AikiWeb Aikido Forums

AikiWeb Aikido Forums (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/index.php)
-   General (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=1)
-   -   Why do you practice? (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22997)

Peter Boylan 09-23-2013 11:12 AM

Why do you practice?
 
I've been thinking about all the reasons that drive me to drag my training gear all over the country when I travel, just so I can spend a few hours a week in a dojo. There are lots of reasons for starting training, but what it is that keeps you coming back year after year, decade after decade? For me it's the endless journey of improvement and refinement. I muse about it in my blog post at
http://budobum.blogspot.com/2013/09/...-counting.html

mjhacker 09-28-2013 11:44 AM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Quote:

Peter Boylan wrote: (Post 330086)
...what it is that keeps you coming back year after year, decade after decade?

I'll steal my teacher's answer, cuz I've never heard a better one: I can't not.

Janet Rosen 09-28-2013 03:45 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Every time I've left due to injury I've had to come back; there is something I get from aikido training that I don't get from anything else I've done in life.
Since I don't get it from weapons (aiki or other), even paired practice, it clearly has something to do with the hands-on contact with another human being - as well as ongoing fascination with the huge wonderful puzzle of how to keep improving structure and all the other things that make it work better....
What keeps me going day to day is also knowing I'm unlikely to be in better shape than I am today so I better get my ass in to the dojo unless on a given day I'm truly ill or unsafe.
Michael, your quote may just be an apt shorter version of this :-)

OwlMatt 09-30-2013 07:50 AM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
My aikido training is an ongoing attempt to become more comfortable in my own body.

lbb 09-30-2013 08:14 AM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
I think it's unique to every person. I don't think someone else's reasons can ever be yours.

Bill Danosky 09-30-2013 09:18 AM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
It's helpful to have soft options, for occasions when you don't want to utterly destroy someone. It's also a good legal defense, by the way- "I practice the least violent martial art there is. My intention is always to cause less harm."

Keith Larman 09-30-2013 12:12 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Honestly I think a lot of people muse and ponder it too much. Or as my dad used to say, "whatever floats your boat". It floats my boat. And that's good enough. Do I need deeper reasons? Frankly I think most reasons folk come up with are at best ad hoc justifications, attempts to give weight and confirmation to what they're doing rather than somehow feeling they're otherwise just wasting their time.

FWIW my wife trains and shows dogs. Why? Um, well, she's good at it, she enjoys it, she likes spending time with the animals, it gets her out of the house, it's good destressing, and, and, and, well, I could go on for hours. But in the end it's because she enjoys it. For all those reasons. And others. Do you really need more reasons?

Our time is limited. And I want to do things I find enjoyable, challenging and fun during my short time here.

If the question is "why this instead of something else" I think the only real answer is that "this" (whatever that may be) is something that I enjoy more than "that". And I reserve the right to move on to "that other thing over there" if that turns out more interesting than this. Or that. Or... You get the drift...

It seems to me one needs to consider these things if one feels they're in a rut. But if you're havin' fun, feelin' groovy, and more satisfied each day than you'd be if you weren't doing whatever, well, keep it up...

Or maybe I've just lived in California too long and I'm turning in to "that" guy....

tarik 09-30-2013 12:31 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Ultimately, because I like it. There's a lot of other benefits and needs and so on, but right now, it boils down to that.

OwlMatt 09-30-2013 01:38 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Quote:

Mary Malmros wrote: (Post 330332)
I think it's unique to every person. I don't think someone else's reasons can ever be yours.

I wrote a blog saying pretty much this exact same thing a few weeks ago in the External Aikido Blogs forum.

Bill Danosky 09-30-2013 09:53 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Okay, I'm ready to change my answer:

"To learn and practice throws and joint locks."

BJohnston 10-05-2013 11:50 AM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Keeps me healthy mentally and physically. I've also become fascinated with how you break the human body down. Great great stuff!

BJohnston 10-05-2013 12:49 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Keeps me healthy mentally and physically. I've also become fascinated with how you break the human body down. Great great stuff!

Krystal Locke 10-07-2013 01:48 AM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Because I suck.

Shadowfax 10-10-2013 02:44 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Because...

Quote:

Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere.
Morihei Ueshiba
I want to progress.....no one will teach me the secret techniques anyway. :p

Janet Rosen 10-10-2013 04:46 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Quote:

Cherie Cornmesser wrote: (Post 330835)
Because...

I want to progress.....no one will teach me the secret techniques anyway. :p

Aw, heck, I will. Just slip a few $20 bills into an envelope and send it to.... :D

SeiserL 10-10-2013 06:11 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
I often say its because I don't golf.

(Something about those wind-mills and clown-faces just freak me out.)

Janet Rosen 10-10-2013 07:32 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Quote:

Lynn Seiser wrote: (Post 330841)
I often say its because I don't golf.

(Something about those wind-mills and clown-faces just freak me out.)

THAT's it, Lynn...the marketing we need to restore Aikido to its rightful place in popular culture...miniature dojo courses. I can see it now....

First "hole"....shikko into a teeny one room tea house beautifully designed and painted, just maybe a little on the garish side....nikkyo the evil chado teacher....

Second "hole"... forward roll into a tiny and very lovely, but maybe a little on the garish side, garden....do a disarm when the evil ikebana expert suddenly pulls out the little okubo shears....

Mark Uttech 10-12-2013 04:46 AM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Onegaishimasu, I studied Buddhism, particularly zen Buddhism for 10 years before I began aikido. I was also a reader/writer of poetry. The practice of aikido seemed to me to be a physical expression of everything I already held dear. It, like Buddhism and poetical notion, didn't save my life at one time, it keeps saving it, so I practice and carry on the practice.
In gassho,
Mark

Bill Danosky 10-12-2013 05:49 PM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Quote:

Janet Rosen wrote: (Post 330842)
THAT's it, Lynn...the marketing we need to restore Aikido to its rightful place in popular culture...miniature dojo courses. I can see it now....

First "hole"....shikko into a teeny one room tea house beautifully designed and painted, just maybe a little on the garish side....nikkyo the evil chado teacher....

Second "hole"... forward roll into a tiny and very lovely, but maybe a little on the garish side, garden....do a disarm when the evil ikebana expert suddenly pulls out the little okubo shears....

Sounds familiar... I think I see where this is going:


philipsmith 10-16-2013 06:12 AM

Re: Why do you practice?
 
Quote:

Michael Hacker wrote: (Post 330288)
I'll steal my teacher's answer, cuz I've never heard a better one: I can't not.

Totally agree - all other reasons as Keith says are just justifications for my Aikido addiction


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:22 AM.

Powered by: vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.