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Eliott Beazley
04-11-2005, 10:24 PM
Hello everyone,

I am just a beginner and I would like to know kind of stuff that I can expect to come across in my many awaiting years of aikido practice. I have been in it for about a month now and I am in love with it. Can anyone give me any suggestions or comments on how to make my aikido practice go as smoothly and as peaceful as it has been for the first month?

Thank you, Elliott

Eliott Beazley
04-11-2005, 11:14 PM
I may not have been clear enough in my last post. What I am mostly curious about is the ranking and testing part of aikido. I have some stage fright so dont hesitate to tell me your testing and ranking experiences please!

Jorge Garcia
04-12-2005, 07:52 AM
Looking back, I would say that the best preparation for a test is to go to practice regularly, relax, and enjoy the journey. Everything else will work itself out in the end. I was always extremely nervous for my kyu tests but I finally figured out that if you practice enough, the test is nothing. I was as calm as I have ever been in an exam during my Nidan test three years ago. I don't even think about the Sandan. I just train.
Best wishes,

SeiserL
04-12-2005, 08:32 AM
IMHO, relax, breathe, and enjoy your training. Testing will come when you are ready. Welcome.

bryce_montgomery
04-12-2005, 08:47 AM
Heh...Lynn, you took the words right out of my mouth...

Bryce

gstevens
04-12-2005, 08:52 AM
I know what you mean about there not being much out there for beginers to get a feel of the start of training. I thought this when I started so I decided to write a public journal about what it is like to be a beginer. I kept it up every training day through my 3rd Kyu test.

I started writing it when I was trying to pick a Dojo and tried to be as completely open and honest about my experiences as possible.

http://www.aikiweb.com/blog/3176

Which is here on this site.

It might answer some of your questions. About what to expect, and even what it felt like for me.

Rod Yabut
04-12-2005, 11:31 AM
I may not have been clear enough in my last post. What I am mostly curious about is the ranking and testing part of aikido. I have some stage fright so dont hesitate to tell me your testing and ranking experiences please!

In my experience, I was absolultely terrified and bumbling on my very first test! I think that's a good thing that you bumble early and not when it counts (dan tests). Like everyone has said, do your very best to relax and keep practicing.

TheWonderKid
04-12-2005, 07:45 PM
Congrats on starting Aikido. I only discovered it myself in September and have remained fascinated with it ever since. In terms of what to come, I'd say you're in for a treat as you begin to learn more techniques, counters, breakfalls, etc. Especially the breakfalls. Stuff that looked like I'd never have the nerve to do are now fun and I'm always looking forward to taking a new type of fall. :D

You'll also discover much of the philosophy behind it and learn how all the pieces of the techniques go together and the techniques start to flow better. Once you've begun learning about your center things'll flow more smoothly.

In terms of testing you just need to relax (something I failed to do on my first grading). Rank isn't as important and the skills that are needed to acquire said rank so as long as your Aikido is good don't worry too much about rank and how fast you can make it to the next one. Enjoy the trip.

But the main thing you can do is to keep your love of Aikido with you and you'll be fine.

Just my two cents.

philipsmith
04-13-2005, 02:17 AM
I may not have been clear enough in my last post. What I am mostly curious about is the ranking and testing part of aikido. I have some stage fright so dont hesitate to tell me your testing and ranking experiences please!


We all get stage fright at some point. I remember one test I took with Chiba Sensei vividly because I went completely blank when asked for Iriminage from Gakkyu-Hamni. Thinking quickly I grabbed my partner who whispered "S***, I've forgot it as well"

This was followed by Sensei gently enquiring "Whats wrong, have you both forgotten the technique?"

P.S. We both passed.