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One ogf the most helpful "ukemi" practices I do is to have a reaction to a post in a discussion which sets me off, write my response and then hit "delete" instead of "submit". It is a measure of my ability to contain myself and act from a place or response-ability rather than reactionality (yeah, I male up words,too).
Sometimes tho, the thing that wants to get said can be a valuable indication to me of how I am and sometimes its something that I believe is a valid question or statement that, if posted in a discussion can be misinterpreted as me being argumentative when I think I am being rhetorical.I'm thinking I can use this space to make comments which I believe might be deleterious to the discussion I'm reacting (as opposed to responding) to. So here goes-
On the "which is more effective for *anxiety reduction*, aikido or yoga" question:
...and after this one you could do -
the benefite aof aikido AND yoga
as compared to say, yoga and meditation
or aikido and role-playing
or aikido and religious practice
or religious practice and yoga
or yoga and basketball
or basketball and ballet
or even which lends itself to creating More anxiety, the desire to advance in yoga or the desire to advance in aikido
or is it better for anxiety reduction or anger management?
or which is more/less competitive?
I"m really not trying to be argumentative here, but as a long-time yoga practitionar and 2nd kyu, these are both practices I have some experience in, and while they
This week we're working on the moment of "impact", the split second that happens At the grab, so Sensei had everyone do hard, forceful morote dori attacks, strong and faster. I was having fun with it, finding my extension, moving my center, not forcing the technique but really feeling the directionality of uke's movement and simply letting them go where they were trying to go.
Of course at first the boys were being pretty tentative in their attacks, so I kept asking for more until they were giving me stuff I could Work with and now have the bruises, albeit invisible to my eye, to not show for it.
What was curious was my ukemi. Either I wouldn't allow the throw but walk right under their arms- the technique being morote dori sayu iriminage, if i dont want to be thrown in iriminage I don't lose my balance, or the inverse, or somethng like that.
But this was extereme.I would just spin out and laugh. Or fall down badly. I couldn't remember which shoulder went with which foot tucked. I backpedaled.When I did manage to fall my toe would get stuck between mats, or go up my gi, or I'd have to abort a roll due to impending collision;I just couldn't take technique for anything.
I finally brought it up to Sensei, who had me attack one of the nidans, and we watched me get halfway turned around- I can't remember the exact technique by then, maybe an ura iriminage from morotedori- anyway, I stated backpedaling and saying 'see, like this" and Sensei had my partner hold me there at