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vieq 07-06-2012 10:16 AM

So, it's been a while since my last post :)
 
So, it's been a while since I posted :)

Well, Good news and bad news.

The good news is that I am still interested!
The bad news is none of my plans come to work, no shadow boxing training worked nor traveling 240KM 2 days a week worked!

BUT I AM STILL INTERESTED, AIN'T THAT SOMETHING GOOD OR WHAT :D

So, I 've been thinking; I am a bit an aggressive character and I tend to pick fights when there is none like I am feeling unguarded all the time; insecure.

Perhaps it's how I grew up or Kung-FU wrecked my mentality for good!, It was my first sport ever when I was 12! never did any sport before it unless you count running and playing around with kids of my age a sport.

Then I went to Bodybuilding and eventually PowerLifting, it's the only sport with less demands and I do get powerful (am sure I 've said that couple of times, it just won't hurt to remind :) ).

But I understood that's not the essence of Aikido, I need to be broken down..I need to relay on something else beside my strength.

So to my main question, since I am not able to find any dojo nor start one...how do I initiate my self/mentality into Aikido.

Like be spiritually and mentally prepared so when I finally find a shred of light into Aikido training I 'd be on the right track and may be get a boost!?

Conrad Gus 07-06-2012 11:00 AM

Re: So, it's been a while since my last post :)
 
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Mohamed Salah wrote: (Post 312502)
So, it's been a while since I posted :)

Well, Good news and bad news.

The good news is that I am still interested!
The bad news is none of my plans come to work, no shadow boxing training worked nor traveling 240KM 2 days a week worked!

BUT I AM STILL INTERESTED, AIN'T THAT SOMETHING GOOD OR WHAT :D

So, I 've been thinking; I am a bit an aggressive character and I tend to pick fights when there is none like I am feeling unguarded all the time; insecure.

Perhaps it's how I grew up or Kung-FU wrecked my mentality for good!, It was my first sport ever when I was 12! never did any sport before it unless you count running and playing around with kids of my age a sport.

Then I went to Bodybuilding and eventually PowerLifting, it's the only sport with less demands and I do get powerful (am sure I 've said that couple of times, it just won't hurt to remind :) ).

But I understood that's not the essence of Aikido, I need to be broken down..I need to relay on something else beside my strength.

So to my main question, since I am not able to find any dojo nor start one...how do I initiate my self/mentality into Aikido.

Like be spiritually and mentally prepared so when I finally find a shred of light into Aikido training I 'd be on the right track and may be get a boost!?

Hi Mohamed,

I understand your situation. I think you have a great idea to do some mental and spiritual conditioning while you wait for a good opportunity to train aikido.

I have two suggestions from my own personal experience.

Yoga might be good to increase your range of motion, which is so helpful in aikido. There are yoga teachers that go well past the postures and teach the mental and spiritual side as well. Pranayama exercises work with the same breath concepts as our kokyu exercises in aikido, so that's good too. If you can find something deeper than the corner "workout" yoga class, you'll get the most benefit.

The second one is meditation. I don't think it matters what kind, but find something that suits your personality. For me, that means a very simple concentration method (like zazen), but whatever you can find that you like would be great. You will be able to find a good teacher if you look around (meditation is a LOT more commonly practiced than aikido!)

These practices help me to let go of aggression and open up my heart. I hope you find what you are looking for. It sounds like you are moving into a transition phase!

Conrad

vieq 07-06-2012 01:04 PM

Re: So, it's been a while since my last post :)
 
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Conrad Gustafson wrote: (Post 312504)
.....If you can find something deeper than the corner "workout" yoga class, you'll get the most benefit.

The second one is meditation. I don't think it matters what kind,...... (meditation is a LOT more commonly practiced than aikido!)

.....It sounds like you are moving into a transition phase!

First of all, Thanks for being the first one to reply my post.

I did not fully understod what you meant by "Finding something deeper than the corner", but I fully understood the rest and frankly mentioning "Pranayama exercises" saved me some search; kudos to that.

I am already familiar with mindfulness meditiation, not practicing every day...but I know my way around and I can do it when I want to :)

And yes, my black flame is glowing at the moment and it's already eating the old crap out :D

Again, thanks man.

Janet Rosen 07-06-2012 01:36 PM

Re: So, it's been a while since my last post :)
 
Don't know if tai chi is available to you or similar internal stuff? It sounds like you are coming from a place of good self-insight and awareness, which is surely the most important first step.

vieq 07-06-2012 02:33 PM

Re: So, it's been a while since my last post :)
 
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Janet Rosen wrote: (Post 312516)
.... It sounds like you are coming from a place of good self-insight and awareness, which is surely the most important first step.

There is a moment when you are totally focused on really one thing in this world, that moment is when you're under the wight :)

mathewjgano 07-06-2012 02:58 PM

Re: So, it's been a while since my last post :)
 
Great suggestions already! I would like to add to the idea of active relaxation. Sitting and noticing where you have tension in your body and then actively trying to relax those parts of the body while keeping a good upright posture (crown of the head reaching up to the sky; perineum sinking/resting downward into the ground; and then feeling everything resting downward into and on my hips). I do this while focusing on relaxed deep breathing and it seems to help a little.

vieq 10-12-2012 03:48 PM

Re: So, it's been a while since my last post :)
 
Good news, I finally got to learn Aikido my trainer is 1Dan ... super cool :)

Janet Rosen 10-12-2012 09:33 PM

Re: So, it's been a while since my last post :)
 
Congratulations.


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