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Cathe Young
08-11-2011, 11:01 AM
Hi,
It amazes me that television has many reality shows based on many different interests, dance, dating, hoarding, other addictions, yet there are none in Aikido.

I am proud to be in a discipline that is harmonious, free, uplifting, and not based on drama. So, I am glad a reality show producer hasn't looked our way.

Then again, broadcasting, peace, harmony, and blending? Now, doing which we don't see on TV might hold an audience.

;)

dapidmini
08-11-2011, 11:55 AM
I thought I saw Gozo Sensei appear in a game show where he demonstrates aikido.. and the show host also got a chance taking ukemi from him. this is the video I think www.youtube.com/watch?v=A80JowaLZWw I don't understand everything they say though..

Linda Eskin
08-11-2011, 12:31 PM
Wow, David! That video is just surreal, in the giraffe in a bathtub with brightly-colored machine tools sense. LOL. Great find!

Linda Eskin
08-11-2011, 12:33 PM
Cathe - You have a great point. Aikido would be a flop on TV. I saw some of the first season of Fear Factor, and it was really cool. Participants cheering each other on, facing fears of heights, taking on cool challenges, etc. I guess it didn't get good ratings, though, and quickly morphed into mean-spirited backstabbing, and seeing who could eat the most disgusting things. Bleh.

Richard Stevens
08-11-2011, 01:10 PM
They're filming a new season of Fear Factor as we speak.

Eric in Denver
08-11-2011, 01:31 PM
Cathe - You have a great point. Aikido would be a flop on TV.

As proven by Steven Seagal Lawman.

lbb
08-11-2011, 02:02 PM
Where there are humans, there is drama.

Cathe Young
08-11-2011, 02:21 PM
What's with the plushies in the background?

chillzATL
08-11-2011, 02:59 PM
Aikido would be a flop on TV.

+2 to pun

dps
08-11-2011, 03:15 PM
... I saw some of the first season of Fear Factor, and it was really cool. Participants cheering each other on, facing fears of heights, taking on cool challenges, etc. I guess it didn't get good ratings, though, and quickly morphed into mean-spirited backstabbing, and seeing who could eat the most disgusting things. Bleh.

I don't know, it kind of sounds like some of the threads on Aikiweb.

dps

dapidmini
08-11-2011, 11:42 PM
I found that video from other thread in aikiweb.. the credit goes to him. unfortunately I don't remember where and who posted it.

btw, what does +1 or +2 mean in aikiweb? I don't see any reputation mark anywhere...

Linda Eskin
08-12-2011, 01:28 AM
... btw, what does +1 or +2 mean in aikiweb? I don't see any reputation mark anywhere...

I don't think it has any particular meaning on AikiWeb. I think he was just using it in the general general sense, like "+1 for using plushies in a sentence."

gates
08-12-2011, 04:00 AM
Reading some of the threads here on Aikiweb is dramatic enough for me.

Janet Rosen
08-12-2011, 02:01 PM
I thought I saw Gozo Sensei appear in a game show where he demonstrates aikido.. and the show host also got a chance taking ukemi from him. this is the video I think www.youtube.com/watch?v=A80JowaLZWw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A80JowaLZWw) I don't understand everything they say though..

I guess we should rename the art Aikoido. :D

genin
08-12-2011, 02:53 PM
The genre would be "martial arts reality shows". And it has been done. About four or five years ago there was a really lame show which pitted various types of martial artists together for "sparring" matches. I recall it embodying everything martial arts is NOT about, so I never really watched it.

amoeba
08-16-2011, 07:18 AM
Oh, I'm quite sure all there's more than enough romance, drama, humour, suspense and (especially) politics, if mostly beside the mat. At least the aikido community I know is not that "harmonious, free, uplifting, and not based on drama" - really, no. Hey, we're all human... so there's love, hate, personal feuds, just about anything you get with a large group of people (especially if they're all in one place for a camp!)

And btw, I don't believe there are any Krav Maga, Parachute jumping or Salsa dancing reality shows either (although I might be wrong with some of those), so I really don't believe it's a matter of "the spirit of aikido" - it's just neither common enough nor spectacular/exotic enough to be interesting to the viewers, really!

jlbrewer
08-19-2011, 03:28 PM
Is it weird that I was reading about the show Who Wants To Be A Superhero (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero) and imagining what a comic book hero who did Aikido would be like?

The show was pretty campy, but you actually got dinged for typical reality show scumbag tactics; it's a show about heroes after all. I imagined a character who had psychic empathy for other people's pain, and as part of her training studied aikido both to controll her reactions and to deal with bad guys in ways that would cause both them and herself the least pain.

tarik
08-24-2011, 10:20 AM
Reading some of the threads here on Aikiweb is dramatic enough for me.

One might argue that aikiweb (and formerly aikido-l) are aikido's version of a reality show.

Regards,

Mark Freeman
08-24-2011, 11:04 AM
Is it weird that I was reading about the show Who Wants To Be A Superhero (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero) and imagining what a comic book hero who did Aikido would be like?

The show was pretty campy, but you actually got dinged for typical reality show scumbag tactics; it's a show about heroes after all. I imagined a character who had psychic empathy for other people's pain, and as part of her training studied aikido both to controll her reactions and to deal with bad guys in ways that would cause both them and herself the least pain.

One of my favourite poets recently created a super-hero Empath Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkUGS2Hj1i0

worth a watch :)

Richard Stevens
08-24-2011, 02:11 PM
The genre would be "martial arts reality shows". And it has been done. About four or five years ago there was a really lame show which pitted various types of martial artists together for "sparring" matches. I recall it embodying everything martial arts is NOT about, so I never really watched it.

Fight Quest and Human Weapon weren't exactly reality shows, more documentary, but I found them pretty entertaining, despite the inaccuracy of some of their "facts".

Both shows went to Israel to experience Krav Maga, which were great episodes.

In an episode of Human Weapon the hosts learned "Ninjutsu" and sparred with a couple of Hatsumi's 15th dans and essentially beat them both, if I recall correctly. I found it particularly entertaining.

The hosts from Fight Quest headed to Brazil to learn BJJ and one of the hosts was completely manhandled by Kyra Gracie.

aikilouis
08-24-2011, 03:27 PM
I know Empath Man's secret identity ! He even posts on Aikiweb !

ronin67
08-30-2011, 01:40 AM
I thought I saw Gozo Sensei appear in a game show where he demonstrates aikido.. and the show host also got a chance taking ukemi from him. this is the video I think www.youtube.com/watch?v=A80JowaLZWw I don't understand everything they say though..

Thanks for sharing. Very good video. That is a pretty old video. From my guess it looks like late 80's early 90's from the female hair styles. That was the same timeframe I was living in Japan the first time. Again, thanks for sharing!:)

Ed