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JamesC
07-03-2004, 01:26 AM
I have been a martial artist for about three years now. I've studied JKD Concepts, Modern JuJutsu, Kenpo Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, and now Aikido.

I have never had such an experience in all three years of martial arts that I did in my first lesson of Aikido. The warm up absolutely killed me though...and sitting in seiza is really hard right now, but man did I love it.

I had gotten the impression that Tomiki Aikido was going to be very sport oriented. Although that may be so, from what i've seen so far, the art is much more than I had expected. The movements are graceful, yet powerful. The teaching is quite different but it is very refreshing.

Anyways, a storm is coming. I'll write more about it after my next practice tomorrow morning.

Devin McDowell
07-03-2004, 09:41 AM
I'm glad to hear you had such fun. I just started Yoseikan Aikido in March (but alas, I am forced into hiatus until fall). Seiza is hard at first, but you'll get used to it. Try sitting in seiza while watching t.v.

PeterR
07-03-2004, 11:47 AM
I had gotten the impression that Tomiki Aikido was going to be very sport oriented. Although that may be so, from what i've seen so far, the art is much more than I had expected. The movements are graceful, yet powerful. The teaching is quite different but it is very refreshing.

Tomiki rules. :D I don't think there is an Aikido style where actually going to a practice shatters so many preconceptions.

Trivia alert - name the Aikiweb forum member who stepped into a Tomiki dojo for the first time in 30 years today and had just as much fun as young James. Correct answer must be delivered before said person admits to their folly.

Cheers 

JamesC
07-03-2004, 03:34 PM
I had my second lesson this morning at 9:00 am. That is pretty early since I don't get off of work until 1:00 am, but once again, it was worth it.

The lessons that I had taken on Thursday were taught by one of Sensei Mink's black belts since he couldn't make it that night. Today though, Sensei Mink himself was there and he taught two white belts, a brown belt, and I the proper ways to fall. Ukemi I believe it is called.

We practiced these falls very progressively, first just by switching sides on the floor, then by starting on hands and knees, then hands and feet and eventually standing up. I picked it up rather quickly and it wasn't very long before the mats started to wear me down.

We did this for about an hour and a half and followed it up with some footwork exercises that I had to mimic while the rest of the class did it.

My sensei also believes in fitness. About every ten minutes he would call matae(sp?) and tell us to assume pushup position. My arms are still dead. I think we totaled at least a hundred before the practice was up.

Unfortunately, since I am so new to the style, I don't feel that I can practice it at home yet. I am so used to hard styles that I feel I would only develop bad habits. I will definitely be practicing my seiza and pushups though, as well as the break falls.

As weird as it sounds coming from a beginner, this style may be one that I feel I could dedicate my life to.

And, might YOU be the person Peter?

PeterR
07-03-2004, 04:37 PM
Close James (in many ways) but not quite.

Work on the footwork exercises. Everything revolves around them and they are pretty easy to remember.

You might also be interested in the Shodokan Aikido link below - the Dojo was Tomiki's Dojo and the site has quite a bit of info including animated gifs.

jggillette
07-05-2004, 05:29 AM
James, thank you for these updates on your new experience. I'm looking to start Aikido myself and this journal of the begining of your training has be very informative. Good luck in your training and please keep this thread going.

JamesC
07-07-2004, 03:05 PM
Believe me John, it is definitely worth it. I can't wait until practice tomorrow.