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jducusin 03-26-2013 08:56 AM

"Nia" dance and connection to Aikido practice
 
Just wondering if anyone here has tried "Nia" http://www.nianow.com - a "sensory-based movement practice" that is apparently very low impact and borrows from martial arts (including Aikido), dance, yoga, the Alexander technique and Feldenkrais.

It was recently recommended to me by a dancer friend of mine and I'm curious to know what any Aikidoka who've tried it think - especially about how well it integrates into their Aikido practice and/or vice versa.

Thanks!

phitruong 03-26-2013 11:24 AM

Re: "Nia" dance and connection to Aikido practice
 
i had to return the yoga pants, because it shown too much of my ass. :D

methink, if i wear my hakama over it, then it might help my aikido greatly, since it seemed to keep all the loose stuffs together.

jducusin 03-26-2013 12:42 PM

Re: "Nia" dance and connection to Aikido practice
 
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Phi Truong wrote: (Post 325079)
i had to return the yoga pants, because it shown too much of my ass. :D

Hate to say it, but it's not your pants that's revealing a lot of "ass" right now. :cool:

A note to all civilized Aikidoka: please refrain from irrelevant replies. If a person wanted any less than a serious answer to their question, they'd post under "Humor". If they wanted to mock another person's art, they'd comment on YouTube.

Good old, AikiWeb. First post I've made in years and you haven't changed - thanks for reminding me why I stopped bothering to visit. Stay classy, Aikidoka. Stay classy.

Hellis 03-26-2013 01:06 PM

Re: "Nia" dance and connection to Aikido practice
 
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Phi Truong wrote: (Post 325079)
i had to return the yoga pants, because it shown too much of my ass. :D

methink, if i wear my hakama over it, then it might help my aikido greatly, since it seemed to keep all the loose stuffs together.

Phi

Like it :D
I have seen ribbons used in Aikido - maybe they would keep your loose stuff secure.

Henry Ellis
Co-author of `Positive Aikido`
http://britishaikido.blogspot.com/

jducusin 03-26-2013 01:13 PM

Re: "Nia" dance and connection to Aikido practice
 
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Henry Ellis wrote: (Post 325088)
I have seen ribbons used in Aikido - maybe they would keep your loose stuff secure.

Oh, something is loose, all right - but I suspect it will take more than ribbons to keep under wraps.

Mary Eastland 03-26-2013 03:49 PM

Re: "Nia" dance and connection to Aikido practice
 
Hi Jamie:

I have gone to a couple of classes. It was just okay. I did not see any connection to Aikido training.

jducusin 03-27-2013 08:02 AM

Re: "Nia" dance and connection to Aikido practice
 
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Mary Eastland wrote: (Post 325091)
I have gone to a couple of classes. It was just okay. I did not see any connection to Aikido training.

Hi Mary,

That's too bad. There are often people who come to the dojo really eager to learn Aikido and have hopes that it will be a low-impact way to drop a lot of weight, only to find that said weight makes the ukemi even more uncomfortable and frustrating than it might typically be for your average beginner. I suppose I was optimistically theorizing that if "Nia" had enough principles common to Aikido, it could be a good activity to recommend to these particular students to start off with as a way to gently shed weight more quickly first and thus help them better transition into classical Aikido practice.

I do appreciate you taking the time for a sincere response. Thanks to Phi and Henry, I have learned something quite valuable. I will now recommend to any Aikidoka wanting to lose weight that all they need do is start a website devoted to Aikido information and wait for the trolls to feed off their time and energy. They'll be bled dry in no time.

Cheers,
J


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