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mathewjgano 11-24-2009 09:50 PM

What's your daily practice?
 
If you have a daily practice, what is it? What's your favorite or most useful part of it?

I'm still trying to be consistent enough to have a daily practice, but I usually pick up the bokken or jo and do a few cuts or awase movements. These days I'm trying to "rehab" my out of shape and often aching body so I do dynamic stretching most often along with calisthenics (squats and isometric exercises).
I don't practice more than 30 minutes or so usually, but it sure feels like a good way to start the day.

David Maidment 11-25-2009 01:55 AM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
I try to get a few swings in with a sword/bokken. But it's not very productive, as I don't really have enough room.

The one thing that I do every day without fail is to read something related to the art. Whilst, granted, you cannot learn from a book, some useful things are bound to sink in over time.

Abasan 11-25-2009 03:40 AM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
Relax, breath gently, zanshin, moving with center, extend ki. You can do this all the time and it will help with your practice regardless what style you do.

Janet Rosen 11-25-2009 10:37 AM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
Breathe, try to be kind, try to move and be mindfully; walk or get on exercise bike; try to do some weapons or do some core exercises.

Victoria Pitt 11-25-2009 10:54 AM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
Bokken because I am learning Aikido and Iaido and they are different to me so I try to make sure I remember the difference. Other than that, I will run on the treadmill or bike or do core exercises (I hurt my back when I first started Aikido pretty bad so now I am paranoid about my back).

I do look at a lot of videos online, seeing what I like, what I don't like, what looks right, what I know is very wrong. I do try to walk like a ninja (hahah) too. Not disturbing too much in my passing, but sometimes that's hard to do when I'm rocking f-me boots which I tend to like a little too much outside the dojo. :crazy:

I will start practicing with jo next week too because I hate it.

Mark Uttech 11-25-2009 12:09 PM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
Onegaishimasu. Kokyu Ho is my basic daily practice, focusing on the outbreath. Also mindfulness. I do body turnings (tenkan ho) and stretches all day long...

In gassho,

Mark

Chris Covington 11-25-2009 01:09 PM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
I have found swinging a furibo (see big clubs at the bottom: http://www.budovideos.com/shop/custo...roductid=25376) and doing sumo style shiko (leg lifts/stomps) are two great exercises if done right. I also enjoy doing some spear thrusts with a 7-10 foot length of black malleable 3/4" pipe. My father and girlfriend's father were both former plumbers so I have a bunch of that stuff at my finger tips. You can get it at Home Depot for $15 a length, too.

"most useful part of it?"

Do 100+ cuts with a furibo, 100+ shiko and as many tsuki with the pipe as you can 3X a week and you'll find out really quick what it is useful for :) If you do it right your bokken, jo and uke will feel like feathers next time you go to class and you'll be able to cut, swing and throw with your hara, not your arms, much better.

RickMoynihan 12-19-2009 05:03 PM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
As part of my martial arts training in Dundee, Scotland I focus primarily on moving, by practicing the basic stances and turning movements.

I tend to place particular emphasis on my weight distribution and the feeling of being grounded (one with the ground) whilst retaining perfect balance.

After this I have found a number of ways to simulate having an Uke by practicing techniques such as Irimi nage, in a door frame.... i.e. by practicing irimi from various distances into the wall. Practicing in a door frame means that you can use the wall to simulate a strong opponent. You enter, extending your arm to the wall (as if it were around Uke's neck and upper body), squaring your hips off against the wall etc...

I have found performing this and a number other techniques against the wall invaluable in my daily practice, as few things are as unforgiving.... Practicing this frequently fosters a strong technique that works against otherwise immovable opponents.

RED 12-21-2009 06:54 PM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
I can roll anywhere.
Ukemi has been the most useful practice for improving my Aikido. My Nage is immensely effected by how much ukemi I take. People always think I'm doing them a favor when all I want to do is take ukemi for them at open mat. lol

Tinyboy344 12-21-2009 10:42 PM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
I eat and drink beer a lot. It's good for the hara.

James Edwards 12-21-2009 11:36 PM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
Depends on my mood but usually small exercises with bokken or jo. Maybe cuts on seiza since my ceilings are not high enough. Some shikko in the room maybe.

When I don't have weapons (or carpets) then I do other things like push ups, sit ups, balancing exercises, stretching and keeping a horse stance.

lbb 12-22-2009 05:10 AM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
I go to the dojo.

I should be doing regular suburi, but I'm not kidding myself: apart from the dojo, I don't have an indoor space where it's possible to swing a bokken, and while people might romanticize the idea of prancing around in the snow, I question whether it's all that practical or helpful as a daily practice (not that there's a plethora of outdoor spaces where it would be appropriate to swing a bokken around, either).

RED 12-22-2009 02:47 PM

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Quote:

Duy Trinh wrote: (Post 248354)
I eat and drink beer a lot. It's good for the hara.

:cool:

Ketsan 12-22-2009 03:14 PM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
My life is a huge exercise in zanshin.

Amassus 12-24-2009 12:27 AM

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I get up to our toddler...attend to her demands all day (when not at work)...go to bed.
I get to the dojo once a week these days. Oh how life has changed!
;)

mathewjgano 12-24-2009 10:58 PM

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Quote:

Dean Suter wrote: (Post 248631)
I get up to our toddler...attend to her demands all day (when not at work)...go to bed.
I get to the dojo once a week these days. Oh how life has changed!
;)

Well you're ahead of me.:D
Not only is my mat time far less frequent, but I'm still working on my baby-fu. My 6 month old has some serious internal power though and I'm amazed at how much...er..."potency" he delivers for me to deal with. I'd go into more detail, but that would be a $#!^&* thing to do.:yuck:

edgarhaliman 12-25-2009 08:10 AM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
I usually practice taijutsu, well sort of shadow training, because I do not have a partner to practice outside the dojo .. But the most exercise that I like is jo-kata .. That exercise makes me feel better.. :)

lbb 12-25-2009 09:14 AM

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Edgar Haliman wrote: (Post 248737)
I usually practice taijutsu, well sort of shadow training, because I do not have a partner to practice outside the dojo .. But the most exercise that I like is jo-kata .. That exercise makes me feel better.. :)

Here's what I want to know: where do you get the space to practice jo kata? If I tried that in my house, I'd break every lamp in the place.

RED 12-25-2009 05:55 PM

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Quote:

Mary Malmros wrote: (Post 248742)
Here's what I want to know: where do you get the space to practice jo kata? If I tried that in my house, I'd break every lamp in the place.

Agreed! lol The ceiling fan is my enemy.
I've tried in the tennis court, but my neighbors stare and call apartment management. :cool:

Eugene Leslie 01-16-2010 10:40 AM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
From experience and advice from teachers I make every physical thing I do a potential workout; and a great chance for concentrating on breathing. Another thing is to switch up your prominent hand or side when doing everyday activities to the other....quite awkward and uncomfortable but you will hit unused muscles, learn about your body and maybe become just a little more ambidextrous.
Running or a cardio substuitute...I'm guilty of not maintaining a regular regimen in this department but it's paramount for physical well being.

Bruce Lee stated that one should simulate an attack/defense at any time, anywhere, throughout the day <not a direct quote> : walking, doing the dishes, sitting...etc.. Ya you will get funny looks...but anyone can see the benefit of this in the light of reaction time/technique/imagination and the fact that thugs don't wait until you're ready.

Chuck Clark 01-16-2010 06:16 PM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
Quote:

Ahmad Abas wrote: (Post 246303)
Relax, breath gently, zanshin, moving with center, extend ki. You can do this all the time and it will help with your practice regardless what style you do.

As Ahmad said, and I would add the basic tenets of Jigoro Kano, the founder of Kodokan Judo, Seiryoku Zenyo (Best use of Energy) and Jita Kyoei (Mutual Benefit). If we do these things with strong, but relaxed zanshin, always trying to improve every day our practice will develop into maturity. This place, right now, is the dojo.

Best regards,

Jorge Garcia 01-16-2010 08:51 PM

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Every day for the last two and a half years, I have attended the dojo and I do whatever is being taught or whatever I am teaching.
Jorge

tarik 01-18-2010 03:21 PM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
My daily practice should be a set of basic movement exercises and it sort of is, however, I don't always do all of them formally, although I do parts of them whenever I am standing and waiting.

I do spend much of my time when sitting, moving, and walking even when at work trying to put attention into my posture and the individual muscles I am using to do everything and to try to use fewer and fewer of those muscles to sustain my posture and movement.

I am constantly finding extra unnecessary tension in my structure, typically in the hips and shoulders, that is held habitually and when released, reduces the effort needed (and in some cases, pain) to achieve the same posture during movement or stillness and this also increases my freedom of movement and ability to affect my surroundings with significantly less effort.

Right now I'm working extra hard (soft) on relaxing my hips.

I guess you could sum this up as a process of learning zanshin and and correct posture and movement (ki ken tai icchi).

I also put the same type of efforts and practice into how I deal with my emotional state, particularly when under stress from work and family and look for better solutions. The process and internal emotional experiences seem similar.

I do see all of this as directly related to my practice in the dojo and have been having some eye opening experiences lately to validate that for myself.

Best,

JW 01-19-2010 12:00 AM

Re: What's your daily practice?
 
Hi Tarik, I have almost the same experience as you-
Quote:

Tarik Ghbeish wrote: (Post 250628)
My daily practice should be a set of basic movement exercises and it sort of is, however, I don't always do all of them formally, although I do parts of them whenever I am standing and waiting.
...
I am constantly finding extra unnecessary tension in my structure, typically in the hips and shoulders, that is held habitually and when released, reduces the effort needed (and in some cases, pain) to achieve the same posture during movement or stillness and this also increases my freedom of movement and ability to affect my surroundings with significantly less effort.

And, I think everyone can agree this (2nd part above) is desireable from an aikidoka's point of view. It just turns out (once you start really focusing on it) that relaxing unnecessary tension is really hard! It is a rewarding pursuit and a good way to practice during the day, every day.

Now, I really would love to hear what your eye-opening experiences were. Please share if you feel comfortable. Although it is probably right to make a new thread. Thanks!


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