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AikiWeb System 04-18-2004 12:01 AM

AikiWeb Poll for the week of April 18, 2004:

Do you think your ability to drive an automobile safely has improved since training in aikido?
  • I don't do aikido
  • I don't drive a car
  • Critically improved
  • Very improved
  • Somewhat improved
  • Not very improved
  • Not at all improved
Here are the current results.

Meggy Gurova 04-18-2004 07:09 AM

Hi, as a person gets better at aikido he/she gets better at driving a car as well, because he/she is driving a car and learning how to drive better each day. I mean driving a car its a process of learning as well, so how do you know if you improved because of the aikido?

Virgil 04-18-2004 09:47 AM

I do have one anecdote of using aikido while driving (which is not exactly what the question asks) - I was at a light, going to go straight, and the person behind me wanted to turn right. I noticed her b/c she was flipping me the bird and generally having a fit that I was in her way.

Now, my initial response was to pull away from the green like a dottering old guy at about 2mph just to get her goat; this was followed by an even better idea - having made her wait, NOW I'd turn right!

But instead I took the high road and decided that just b/c she was being aggressive didn't mean that I had to allow that to influence me; goading her wasn't going to help her, and engaging in such passive-aggressive behavior wasn't going to improve my lot any, either. And so I "maintained my center" and just let her do her thing

lt-rentaroo 04-18-2004 10:32 AM

Hmmm. Car, no. Motorcycle, yes. Riding a motorcycle requires the operator to be smooth, fluid, and aware of their body position and surroundings (list is not all inclusive).

Through Aikido training, my awareness of these elements has greatly increased. I'm much smoother with application of throttle/brake, my body positioning while railing through a turn at high-speed has improved, and I've become more fluid with moving my body position from one side of the motorcycle to the other during fast turn transitions.

Potentially the most important, my awareness of what surrounds me (gravel on road, leaves, nasty guard rails, hay bales, etc.) has improved through learning "soft focus", an aspect of Aikido training.

Excellent poll Jun!!

Clayton Drescher 04-18-2004 03:25 PM

I don't drive too much in the city, but aikido definitely helps while riding the bus and/or train. Keeping balance while moving and keeping "centered" around all the crazy people and rude kids.

rcoit 04-19-2004 06:50 AM

Re: Poll: Do you think your ability to drive an automobile safely has improved since training in aikido?
 
I said I 'somewhat improved' because I was already a great driver :p (uh oh...now I gotta watch it!)
Seriously, early on I recognized that driving is the quintessential demonstration of a modern application of the ancient precepts of aikido. Most obvious to me is- that the blending with the car/motorcycle has GOT TO BE the same phenomenon as that with the sword. I (and for most others with whom this has been discussed) get a 'sense' of the boundaries of the car, the 'feel' of the car, and often the energy. This is likely the foundation of a "good driver" as getting a sense of blending with a bokken or jo must be for an aikidoist.

cbrf4zr2 04-19-2004 08:32 AM

Re: Poll: Do you think your ability to drive an automobile safely has improved since training in aikido?
 
Driving my truck, no.

Riding my motorcycle, yes. For the reasons Louis mentioned.

Flying my plane, yes.

During my training my flight instructor could not shake my nerves when practicing emergencies. He was getting frustrated in not being able to get me rattled. I says to him, "Anthony we're at 5,000 feet, I've got 7 minutes to decide what to do and get it fixed at a 700 fpm rate of descent. That's forever when you are used to having 3 black belts attacking you from close range." We never simulated emergencies after that.

ian 04-19-2004 10:51 AM

Re: Poll: Do you think your ability to drive an automobile safely has improved since training in aikido?
 
I have found that it is easier to treat the vehicles as just moving bodies, without directing irritation at aggresssive or slow drivers. Thus I achieve my aim (whether I'm driving fast or not) because I don't get tied up in reciprocating aggression. I think this is the key to martial arts - it is about self-defence, not about beating your aggressor or showing off.

Ian

Doka 04-19-2004 06:10 PM

Re: Poll: Do you think your ability to drive an automobile safely has improved since training in aikido?
 
Haw Haw Haw Haw!!!!

LOL! Is this for real? So O'Sensei was (or would have been) a great driver too and would have been a great pilo too? Gozo Shioda Sensei would have been the undefeated world champion in F1, Stock Car Racing and Rally Driving?

Largo 04-20-2004 12:51 AM

Re: Poll: Do you think your ability to drive an automobile safely has improved since training in aikido?
 
If aikido made such great drivers, how come all of the people in my dojo drive like maniacs?

Wayne 04-22-2004 02:50 PM

Re: Poll: Do you think your ability to drive an automobile safely has improved since training in aikido?
 
Having driven for nearly 25 years, I don't think my 2 years of aikido has affected my "ability" to drive. That said, I have noticed that I am more willing to accept traffic problems, road hogs, etc. My driving execution has improved.

Wayne


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