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ikkainogakusei's Blog Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-12-2003 09:07 PM
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Status: Public
Entries: 17
Comments: 33
Views: 41,683

Entries for the Month of June 2003

In General Aikido & the gift of selfless service Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #9 New 06-19-2003 01:19 AM
Growing up, especially with an ogre for an older brother, everyone for themselves was an important part of survival. This expanded as I got older to avoiding the predators that my father would bring home. Being on guard against manipulation was paramount.

Logically, when I began dating, I understood that giving was important, but wound up in an LTR which reflected the take aspect more than give, and I found myself with the short end of the stick again.

In the midst of that relationship, I decided to become an uchideshi and requested to join the program. I was very thankful that my sensei accepted me. I didn't fully understand the depth of the internal work necessary while training as an uchideshi but it was exactly what I needed.

Give up your ego, exist for the continuance of the dojo, just be in that place of service. What? All the deep survival elements within me were hitting reject buzzers, especially since there was such a struggle of will between my partner and I at the time.

There was a zen-like place which I found myself while cleaning the shomen, or working in the garden. I really like clearing brush and digging trenches. It feels like simple, meditative, noble work. Using an axe like doing tanrenuchi allowed me to readress my wants in life, my path, my perspective on how I meet the world and the people in it. Improving my shomen cuts became only part of the activity. Developing a few 'cuts' of definition in my delts was just icing.

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In General ego keiko Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #8 New 06-13-2003 04:19 PM
okay so I know this is part of my personal keiko, a challenge for me. I am irked by unnecessary domination. When I meet someone on the matt, I do not try to show them my talent by roughly throwing them down, and snapping through an immobilization. First, because I do not know their level of ukemi skill, which does not necessarily match their rank. Nor do I know their joint limits. Second, because I think it is rude.

So it has been several years since I have trained regularly under my original aikido sensei and I wanted to go back. I found myself training with a dohai who really seemed to be overtly trying to blast through, which I have often found to have a root of low-technique skill. He also has attempted to give me correction/instruction during formal class, while sensei is on the matt, which has been a damme in the past.

Finally, one time he tried to give me a verbal and physical correction during class and I froze him out, he then tried a reversal and I reversed his reversal.

{grr} I know...damme. I shouldn't do things like that. I should awase and let him be. This is a challenge for me. First, it is disrespectful to sensei, second... dude you don't know me, let's figure each other out before you decide that I need your infinite wisdom. Let's do that working together pointing out flaws after class during informal keiko. So this feeling is so strong in me. How do I awase?
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