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Old 11-29-2001, 11:44 PM   #10
Jon C Strauss
Dojo: Rocky Mountain Ki Society
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2000
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Ki Symbol Re: Stirring the pot

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Originally posted by jimvance
Do you see your endeavors in Aikido as primarily doing "training" or primarily doing "practice", or is there a ratio between the two? Why? (Justify your answers.)

And for those Japanese speakers who are familiar with the terms:
How do you look at Aikido in regards to "keiko" and "renshu", beyond the superficial applications of a study period (such as a Judo keiko) or an exercise (again Judo, "Tandoku Renshu"), if at all? Do you apply deeper (or more complex) meaning to the terms in your own practice?
Jim Vance
Howdy,

Renshu: implies something mechanical and which can be done in a solitary fashion (e.g. calisthenics)

Keiko: implies more than one person, and learning/improving is involved

In the school where I practice Jodo, my teacher's teacher doesn't like the word "practice" and prefers that we use the word "training." Apparently, he feels that professionals have a practice (e.g. doctors) and training is what goes on in the dojo.

Personally, I think of practice as something that I can do on my own, but training means working with other students--and an instructor.

Peace,
JCS
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