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12-24-2002, 09:17 AM
~~We learn and practice with many principles during training on the mat--in all MA, not just Aikido. I was wondering which of these principle(s) you might use 'out in the world'?
~~For me, off-line seems to be my movement of choice on and off the mat (except for those few occasions in life where marubashi is called for). Then ten-kan, where I try to see (especially if there seem to be issues) from the other person's eyes. I deal daily with so many people that if I clashed and klunked my way along I'd be exhausted after one shift! I find that seeing both sides allows me to act freely to choose the most positive path for both without being invested (too much) in 'my point'.
~~Oops, those are 2nd and 3rd. Staying relaxed in any situation is my primary focus, queen of principles. Then I can pursue 2 and 3.
~~Wishing all of my web family a wonderful New Year! :ai: :ki: :D
12-24-2002, 10:27 AM
Also, thinking that every situation has something to teach me.
12-24-2002, 11:06 AM
wow! the hardest person i have EVER needed my aiki with is my Wife, it seems that she is the only one who can foil it at this point, and she always says afterwe have our "tiff", "were is that Harmony stuff now?" I say, "that's why i need to go to class!"she get quite jealous of the classes, as instructor in our place i am in class like 5-7 times a week.
Paula, have you heard of Aiki Extensions (http://www.aiki-extensions.org)? It's a group of folks who are all trying to take the "principles" of aikido "off the mat." They're an interesting group...
Bill, does it seem sometimes that Aikido works different with family members ?? LOL.
Maybe we need to emphasize breathing in these situations ? ;)
12-25-2002, 09:43 PM
IMHO, relaxing, breathing, and enjoying myself. Keeping my center by not taking myself too seriously or too personally. They all seem to apply so well.
12-26-2002, 09:26 AM
Irimi, Center, Tenkan.
12-28-2002, 01:30 AM
Guys, this is a great time to push out Dobson/Miller senseis' "Aikido In Everyday Life" book. Tons of great ideas.
The principles are amazingly applicable to all situations, but the heart of aikido is worth remembering: harmony, right? Take your attacker's posture, lead them to a "happy" place for both of you, and try to restore your attacker's humanity ("Thank you for your help" works well). :)
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