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Old 06-20-2006, 07:54 PM   #107
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Re: You might be an Aikido addict if ....

Jamie D. Ducusin wrote:
...You know you're a hardcore Aikidoka when:

- ...the Aikido dreams start.

- find yourself with an irresistible urge to
bow every time you enter or exit a room.

- ...the smell of rancid sweat has become oddly
unnoticeable to you.

- immediately stop what you're doing and sit
down whenever you hear someone clap their hands.

- feel like doing Yonkyo anytime someone
reaches to give you a handshake.

- no longer grip anything with your index

- wear athletic tape and/or Neoprene braces
so often, they're practically fashion accessories.

- You blurt out "Hai!" when you're asked to do something at home, or at work.

- You wonder how you would flip someone in an elevator.

- You don't just open a door -- you extend into it from your center.

- Missing practice makes you feel like a caged animal.

- A crowded sidewalk always means tai sabaki practice.

- You've tried doing mai ukemi down a hill -- or on cement.

- Sensei regularly slams the crap out of you.

- You actually want Sensei to slam the crap out of you.
Highlighted ones pertain to me especially...

Some additional ones for me:

- You cannot think of the future beyond the next grading.

- People think you're a little "spacey" because you're always thinking about Aikido.

- Your spouse threatens to leave because you're gone to practice, demos or camps so much.

- Coworkers don't think of you based upon your work or department but refer to you as the "Aikido guy".

That is all...
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