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09-23-2005, 10:23 AM
i was wondering what people think that the main reason for starting aikido is, and what do they think is the reason for training in aikido a year or so after they start, if it is the same reason or not.and then for people who keep on training into the years, what keeps them motivated?
09-23-2005, 10:37 AM
The same things that motivated me to start Aikido are still motivating me now. Nothing has changed, the bar is just a little higher.
09-25-2005, 03:13 AM
Brian asked, " I was wondering what people think that the main reason for starting aikido is"
Because I knew my own propensity for violence. After my sensei explained, aikido seemed perfect for me. My violence levels have dropped significantly since....
Brian asked about people who kept training after a year....I did not. I trained six days a week when I started, moved to Iwama for three months, trained every day, moved back to the States, found local training more than I was willing to drive 45 minutes for on a daily basis...
As to what keeps people "training into the years" and what keeps them motivated? No clue. However, for the fifteen years I was absent from aikido, I wanted to train, just didnt have the [money, time, energy, confidence]. However, I always held aikido in my heart....and tried to blend with my fellow man.....would have prefered time on the mat.
09-25-2005, 10:19 AM
When starting, I believe S.D. was a major issue, today, 15 years later, I practice since I enjoy it.
Actually, who am I kidding?
I am addicted, I can't stop practicing for long without finding it to affect my mind, lose the feeling of calmness, becoming agitated and starting to dream of training ...
Addiction, that's my final answer.
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