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akiy
08-11-2008, 01:09 PM
Hi folks,

So, what is your first memory of your aikido training?

How does thinking about this memory make you feel now?

-- Jun

Demetrio Cereijo
08-11-2008, 02:00 PM
Hi folks,

So, what is your first memory of your aikido training?

Tori: Grab my wrist.
Uke (me) grabs wrist.
Tori: So.... you're a white collar, isn't it?.

How does thinking about this memory make you feel now?
It makes me smile.

James Davis
08-11-2008, 04:37 PM
My first aikido memory is that of a skinny-as-a-rail 12 year old girl putting me on my 20 year old duff with a kote gaeshi.:o

Today, this memory makes me aware of what the kids I teach are capable of. Hopefully, I can help them learn the skills to humble guys like the one I used to be. :D

Stefan Stenudd
08-11-2008, 06:32 PM
It was in 1971, when I was 17. A friend of mine, a couple of years older, had practiced aikido quite intensely - but although he was a teenager, he never bragged about it. I had to drag it out of him, and that intrigued me. It must be something really special, when he was so reluctant to impress me with it.

Aikido was done by very few at that time, and almost nobody knew about it. I sure did not, so I insisted that he showed me something of it. Finally, he accepted, and said to me: "Grab my wrist."
A swift nikyo followed. I fell to the floor, and the pain was distinct, to say the least, but at the same time I was amazed by how easy it had been to him - like magic.
I decided right then and there, on the floor, massaging my wrist, that I had to learn it.

My sentiment is quite the same. I still want to learn it ;)

Angela Dunn
08-11-2008, 06:37 PM
walking into the hall, being handed a gi and getting told to go get changed into that. Finally managed to wrestle self into it walked back in to have to be shown how to do the belt properly . :blush:

After that a feeling of utter confusion as I struggled to get my head around what was happening, a fair few giggles and the feeling of this is so cool whens the next class.

crbateman
08-11-2008, 06:42 PM
My most vivid one was coming in, still in my bull-in-a-china-shop, do-unto-others-and-then-do-unto-them-some-more TKD mindset, and having Sensei insist I use him exclusively as uke, because he was concerned that I was gonna rip off some arms and beat people with them... :D (I've mellowed, if only slightly, since those days...;) )

shadowedge
08-11-2008, 06:47 PM
Oh wow...

Yeah.. it was an awesome sunny day at the park. A bit hot and windy but just right... I remeber eating the grass lots of times.

A very moving memory...hahaha.

xuzen
08-11-2008, 11:07 PM
Hi folks,

So, what is your first memory of your aikido training?

How does thinking about this memory make you feel now?

-- Jun

Wow, dose are pwetty skirt.... me like skirt... me like men in skirt. Me join.

Boon.

Mark Uttech
08-11-2008, 11:25 PM
My first view of aikido was watching a class of 21 students practicing udefuri-choyaku undo ( two step exercise). I felt like I was watching waves on a lake. I knew that moment that I was going to jump in the water and do aikido for the rest of my life.

In gassho,

Mark

eyrie
08-12-2008, 01:32 AM
It was in the early 1980s, when I was still a young'un. A classmate of mine who had done TKD with me, had by then dropped out of TKD, having found something "better". Being young, naive and a bit gung-ho, I did the dumbest thing possible... I said "Show me something"... :p

But unlike Stefan, there was no pain... and as he gently cradled my wrist which was grabbing his shirt, try as I might, I could not do anything... couldn't move, couldn't stand, couldn't release my grip....

I thnk the following Sunday I showed up at the Y where he trained, and after the TKD class, we did some basic ukemi on these really fat and really bouncy gym mats.

Nafis Zahir
08-12-2008, 02:42 AM
Mine is from when I first sat and watched an Aikido class before I joined. I thought to myself, "This is going to be easy. No punches, no kicks. I just have to learn how to roll and the rest will be easy." Of course, I was very wrong!

Bryan Sproles
08-12-2008, 12:52 PM
My first experience was in JuJitsu (hey, at least most of the techniques are the same :rolleyes: ) - a classmate of mine at college said I should come and check it out for myself.

I did a few days later and met my (soon to be) sensei who asked me to grab his wrist so he could "show me what we do here."

I, like Stefan, was the recipient of a nikkajo (so called in his system, nikkyo for the rest of us), and I didn't even have time to think about it. I grabbed, and I was on my knee, hitting the ground with my hand several times before the pain stopped :)

I said, "Wow, I have *GOT* to learn how to do this stuff!" and I was in class the next week for 3.5 years of JuJitsu training.

Now as of about 3 weeks ago, I'm finally back in the martial arts, now in Aikido. It's still basically the same, but somehow different -- and still loads of fun :)

-Bryan

mari
08-12-2008, 01:11 PM
I can’t even remember when I first saw Aikido but I definitely remember what made me decide to switch martial arts. We used to share a dojo with Aikido, so I’ve seen a lot and I was impressed but not nearly as impressed as when I saw the dojo one day with no mats and a guy doing ushiro tobi ukemi on the wooden floors. I kid you not :)
It’s been quite a few years now and I still haven’t tried any breakfalls on wood. But I am thinking about it!

The first memory of actually training – hour and a half of foot work, step to the front, step to the back, step to the side, step to the other side :)

Larry Cuvin
08-12-2008, 01:11 PM
My two daughters and I went in on a Thursday night for a Ki Aikido introduction. My memorable experience was not in the form of an aikido technique but on ki extension. When I was not able to bend my then 12yr old daughters arm, I was amazed, but when asked to lift her not even 90lb body and I couldn't, I was speechless, I could not rationalize what just happened. I was hooked form that point on.

Ryokan
08-12-2008, 06:14 PM
I picked up a copy of George Leonard's The Ultimate Athlete at a garage sale when I was a teenager.

When I got to the part about the guy who fended off muggers just by centering, I was hooked.

James Edwards
08-13-2008, 10:17 AM
I did Aikido as a child for a few months, years before I started training properly.

I remember one of the very first techniques I learnt was simplified nikyo. I had some trouble with it of course but I was still quite amazed how I made my uke go down and I myself felt it as uke. Then there was also a simplified ikkyo and rokkyo. Was hooked while young...

Then in the large gap in between when I didn't do aikido I still read a bit about it and there was one incidence when my friend tried to punch me in the stomach (boys will be boys). For some reason it just felt natural to get out of the way to the side and send him running around me as I used some form of ikkyo. I couldn't make him go down of course since I barely had any training so I sent him crashing into a wall... It made me ask why I couldn't make him go down though and I became even more intrigued.

So when I went to uni one of the first thing I looked for was an aikido club. From there I learnt that aikido is a lot more :)

Tinyboy344
08-13-2008, 12:16 PM
I was born and raised Catholic, first started Aikido for a year when I was 13 so.... it felt weird to bow in at the beginning of the class "why do I have to bow to the photo of the old dude on the wall!?!?"

Mary Eastland
08-14-2008, 09:54 AM
One of my first memories is doing shomen uchi kokyu nage and realizing that I had done it before....this was after about six months of training. ;o)
Mary

RonRagusa
08-14-2008, 01:19 PM
So, what is your first memory of your aikido training?

Showing up a week early for my first class.:confused: :o

Ron

Peter Wong
08-14-2008, 01:52 PM
The first time I saw Aikido was in the early 70's. As I was about to leave the dojo after a Karate class I looked over to the Judo mats and saw a small Japanese man bowing to four much bigger men.
The men charged the Japanese man one after another and they got thrown around one after another. This went on for a couple of minutes. I left the dojo thing WOW ! What I was told about Aikido is true "Aikido is fake". That little guy couldn't do that to four big guys in a real fight. Well it wasn't until about twenty-five years later that I fpund out that that small Japanese man was the late Mitsunari Kanai Sensei. And yes he could do that to four much bigger guys.
If onlly I had not filled my cup so early in life, I could have enjoyed
Aikido longer...

Marc Abrams
08-14-2008, 03:30 PM
I came from "hard" arts and fighting sports. I started training in Aikido with Imaizumi Sensei and thought to myself that nobody was really trying to hit the teacher. After several months, Sensei called me up as an uke for a shomen-uchi attack. I decided to really try and crush his head with a fully committed, balanced attack. The sensation that I had was as if I had jumped off of a three story building onto a trampoline. I flew back for 3-5 feet in the air and hit a padded wall. when the cobwebs cleared from my eyes, I looked up at Sensei who was smiling at me, arms in the Ikkyo-connection position and he said "just go like this" (he moved softly). I am still in Aikido today, still training directly with Imaizumi Sense still trying to "go like this."

Marc Abrams

Amanda
09-04-2008, 02:12 PM
Well my first technique was munatuski kotegaeshi and I could not throw a half way reasonable punch. In the end my instructor made me actually hit him (I strongly suspect this hurt me more than him...).

Janet Rosen
09-04-2008, 09:57 PM
At the end of my first class, about which technique-wise I remember absolutely nothing (but it probably involved suwariwaza shomenuchi ikkyo) my instructor had us stand back to back and the next thing I knew I was being lifted horizontally for a nice relaxing backstretch however since I had no idea that was the intent I panicked and let loose the loudest scream, excuse me, kiai, ever heard.

Eva Antonia
09-05-2008, 06:18 AM
Hello,

my first aikido experience was induced by my biggest son, who had yearned for doing martial arts since he was six, and finally, when he was nearly eight, we found a dojo near to our house. At that time, I din't even know what "aikido" was, but it was listed under "martial arts", so we thougth we give it a try.

I phoned the club if we could come for a trial session, and there was a very old guy who answered profusely and friendly, and when we showed up, we found out he was the teacher.

At that time, I didn't have the least intention to join the club; I had lived 20 years without sports and was happy with it. Then they started, and after some minutes I found myself shyly asking if I could participate, too.

The old, old teacher got attacked by guys twice his size and a third his age, and they did tremendous breakfalls. My son and I thought
a) it's just a show
b) if we ever would have to do similar falls, it would break all our bones.

We saw in the first lesson that it was NOT a show and that the teacher was really able to send a person on the mat with just a slight tip of his finger. We found out much later that doing breakfalls was actually enormous fun and didn't break any bones, but the most overwhelming memory was to see the ease and fluency with which this frail old teacher handled the attackers - and to understand it was the real thing.

Best regards,

Eva
(with a deep reverence to Henri Behr senior of CERIA aikido club)

barry.clemons
09-06-2008, 07:17 AM
Hi folks,

So, what is your first memory of your aikido training?

How does thinking about this memory make you feel now?

-- Jun

hmmmm.....

My first memory of aikido training revolves around major confusion. Even though everyone was very nice to me, and even though I knew I was a beginner, I felt very much like a child. Everything was new. Everything I thought I knew was not applicable (read=wrong), and I need to relearn alot of things.

Thinking about this memory now... I think about that memory all the time. I use that memory to remind myself to empty my cup every day before training.

Enrique Antonio Reyes
09-06-2008, 10:51 AM
Ha ha here's mine...
A senior student asks me to grab his wrist. I did. Tried to apply a technique. I let go. He asks me to grab it again. I did. He tried to apply a technique but I let go of his wrist (again). He asked me not to let go. I said that it's my natural reaction. He then insisted that I shouldn't let go. So I grabbed his wrist and didn't let go. He tried to apply a technique but couldn't break my hold. He asked me to let go...I got confused.

My first memory is confusing :D

Michael Cornelius
09-09-2008, 04:06 PM
"Stacy" and "Kim": Blond. Older than me; I was 17, and a senior in high school. They were roommates, and both worked at the swimsuit boutique at the mall. I had a friend who worked at the shoe store across the way, which allowed me to make excuses to stammer in their general direction. At some point, it came out that they studied "aikido".

I made a special point to get my butt to the library (back then the internet was called "the library") and find out what the heck "aikido" was all about... :o

Oh, you said training memory...

Lying on my back slapping the mat over and over, and thinking, "Well, this isn't too difficult." Why do you ask?

CarrieP
09-12-2008, 12:30 PM
Frustration. Lots and lots of frustration. But I expected that going in.

To paraphrase Kennedy, "We do not choose to go to the dojo because it is easy, we choose to go to the dojo because it is hard."

Thankfully, during and after each class, I could see a tiny, tiny bit of improvement each time. And once I got through my first few months, both the soreness and the mental frustration abated. Didn't go away entirely, but I'm not in danger of crying on the mat anymore. At least, most days.

dalen7
09-12-2008, 01:53 PM
I was wearing a sweat suit and doing a roll... *rip* goes the seams down the crotch of the pants.

Luckily Sensei had a clean pair of white dogi pants he let me use.

Peace

dAlen

p.s.
more recent, my dogi pants started to split while in seiza. (Sounded like a fart was ripped. The kids at the end giggled.)
Looked later and all seemed well - but the seams were loose...next time in seiza - big rip, and I was quick to explain it was indeed the pants and not some rogue fart let loose upon everyone. ;)

Dont know why I have such an issue with pants now that I think about it. :)

dalen7
09-12-2008, 01:59 PM
Another memory is stressing out the 2nd kyu who was teaching me at first, because I just didnt get it. (The language was different as well as Aikido.)

He stayed well away from me until I was able to rank and he knew I finally had a clue about some aspects of Aikido. :)

nice not to cause frustration now due to my slow learning. ;)

Peace

dAlen

p.s.
But along with that came the inspiration to seek out information elsewhere.
Thats how I found you guys here at Aiki web as well as the Aikido 3D software which helped me a lot.
(Some of you guys have had great comments which have gone a long ways, thanks for your time...you know who you are.) :)

dalen7
09-12-2008, 02:03 PM
Ha ha here's mine...
A senior student asks me to grab his wrist. I did. Tried to apply a technique. I let go. He asks me to grab it again. I did. He tried to apply a technique but I let go of his wrist (again). He asked me not to let go. I said that it's my natural reaction. He then insisted that I shouldn't let go. So I grabbed his wrist and didn't let go. He tried to apply a technique but couldn't break my hold. He asked me to let go...I got confused.

My first memory is confusing :D

That is classic! :)
Hey sounds a bit familiar as well. lol

Peace

dAlen

Mark Uttech
09-12-2008, 05:48 PM
Onegaishimasu. So Dalen, the thread is about your first aikido memory. I think you've posted three times now; surely you have discovered beginner's mind! But the thing is, our first aikido memory is what it is. We may remember something else later on, but that something else can't be first.

In gassho,

Mark

dalen7
09-13-2008, 10:04 AM
Onegaishimasu. So Dalen, the thread is about your first aikido memory. I think you've posted three times now; surely you have discovered beginner's mind! But the thing is, our first aikido memory is what it is. We may remember something else later on, but that something else can't be first.

In gassho,

Mark

You have a point for sure Mark - and my apologies going down memory lane. ;)

One memory of the ripped pants came first, but as strong was the one of the 2nd Kyu becoming tired of me not getting the gist of how to move in the beginning. :)

Peace

dAlen

p.s.
One was my right brains first memory, and the other was my left brains. ;)

p.s.s.
Just in case you were serious about being concerned about my 3 post...the third one was replying to someone else.
You know, conversation, being nostalgic together...having fun in the forum. (Didnt take it as a strict, solemn ceremony.) ;)

Aikipad
09-13-2008, 02:55 PM
My first memory of aikido, that takes me back, I was a young boy about 10 and my friend had started aikido (i asked him if it was some kind of magic :) ) I saw all these people flying around the mat, or so it seemed to me and I thought this looked like fun and so I captured by aikido.

I felt happy

CarrieP
09-15-2008, 01:56 PM
Odd about the pants, Dalen, but thanks for sharing.

Though now it's got me seriously wanting to nickname you "Captain Tightpants." ;)

(if you don't get the reference, let me know).