Hi, i am an aikido student and i am also studying movie production at college, for my end of year film i want to do a documentry about Aikido, and i wondered if anyone had thoughts that they would like to share about the following points. Email them to me with your name and style of aikido, so that i can credit it back to you.
How would you advise a beginner to look for a good dojo?
What does aikido mean to you?
What good and bad pionts would you find in an average dojo?
If you were (or maybe you ARE!) a sensei, how would you treat a person starting aikido as their first martial art?
What do you hope to do with your aikido training?
My "style" is aikikai. Period (seriously, that what we are told from Japan)
1) As my sensei told me when leaving Montreal to head for Atlanta "Go where you feel is best, where you will be comfortable". Wise, but foggy. What I have come to learn was no matter how open minded to other styles/instruction I thought I was, I really wanted something that resembled what I had learned over the past 3 years. Dojo/clubs have a personality, and you will gravitate towards the ones you like, and stay away from those you dont, just like another human-being. None are bad, some just dont "jive".
2) Aikido has become a set of tools to use in my daily life. Don't push, don't pull, don't tense, just go where you will. Be considerate (which we could all use more of), but be true to yourself without trampling on others. Strive for balance in all parts of your life (not just on the mat).
3)On average, everyone is welcoming; if they aren't, see #2!
4)Though not a sensei, our club is small and young. Our sensei is nidan, we have 2 ikkyu, 2 sankyu (I am one), a few yonkyus, gokyus, etc... I remember when there were 4 of us gokyus! As such, I have, on many occassions, been the one to welcome a newbie. I treat them all the same. Welcoming, a little bit of challenge sometimes, and a whole lot of patience.
5)Live. Seriously, I would love to learn and teach full time, so I could give back to aikido what it has given me.
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