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Old 06-16-2005, 03:51 PM   #35
Dojo: northern lights aikido/Duluth, MN
Location: Minnesota
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 17
Re: Beginners with delusions of grandeur...

I think that this experience has been beneficial to you. From what I've seen Aikido is Much more than simply throwing & ukemi, it is also a big part of how to view things. Just as one blends with an attack, one should blend with people in disagreements or difficulties/problems in every day life.

As my dojo is geared to college students it seems important to relate Aikido to things outside of the dojo, & not just the physical. Also as it's mainly visited in a university class there tends to be a high turnover rate. While I realize I may not be anywhere near as experienced as you I have still noticed this with "beginner students."

~Emi, Domo arigato gozaimashita
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