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Yokaze
10-31-2004, 04:46 PM
I'd like to hear anyone's thoughts on how Aikido has affected life outside of, well, Aikido. Any change in lifestyle, attitude, that you suspect may be tied to your studies in Aikido.

Personally, Aikido has had a profound impact on my life outside the dojo.

For a long time, I considered myself a pacifist, but I thought that made me weak. Aikido has given me the self-confidence I need to hold on to my philosophies, and provided me with a clarity of thought I never had before.

More than that, I find that I notice a lot more of the world around me. I'll stop and watch a spider weaving its web for ten minutes, just admiring the beauty of it. It has become nearly impossible to sneak up on me, not because I can "sense" the presence of another person, my mind is just more in tune with the sounds and vibrations around me somehow.

In addition, the way of moving I've learned in Aikido has given me the ability to move almost completely silently. It sounds ridiculous, but I am not joking. I usually get home after midnight, and my family used to complain about me making noise when I walked in. Now, whenever I walk up behind someone and start talking, they jump, even though I was making no conscious attempt to move silently.

I'm sure I'm opening myself up to a lot of wannabe ninja jokes :sorry: , but these are things that I have noticed over the last two years of training in Aikido.

Has anyone else felt any similar changes, or anything else, for that matter? I'd love to hear how your life has been changed through Aikido.

Laurel Wagstaff
10-31-2004, 05:33 PM
Off the mat...

I was just thinking about this
I cannot, for the life of me, do The Robot anymore. (Ya know, the jerky dance moves)

Dan Gould
10-31-2004, 07:27 PM
Hehe, I generally sneak around anyway, comes from having a dog that goes crazy whenever you go to the door coz she wants to go walkies, when I'm just popping round the shop, lmao.

Irrelevant, maybe, but I envy you for having it affect you so positively, and I'm gonna go to my first class tonight (dies), I just wanted to be a part of the thread, lol :-$

Aikijutsu is what I'm doing at the moment, so for the sake of being on topic, that's given me slight confidence :-)

Natasha Ritchie
10-31-2004, 07:44 PM
Well I'm still new at all this but I can definitely say that aikido has changed me. I have always had a very nervous disposition (comes from having a rather rocky start to life). I don't trust easily and tend to be absolutely terrified of men. All men. Things are changing though. From the initial terror of not only being in a room full of them and actually holding out my wrist to allow them to grab me, I am learning to trust. My perspective on life and people has changed. I'm not so nervous, I don't get jumpy anymore when people stand behind me. I suppose if you give people permission to try and attack you but they still don't hurt you, well that can't help but make a difference in your life. I'm now leaving a job that had me safe in a contained situation to something that will let me play with the rest of the world and I can't wait.

In short aikido has given me the confidence to trust and the inclination to go out into the real world and I couldn't be more grateful. If this is me after just three months, what will I be after three years? Can't wait to see.

xuzen
10-31-2004, 10:26 PM
More than that, I find that I notice a lot more of the world around me. <snip...>. It has become nearly impossible to sneak up on me, not because I can "sense" the presence of another person, my mind is just more in tune with the sounds and vibrations around me somehow.
Yeah, me too. You are not alone.


In addition, the way of moving I've learned in Aikido has given me the ability to move almost completely silently It sounds ridiculous, but I am not joking. I usually get home after midnight, and my family used to complain about me making noise when I walked in. Now, whenever I walk up behind someone and start talking, they jump, even though I was making no conscious attempt to move silently.
.

Yeah, me too. You are not alone.

I'm sure I'm opening myself up to a lot of wannabe ninja jokes :sorry: , but these are things that I have noticed over the last two years of training in Aikido.


Has anyone else felt any similar changes, or anything else, for that matter? I'd love to hear how your life has been changed through Aikido.

Yeah, me too. You are not alone. There a testimony from a satisfied aikidoka. To all non-believers, you will be converted once you step on the mat. <Muah ha ha ha ha>

Oh one more thing, aikidoka are damm good dancers too.. especially the way we can shake our bumps b'coz of the years of training our hip power. Yeah baby yeah <Austin powers trademark chant> :D :D :D

Boon.

SeiserL
11-01-2004, 08:32 AM
My compliments and appreciation for letting Aikido change you. IMHO, when we take in the philosophy of Aikido and apply it of the mat, outside the dojo, we can get some great results. I believe it adds a smoothness and grace to the way I move, think, and act towards others. I enjoy the "enter and blend" rather than resist.

Qatana
11-01-2004, 09:55 AM
I spend a great deal of time responding to posts which "push my buttons". I write till i feel i've said what i need to say, then i hit "delete' instead of "post".

I've found that if i don't put myself On the line, there's no need to move Off.

Since i've always been the person to start the argument, or the one to escalate, i can only ascribe this new practice to my training. If i don't give the other person the opportunity to "attack" then i have no need to "defend".

Yokaze
11-01-2004, 11:30 AM
I have always had a very nervous disposition (comes from having a rather rocky start to life). I don't trust easily and tend to be absolutely terrified of men. All men. ...snip... My perspective on life and people has changed. I'm not so nervous, I don't get jumpy anymore when people stand behind me.

Wow... I'd hate to imagine what kind of "rocky start" could inspire such terror in you. Rest assured, as you are undoubtedly finding out, that not all men are like those you seem to have encountered in the past. That's a difficult block to get past. A lot of the time you feel like, if you have had a particular experience over and over again, that it will happen to you every time.

This is simply not the case. Thanks for opening up to me and your fellow Aikidoka. That takes a lot of courage. ^_^

Oh one more thing, aikidoka are damm good dancers too.. especially the way we can shake our bumps b'coz of the years of training our hip power.

It's funny. I have incredible balance (since long before Aikido) I have really good rhythm (in part from obsessively playing DDR and Drummania) and I can move my hips well thanks to endless Tenkan, yet I can't dance for the life of me.

All the pieces are in place, yet it still feels like something's missing. Maybe talent. :D

Yokaze
11-01-2004, 11:33 AM
Hey Jo, I train, like, twenty miles north of you. Which dojo do you go to? Maybe I ought to head down there for a session or two. (Or you could come up here, we're not tough to find.) ;)

tony cameron
11-01-2004, 02:13 PM
as the years go by,
subtle changes will occur,
in silence and strength.

-tony

Amassus
11-01-2004, 02:50 PM
Confidence...
Aikido has given me an inner confidence that is now reflected in all other aspects of my life. I have come to realise that people recognise this confidence and bounce off it.
I thought I was a pretty well-rounded person before I started aikido, now I know that I was not as well adjusted as I am now.

Life is good.

Janet Rosen
11-01-2004, 03:55 PM
Hey Jo, I train, like, twenty miles north of you. Which dojo do you go to? Maybe I ought to head down there for a session or two. (Or you could come up here, we're not tough to find.) ;)
There are a number of us in the area. You might consider joining us at a seminar Sat. Nov. 13 at Centerfield Aikido, in Graton (which is kinda Sebastopol)--details at http://www.cityaikido.com/News/ and dojo info at http://www.sonic.net/~lmath/
to answer the question.....training in aikido has helped me to focus clearly on and to confront internal fears and conflicts, and it is the medium through which I work on simply connecing with other humans.

Qatana
11-01-2004, 04:43 PM
Hey Rob
Come on down, anytime. After tests tomorrow i'm pretty sure the Monday night class will be focussing on ukemi, specially breakfalls, mostly cuz i've been begging for them. Its usually a very small group, 2-3 people, so lots of individual attention.
And do come to the seminar in Graton, Bob Nadeau Shihan is my sensei's sensei, and was a direct student of O'Sensei, and is a lot of fun to train with. At least I think so!

Yokaze
11-01-2004, 05:53 PM
Sadly, I have no car, thus no way to get ANYWHERE. I can't even get to the dojo in Santa Rosa. I can hitch a bus to Petaluma, though, because SC Transit will go there. I dunno about Graton.

Jo, I'll check out the website in your signature for info on times and the address.

Thanks all for your wonderful replies! Keep 'em coming! I want this thread to outlast that god-awful "Aikido does not work at all in a fight" thread which is, like, three years old. ^__^

Sue Trinidad
11-01-2004, 06:07 PM
I'm finding it easier to relax when things are happening that I don't like.

I am also getting better at getting off the line, by which I mean something like, giving the thing that's coming at me--and me, too--some more space and time. . . allowing something different to happen.

I think I may also be learning to have more patience with myself and the pace at which I am learning.