in some quarters but charming
Ki Society Impractical
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; Tough but eccentric
Shioda; Tough in his day
Tomiki; Innovator
Tohei; Respectable
Seagal; Fantasist. and too fat.... aikido well he got famous through it but we've never really seen him fight for real
11) Fighting -
Pure Aiki vs MMA; Aikido loses 99% of the time
Pure Aiki vs Boxer Aikido loses 95% of the time
Pure Aiki vs Muay Thai Lose 70 %
Aiki vs Judo Win 60%
Aiki vs Karate Win 80%
Aiki vs Taekwondo 95%
12) Do you have a ponytail? No I'm thin on top so its short!
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No just good in his time
14) Hakama are..? For girls and ok for enbu demo's
15) "Ki" is? Good body mechanics
16) Competition is? Essential if you want champions of the day!
17) Centre is? Good balance
18) Weapons training is? Good as you get older
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? don't wear them (in bed)
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Nothing to do with Aikido
21) "Blending" is ? Using Ukes energy against them
22) No of times I've done Aiki I was proud of? Many but who doesn't cock up?
23) "Aikido" is? A fighting sport and art of self defence

Tony

gdandscompserv
07-05-2007, 09:09 AM
You broke the rules already. No questions - JUST ANSWERS!!!!
Oh yeah....Well, DAMN the rules!
:D
j/k
Here ya go:
1) Years in Aikido ;many
2) Style; mine
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu; Dan
4) Reason you started; Difficult to answer.
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; Iwao Yamaguchi sensei.
6) Best youve seen on video; Christian Tissier puts on a good show.
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length; Iwao Yamaguchi sensei.
8) Signature Technique; Blocking fist with face.
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; Shouldn't it be spelled Shotokan?;)
Yoshinkan; Japanese Police study this style I think.
Aikikai; Lovely organization.
Ki Society Probably a wonderful society.
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; Cool
Shioda; Early uchideshi
Tomiki; Founder of Shodokan
Tohei; Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido
Steven Seagal; Above The Law is one of my favorite movies.
11) Fighting -
Aiki vs MMA; pass
Aiki vs Boxer pass
Aiki vs Muay Thai pass
Aiki vs Judo pass
Aiki vs Karate pass
Aiki vs Taekwondo pass
12) Do you have a ponytail? Weird question. No, but I have a beard.
13) Was Ueshiba magical? YES!
14) Hakama are..? Expensive
15) "Ki" is? Good
16) Competition is? Highly over-rated
17) Centre is? Is
18) Weapons training is? Good
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? A good look
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Interesting
21) "Blending" is ? Good
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Never
23) "Aikido" is? A way of life

Aiki Liu
07-05-2007, 09:14 AM
Brilliant Tony, thanks.
PS I was going to mail you privately but never got round to it. I thought your article on competition, real training and aiki was absolutely superb and summed up my feelings exactly. Cheers. When Im back in UK ill look up your dojo!

Aiki Liu
07-05-2007, 09:15 AM
Ha ha, thanks Ricky, superb stuff - how much do Hakama cost these days?

Tony Wagstaffe
07-05-2007, 10:17 AM
Brilliant Tony, thanks.
PS I was going to mail you privately but never got round to it. I thought your article on competition, real training and aiki was absolutely superb and summed up my feelings exactly. Cheers. When Im back in UK ill look up your dojo!

James,
Are you refering to aikido journal submitted blogs?
If so.... thanks.
Felt it needed to be said .... but then that's my opinion...
feel free to email when you like....
Tony

Nafis Zahir
07-05-2007, 10:43 AM
1) Years in Aikido ; 13
2) Style; Chiba Sensei
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu; Dan
4) Reason you started; Suggestion
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; Chiba Sensei
6) Best youve seen on video; Nishio Sensei
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length; George Lyons Sensei
8) Signature Technique;Kotagaeshi
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; Not Sure
Yoshinkan; Rigid
Aikikai; Okay
Ki Society: Too much skipping
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; The One
Shioda; I respect him as an Aikidoist
Tomiki; Outside the Loop
Tohei; Respectable
Seagal; Once Great & Excellent Tall Practitioner
11) Fighting -
Aiki vs MMA; Aikido wins 75% of the time
Aiki vs Boxer Aikido lwins 95% of the time
Aiki vs Muay Thai Lose 70 %
Aiki vs Judo Win 75%
Aiki vs Karate Win 90%
Aiki vs Taekwondo 95%
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are..? For Samurai
15) "Ki" is? Good energy extension
16) Competition is? A Joke
17) Centre is? Good balance & control
18) Weapons training is? Essential
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? No comment
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Nothing to do with Aikido
21) "Blending" is ? Using Ukes energy for them
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Few
23) "Aikido" is? A true Budo

Karen Wolek
07-05-2007, 10:54 AM
1) Years in Aikido ; 5
2) Style; USAF/Aikikai
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu; 1st Kyu
4) Reason you started; I don't know, I needed it
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; Shibata Sensei
6) Best youve seen on video; OSensei
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length; Bob Wilcox Sensei and Harvey Konigsberg Sensei
8) Signature Technique; Iriminage
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; dunno
Yoshinkan; fun
Aikikai; awesome
Ki Society dunno
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; grateful
Shioda; dunno
Tomiki; dunno
Tohei; dunno
Seagal; don't care
11) Fighting -
Aiki vs MMA; pass
Aiki vs Boxer pass
Aiki vs Muay Thai pass
Aiki vs Judo pass
Aiki vs Karate pass
Aiki vs Taekwondo pass
12) Do you have a ponytail? yes
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are..? cool looking but hot in summer, or so I hear
15) "Ki" is? energy
16) Competition is? human nature
17) Centre is? low
18) Weapons training is? sometimes fun, sometimes boring
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? an entertaining book
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? a religion
21) "Blending" is ? not clashing
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? dunno
23) "Aikido" is? my passion and obsession

Shipley
07-05-2007, 01:47 PM
1) Years in Aikido ; 15
2) Style; Kannagara jinja aikido
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu; Dan
4) Reason you started; Girlfriend's brother
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; Koichi Barrish sensei
6) Best youve seen on video; Ikeda sensei
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length; Gary Barnett sensei
8) Signature Technique; yokomen uchi shiho-nage ura
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; Best beginner's kata ever (junanahon)
Yoshinkan; Small circles, practical, good fun
Aikikai; Ranges dramatically, oddly enough
Ki Society Insular
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; Visionary
Shioda; Tough, boundless energy
Tomiki; Brilliant, brought aikido to the university culture
Tohei; Incredible aikido, odd chap (limited experience, potentially poorly informed opinion)
Seagal; Did more to promote aikido than anybody without the last name Ueshiba. Odd chap. Good aikido.
11) Fighting - I find these pointless, so I'll refrain from comment

12) Do you have a ponytail? Nope
13) Was Ueshiba magical? By the Potter definition, no
14) Hakama are..? Freaking hot in July
15) "Ki" is? At this stage I'd say good body mechanics. I'm open for revisiting this.
16) Competition is? Part of human nature
17) Centre is? Good body awareness
18) Weapons training is? A great tool for body alignment, extension, and ma-ai
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? A book I haven't read
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Complementary to aikido, but not required to do aikido in any way.
21) "Blending" is ? Meeting uke's intent, and directing it.
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Many, and regularly I remember those moments and laugh at myself.
23) "Aikido" is? A lot of really cool things

Patrick
07-05-2007, 08:23 PM
1) Years in Aikido : 4 years 3 months
2) Style: Fugakukai
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu: Dan
4) Reason you started: Seagal
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person: Karl Geis
6) Best youve seen on video: Kyuzo Mifune
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length: Henry Copeland
8) Signature Technique: Shomen Ate
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan: The Best!!!
Yoshinkan: Tough Stuff
Aikikai: Not without charm
Ki Society: You can if you want to
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba: Tough but crazy
Shioda: Tough in his day
Tomiki: Innovator
Tohei: Respectable
Seagal: He's ok
11) Fighting -
Aiki vs MMA: Aikido loses 99% of the time
Aiki vs Boxer: Aikido loses 95% of the time
Aiki vs Muay: Thai Lose 70 %
Aiki vs Judo: Win 60%
Aiki vs Karate: Win 80%
Aiki vs Taekwondo: 95%
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are..? For other people
15) "Ki" is? Good body mechanics
16) Competition is? Fun sometimes
17) Centre is? Good balance
18) Weapons training is? Part of what makes Aikido fun
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? A good book
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Nothing to do with Aikido
21) "Blending" is ? Using Ukes energy against them
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Several
23) "Aikido" is? Fun

Roman Kremianski
07-05-2007, 10:01 PM
Sorry for breaking the rules here, but can someone post me the link to that awesome Aikido vs Style percentage generator??

ChrisHein
07-05-2007, 10:13 PM
1) Years in Aikido : 9 years
2) Style: Chu Shin Tani
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu: Dan
4) Reason you started: Magical magicness
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person: Richard Moon.
6) Best youve seen on video: Reggie Bush
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length: Patrick Cassidy
8) Signature Technique: Some Koshi technique
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan: One of the best Ideas for Aikido.
Yoshinkan: Aikido
Aikikai: The guys who gave me this paper I have on the wall.
Ki Society: Largely misunderstood, and pretty great.
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba: Smart old fella'
Shioda: Tries hard to look like Ueshiba.
Tomiki: Smart guy.
Tohei: One of the Great Aikidoka.
Seagal: I can think of lots of people who should be on this list first. But I think Seagal is a great Aikidoka.
11) Fighting -
Aiki vs MMA: Aikidoka should be armd, they'd win 80-90% of the time.
Aiki vs Boxer: Aikidoka should be armed, they'd win 80-90% of the time.
Aiki vs Muay: Aikidoka should be armed, they'd win 80-90% of the time.
Aiki vs Judo: Aikidoka should be armed, they'd win 80-90% of the time.
Aiki vs Karate: Aikidoka should be armed, they'd win 80-90% of the time.
Aiki vs Taekwondo: Aikidoka should be armed, they'd win 80-90% of the time.
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? Yes
14) Hakama are..? Part of Aikido
15) "Ki" is? Simpler then businessmen and dungeon masters would like you to believe.
16) Competition is? Not part of my Aikido.
17) Centre is? Center-it's a word, look it up.
18) Weapons training is? What Aikido's techniqual syllabus is all about.
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? Something I haven't read.
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Some religious business.
21) "Blending" is ? A word, look it up.
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Several
23) "Aikido" is? Answer this one for yourself.

Paulo Barreto
07-06-2007, 03:46 AM
1) Years in Aikido : 3 years
2) Style: Iwama
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu: Dan
4) Reason you started: Friend took me to watch a class.
5) Best Aiki you've seen in person: Tristão Sensei.
6) Best you've seen on video: Morihiro Saito Sihan.
7) Best aikidoka you've trained with at length: Croca Sensei
8) Signature Technique: Don't have one
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan: Never tried it.
Yoshinkan: Never tried it.
Aikikai: Wide range of styles and philosophies.
Ki Society: Seems interesting. No dojos around here.
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba: Pure Genius
Shioda: Tough Guy, nice demos.
Tomiki: No comments.
Tohei: Interesting ideas.
Seagal: Good showman.
11) Fighting - No comments.
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are..? Stylish
15) "Ki" is? Still trying to figure that one out.
16) Competition is? Not part of my Aikido.
17) Centre is? Hara.
18) Weapons training is? Essential.
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? No clue.
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Part of O'Sensei's life history.
21) "Blending" is ? Something i need to work on.
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Proud? None yet, still in the basics.
23) "Aikido" is? Masakatsu Agatsu.

mickeygelum
07-06-2007, 04:30 AM
1) Years in Aikido ............................almost 31
2) Style.......................................... Shodokan
3) Grade .........................................Dan
4) Reason you started.......................Enhance my Karate
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person......Nariyama Shihan
6) Best youve seen on video..............John Cameron Shihan
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length..Merritt Stevens Shihan
8) Signature Technique............Kote Gaeshi/Kote Hineri
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan..................Street tested, Cop approved
Yoshinkan.................Shodokan's Cousin
Aikikai.......................Quantum Mechanics of Ukemi
Ki Society..................Has it's merits
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba.....................Paradoxical
Shioda.......................Hard technician
Tomiki........................Tactically efficient
Tohei..........................Commands Respect
Seagal........................WHO?
11) Fighting ................Not worth Indulging
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are............MaintainingTradition and Formality
15) "Ki" is?...................Thought to be mystical, but proven through physics
16) Competition is?...... Put Up or Shut Up
17) Centre is?...............Taisabaki
18) Weapons training is? Tradition, but modernly applicable
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? A book...My gi
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Nothing to do with Aikido
21) "Blending" is ?.......effortless, exquisite technique
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Twice that may have saved my life: many times that saved someone else
23) "Aikido" is? .......What you want it to be...no more, no less!

xuzen
07-06-2007, 07:49 AM
1) Years in Aikido ; 11
2) Style; currently Yoshinkan, formerly aikikai and shodokan
3) Grade - Yudansha
4) Reason you started: hakama fetish (but don't wear one now...get in the way during a good Dojo Brawl)
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; my adjutant teacher (sandan guy)
6) Best youve seen on video; Shioda, Lee Ah Loi, Mustard, Nariyama
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length; My teachers
8) Signature Technique; Shomen-ate, Ushiro-ate
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; Physical Education for high school kids
Yoshinkan; more Jujutsu' esque
Aikikai; AIKI-FAIRY
Ki Society Qi-Gong anyone?
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; Good Budoka
Shioda; Thug
Tomiki; Learned person
Tohei; Respectable
Seagal; Slimming Drug's primary customer
11) Fighting -
No opinion
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are..? piece of cloth that gets in the way of a good Dojo Brawl
15) "Ki" is? breath
16) Competition is? optional
17) Centre is? Good balance
18) Weapons training is? good
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? a comical book
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Nothing to do with Aikido
21) "Blending" is ? Using Ukes energy against them
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? most of the time
23) "Aikido" is? Budo

Boon

philippe willaume
07-06-2007, 11:54 AM
1) Years in Aikido ............................6-7 years
2) Style.......................................... institute of aikido
3) Grade .........................................Dan
4) Reason you started......................liked the idea of minimum output for maximum pain
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person......sensei Obata, Lee, Forster, Smith (bill and Philip), Burlingham, Cottier Timms, Moss (M&Ms)

6) Best youve seen on video..............video are only anecdotic.
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length: William Timms,
8) Signature Technique............none
9) Opinions on -
A little bit like horse breed, more than the breed it is the individual horse that really matter.

10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba.....................: very smart guy
Shioda.......................: well Hard
Tomiki........................: innovative
Tohei.........................: Rational understanding of ki
Seagal.......................: better akidoka than actor.
11) Fighting ................aikido has all the answers but see 9 for more details

12) Do you have a ponytail? No, but I used to
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are............a pain to fold when in a hurry
15) "Ki" is?................... easily explained by biomechanics and Newtonian physics ( kiatron may exist at sub atomic level so quantum physics still has a chance)

16) Competition is?...... useful but not an end as such
17) Centre is?...............in the middle

18) Weapons training is? A good way to understand technics origin and intricaies as well as timing, distance and safe entry without breaking people too much.

19) Angry White Pyjamas is? A book on how modern society expectations are not in sink with reality

20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? One of the opiates of the masses
21) "Blending" is ?.......a sumary of what Napoleon. ie said never interrupt your opponent when he is making a mistake.

22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Most of the time I train, but I am a happy man and I do have a high opinion of myself.

23) "Aikido" is? ....... Martial arts

gi_james
07-07-2007, 02:14 AM
1) Years in Aikido: < 1 (2 weeks)
2) Style; Aikikai
3) Grade - uhh... just started
4) Reason you started: Needed a change physically & spiritually
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; my 71 year old Sensei
6) Best youve seen on video: ?? not sure ??
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length: refer to #5
8) Signature Technique; none yet
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; no opinion
Yoshinkan; no opinion
Aikikai: that's me!
Ki Society no opinion
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; no opinion
Shioda; no opinion
Tomiki; no opinion
Tohei;no opinion
Seagal; seems like a good guy
11) Fighting -
Aiki vs MMA;
Aiki vs Boxer
Aiki vs Muay Thai
Aiki vs Judo
Aiki vs Karate
Aiki vs Taekwondo
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are..? cool... but I don't get one yet...
15) "Ki" is? your energy within
16) Competition is? for Tae Kwan do
17) Centre is? 2 inches below belly button
18) Weapons training is? hard
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? don't know
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? don't know
21) "Blending" is ? somthing I need to learn
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? 1; my 1st day!!!
23) "Aikido" is? my new way of life!!!

-James Strickland
Misawa Japan
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L. Camejo
07-07-2007, 07:15 PM
This looks like fun. :)

1) Years in Aikido ; 12
2) Style; Shodokan
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu; Dan
4) Reason you started; Needed to learn to not injure ppl.
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person; Shishida Shihan
6) Best youve seen on video; Nariyama Shihan, Ueshiba M.
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length; My first Sensei and Shishida Shihan
8) Signature Technique; Aigamae ate, Kotegaeshi, Gedan Ate, Hiki Otoshi
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; The Best but can be better.
Yoshinkan; Solid structural technique, could be more fluid
Aikikai; Powerful and practical under the right teachers, airy-fairy otherwise
Ki Society: Would be nice if they could expresse their ki concepts through solid, effective waza.
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; Very skilled martial artist, poor martial arts teacher
Shioda; Powerful and tough.
Tomiki; Terribly misunderstood Visionary and Innovator
Tohei; Helped de-mystify ki, could have better physical waza
Seagal; Big mouth, can't back it up. Ask Gene Lebell. :)
11) Fighting - If you're "fighting" you're not doing Aikido. When you get it there is no "fight."
12) Do you have a ponytail? No.
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No.
14) Hakama are..? Ok for enbu demo's and look nice.
15) "Ki" is? Integration of the total self.
16) Competition is? Important for development and measurement of actual skill. A way of escaping the illusions that can result from collaboration.
17) Centre is? The core structures of the human body as coordinated by a clear, centred mind.
18) Weapons training is? Important for power generation, mindset, posture and other critical aspects of Aikido.
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? A book I heard about.
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Part of the what influenced the philosophy of Ueshiba M.'s Aikido.
21) "Blending" is? Motion and energy perfectly fitting motion and energy.
22) No of times I've done Aiki I was proud of? Often enough to remember them.
23) "Aikido" is? A method that uses a study of violence and conflict in order to transcend the desire for violence and conflict.

LC:ai::ki:

Neal Earhart
07-07-2007, 09:17 PM
1) Years in Aikido; 19
2) Style; Aikikai
3) Grade - Dan or Kyu; Dan
4) Reason you started; Reading 'Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere'
5) Best Aiki you've seen in person; Yamada Shihan, Sugano Shihan
6) Best you've seen on video; Yamada Shihan
7) Best aikidoka you've trained with at length; Donovan Waite
8) Signature Technique; Sumiotoshi
9) Opinions on -
Shodokan; No comment
Yoshinkan; No comment
Aikikai; The 'style' I practice
Ki Society; No comment
10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba; The Founder and a brute ...
Shioda; Good hard Aikido
Tomiki; No comment
Tohei; Ki
Seagal; Bad hair
11) Fighting -
Aiki vs MMA; Who cares...only the MMA guys
Aiki vs Boxer; Who cares...only the guys who box
Aiki vs Muay Thai; Who cares...only the Muay Thai guys
Aiki vs Judo; Who cares...only the Judo guys
Aiki vs Karate; Who cares...only the Karate guys
Aiki vs Taekwondo; Who cares...only the Taekwondo guys
12) Do you have a ponytail? No
13) Was Ueshiba magical? No
14) Hakama are..? For Yudansha
15) "Ki" is? Body mechanics / physics
16) Competition is? Not necessary
17) Center is? Control
18) Weapons training is? For those who like weapons training
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? A good read
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? Nothing to do with Aikido
21) "Blending" is ? Making a good frozen Margarita
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? Numerous times...but not enough
23) "Aikido" is? The Way of Harmony

Mary Eastland
07-08-2007, 05:24 AM
1) Years in Aikido ............................20 years
2) Style.......................................... Berkshire Hills Aikido
3) Grade .........................................Dan
4) Reason you started......................the cute guys
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person......Mary M.

6) Best youve seen on video..............I don't watch em.
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length: Ron Ragusa
9) Signature Technique............depends on the day


10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba.....................: thank the goddess for him
Shioda.......................: don't know
Tomiki........................: interesting
Tohei.........................: helps to understand co-ordination of mind and body
Seagal.......................: runs kind of weirdly
11) Fighting ................I like to watch it on TV
12) Do you have a ponytail? no
13) Was Ueshiba magical? Yes, all humans are...;o)
14) Hakama are............fun
15) "Ki" is?................... everywhere....it is the connection
16) Competition is?...... good for others...not for me
17) Centre is?...............continious and returning
18) Weapons training is? fun and essential
19) Angry White Pyjamas is? could not get into it
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is? not for me
21) "Blending" is ?.......everything
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of? proud.....? not a word I would use....fun maybe....I live it not use it.

23) "Aikido" is? ....... the BEST.

Mary
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jennifer paige smith
07-08-2007, 11:59 AM
1) Years in Aikido ............................Born for Budo
2) Style.......................................... still trying to get some
3) Grade .........................................passed high school, barely.
4) Reason you started...................... got lost while looking for a cheeseburger.
5) Best Aiki youve seen in person......The Pacific Ocean.

6) Best youve seen on video..............Rell Sunn
7) Best aikidoka youve trained with at length: Width
9) Signature Technique............Right hand scribbling

10) Opinions on -
Ueshiba.....................: he didn't ask my opinion
Shioda.......................: see above
Tomiki........................: O'Sensei loved him
Tohei.........................: Hawaii!!!!! I love Hawaii!!!!!
Seagal.......................: Used to be known as Steven Segal.
11) Fighting ................ yes,opinions often lead to fights
12) Do you have a ponytail? I'd call it a horsestail at this point
13) Was Ueshiba magical? 5 meets 5
14) Hakama are............as in,howa comea I gotta wear this thing?
15) "Ki" is?................... the thing that unlocks doors
16) Competition is?...... mis-conception
17) Centre is?...............spelled without an e in America
18) Weapons training is?......weapons are so hard to train
19) Angry White Pyjamas is?....a load of laundry I need to change
20) Omoto Kyo/Shinto is?........ a great source of pottery
21) "Blending" is ?.......the alternative to "over-ice"
22) No of times Ive done Aiki I was proud of?.....Sorry, I can't hear you. My pride is too loud.

23) "Aikido" is? ....... Aikido is.