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Mary Eastland 12-02-2010 02:00 PM

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Lynn Seiser wrote: (Post 269272)
Part of my reality perception of my skills has to do with what level of models and mentors I compare myself too. As I have been advocating, I tend to aim very high.

Thoughts?

Yes, I do have some thoughts. I don't compare myself to anyone because I am not interested in what I think...I am interested in how it feels. I train....I know I am better than I was. Every day and every uke is different. I am the common facter to be explored in each instance. How can I relax ? Accept? Blend?
I am the best me I can be each time.
I think I understand what you are saying better now though. Thank you.
Mary

jonreading 12-02-2010 02:56 PM

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Thanks Lynn, I appreciate the comments.

Ikeda Sensei is something of an oddity (right now, Endo Sensei also falls into this category for me). He is one of those instructors who is almost impossible to decipher because of his skill and experience; he has to exaggerate his movement for anyone to figure out what he did. I remember seminars from years back where he would demonstrate something, say "understand?" then have all us idiots (nodding enthusiastically) go run off to do something that was almost completely not what he was doing. He was so freakin' good no one really knew what or how he worked - I think during this time he would have been difficult to emulate as a model of aikido. I'd give him some time... if he keeps doing what he has been doing he'll have a group fall in line and they'll have something to share with us.

Over the last several years Ikeda sensei has refined his seminars (personally, I think his time with Ushiro Sensei has a lot to do with his changes). His more recent seminars have been some of the most interesting and useful seminars I have attended in recent years. Ikeda sensei is one of those instructors who teaches kihon in his kihon waza and you feel like an idiot because he talks about it like we've been doing it all along... but we haven't. It makes me feel like those elitist college kids that drop names at a coffee shop and you answer just to feel cool. "Well, you've read Keats, of course?" "Yeah, she's awesome." Dang.

SeiserL 12-02-2010 03:57 PM

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Jon Reading wrote: (Post 269290)
Ikeda Sensei is something of an oddity (right now, Endo Sensei also falls into this category for me).

So what do we have to do to get them in the ATL on a regular basis?

Peter Goldsbury 12-02-2010 04:03 PM

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Lynn Seiser wrote: (Post 269297)
So what do we have to do to get them in the ATL on a regular basis?

What is ATL?

SeiserL 12-02-2010 06:24 PM

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Peter A Goldsbury wrote: (Post 269298)
What is ATL?

Atlanta, Georgia USA

Do you ever get our way?

Peter Goldsbury 12-02-2010 09:36 PM

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Lynn Seiser wrote: (Post 269306)
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Do you ever get our way?

Well, since the IAF General Secretary lives in Boulder CO, right next to Mr Ikeda, there is a possibility. Perhaps in 2011 or 2012, which will be ten years since the first Aiki Expo.

PAG

SeiserL 12-04-2010 06:26 AM

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Peter A Goldsbury wrote: (Post 269317)
Well, since the IAF General Secretary lives in Boulder CO, right next to Mr Ikeda, there is a possibility. Perhaps in 2011 or 2012, which will be ten years since the first Aiki Expo.

I attend every Ikeda seminar I can and have for years.

The 3 Aiki Expos changed me and my Aikido. If Pranin Sensei does it again, I will certainly be there.

crbateman 12-04-2010 10:04 PM

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Lynn Seiser wrote: (Post 269410)
The 3 Aiki Expos changed me and my Aikido. If Pranin Sensei does it again, I will certainly be there.

From your lips to O'Sensei's ear, Lynn-san, but alas... :sorry:


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