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Krystal Locke
07-27-2013, 08:31 PM
I'll go first?

"When the mind gives up, the body stands up. When the body gives up, the body falls down." - unknown source
This one, I need to reintegrate in my training, I've become a wuss.

"Aikido works, your aikido doesn't work" - Hiroshi Ikeda
My aikido is starting to almost begin to maybe start to work soon, and that shit is fun.

And my favorite bit of pure wisdom...
“Practice is like farting—only you can do it yourself; no one else can do it for you.” -Sawaki Koudou
And, really, let's be honest. Why would I want to give anyone else the profound pleasure?

Michael Hackett
07-27-2013, 10:16 PM
"Force seeks force blindly."
Ken MacBeth, Sensei

07-28-2013, 12:47 AM
"Our quality of life is directly related to the number and kinds of teachers we are willing to have."
Dan Boroto PhD Florida State University Small group seminars

Krystal Locke
07-28-2013, 01:34 AM
I like that one, but I have to admit I have always admired the sentiment behind your signature quote. Is there a story behind that? Cannoli is good.

"Force seeks force blindly."
Ken MacBeth, Sensei

07-28-2013, 10:19 AM
the O'Sensei quote of something to the effect that (paraphrasing) "10% of what you learn comes from your sensei, the other 90% is what you figure out yourself"

Michael Hackett
07-28-2013, 11:51 AM
The line is taken from "The Godfather". A target for murder is driving his killers and they stop for cannoli. After one kills him, the other utters that line. A very matter-of-fact take care of business mindset. Absent a brutal murder, that focus would prove valuable in most endeavors. And yes, a good cannoli is a thing of joy!

James Sawers
07-28-2013, 05:12 PM
"The aftermath of slaughter is a perfect time for reflection."
I believe Mike Resnick said this......??

07-28-2013, 05:40 PM
Gravity always wins. Don't fight it, you will lose. Sensei Harry Wright

Michael Hackett
07-28-2013, 07:58 PM
"Gravity always wins......" Man, ain't that the truth!

07-29-2013, 08:29 AM
"NO, again!!!"

07-29-2013, 08:46 AM
"You know more than you think you do."

07-29-2013, 10:59 AM
"Do it 1000 more times."

07-29-2013, 11:39 AM
"You know more than you think you do."
Always one of my favorites. :)

"Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast."

07-29-2013, 08:33 PM
"We seek for strength in what weakens us." - Pema Chodron

Mary Eastland
07-29-2013, 09:43 PM
Neatness counts.

Gary David
07-30-2013, 02:15 AM
"Don't be afraid of what you don't know"

Rob Watson
07-30-2013, 01:56 PM
"You COULD do it that way ... orrr, you could do it this way."

Janet Rosen
07-30-2013, 02:25 PM
"Your other left foot."

07-30-2013, 02:32 PM
" No matter your pretence - you are what you are, nothing more. "
Kenshiro Abbe Sensei

Henry Ellis
Co-author `Positive Aikido`

James Sawers
07-30-2013, 10:55 PM
"This is gonna last a long time, you won't like it, and it's gonna hurt"
From the movie 300

07-31-2013, 12:06 PM
Techniques are what you fall back on when your aikido isn't working

07-31-2013, 08:34 PM
"It works every time. Maybe you should do it every time."

Krystal Locke
07-31-2013, 09:24 PM
That is a favorite for me. Very true, in all my endeavors.

Always one of my favorites. :)

"Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast."

08-01-2013, 12:43 AM
Haven't you changed yet????????? :D

08-01-2013, 07:33 AM
the journey of a thousand miles begins with coffee and donuts.

08-01-2013, 07:51 AM
A newbie to Aikiweb here.

"Gryka's life was violent, dangerous and would be short by human standards even if she lived to her full potential lifespan - but it was, as far as I could tell, completely free of self-doubt . . . Hazrah nachti, I thought. I wished humans could find that center, and realized I'd settle for finding it myself, because even that was more than mot of us ever accomplished in our lifetimes."

"Sometimes the truth is so perfect that it leaves you speechless, simply because there is nothing to be added or subtracted, nothing to do but admire its terrible beauty even as it rips out your still beating heart and sterilizes the bleeding cavity."

08-02-2013, 11:00 AM
It's a toss up between:

Hips don't lie (Shakira)

I'd agree with you (if you were right)


Even a blind squirell occasionally finds a nut

08-03-2013, 01:57 PM
A "not to be named" instructor once told me:

"You SUCK today... Come back tomorrow."

Realistic, truthful, yet hopeful for the future. I have never forgotten it.

08-04-2013, 04:07 AM
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” ~ Bruce Lee

08-04-2013, 06:18 AM
Sensei, the day I stop shouting at you is the day I stop caring

08-04-2013, 09:03 PM
"Little finger--most important!"-- Shibata Sensei

08-07-2013, 08:41 AM
Here's one from my sensei, from a particularly difficult class last week: "What you're after is very close to chaos." I think I understand intuitively what he meant (especially from the context), but damned if I can explain it. Very close to chaos...but not chaos at all.

Chris Li
08-07-2013, 10:39 AM
"Little finger--most important!"-- Shibata Sensei

In Japan, when you hold up your little finger you're referring to a girlfriend or other female lover. :D



08-09-2013, 08:03 AM
In Japan, when you hold up your little finger you're referring to a girlfriend or other female lover. :D

...or perhaps both... ;)