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Old 09-22-2006, 10:43 AM   #8
James Davis
 
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Dojo: Ft. Myers School of Aikido
Location: Ft. Myers, FL.
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Re: Do you remember your first time?

The first time that my aikido really surprised me with its effectiveness was during my 4th kyu testing. I was working with two uke, and I blended perfectly with two shomen uchi attacks, resulting in two beautifully executed techniques. It felt like I'd hardly touched them. (This was due, no doubt, to quite a bit of good luck and not to a high level of skill. ) Regardless of it's cause, this occurence just plain freaked me out. I looked with wonder at my sensei, as if to say "Holy crap! Did you see that?! Is that how you feel all the time?!".

While I stood there slack jawed, one of my uke popped up and nailed me on the noggin. So I achieved a personal victory that night, but I still had the outward appearance of a colossall screw-up.

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