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Old 07-27-2001, 01:11 PM   #8
Estproph
Dojo: Aikido of Northern Virginia
Location: Arlington, VA
Join Date: Jul 2001
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Re: beginner's learning curve

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Originally posted by Prometheus
Hello All,

I've just begun my Aikido training (coming up on one month now) and it is at once exhilarating, challenging, fun, and frustrating. I have the privilege of training at a dojo with many senior students, all of which are both gracious and helpful to those of us new to the art. It's a good thing, too, because I've never felt so uncoordinated in my life (ok, left foot goes here, other left foot goes here, hands up, turn, oops, I've left myself open to a devasting groin kick, etc.)

My question is this: how long did it take you before you felt comfortable with your body movement and footwork so that your techniques began to flow more naturally, rather than having to follow a running alogorithm in your overloaded brain? I understand, of course, that it will take years for my mind and body to develop a healthy working relationship, but there must be some point when things "start to click."

I guess what I'm really asking for are anecdotes about your own experience and learning curve as beginners and the moment(s) you began to feel a bit more comfortable with your abilities.

Even though I'm about to complete my Ph.D., trying to learn aikido makes me feel like a complete idiot!

Thanks!

David Brookshire
Hi David, fellow new Aikidoka/DC'er/soon-to-be Ph.D'er:

I'm I think right about the same place as you are. I've been studying aikido a little over a month now, and still have 2 (or more) left feet (10 thumbs too). I will say this: at this stage, practicing as often as possible seems to help me in understanding technique. I've been able to practice 4 or more times a week the last couple of weeks now, and, although I'm very sore, I feel like I'm picking up technique much faster than I was just a couple weeks ago. Of course, I still have a LONG way to go...
It's the same principle as grad school. At the outset, it looks like it will take forever to get to where you want to be, but if you keep at it, eventually you get there.

Poorly socialized, overeducated geek
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