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Old 06-13-2007, 10:21 PM   #10
L. Camejo
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Re: Analytic Anger and Frustration in Training

I think frustration occurs in those who seek to make progress and excel at whatever they do. In Aikido training we use non-cooperative and partially co-operative methods to frustrate that which is possible on a totally cooperative level alone (in mind, strategy, tactics and technique). In this way one is put into a position where it is necessary to perform at a higher level to attain similar results to that attained in a totally cooperative environment.

Honest self evaluation, critical and analytical thinking are very important in reviewing ones performance and weaknesses to ultimately understand the source and reason for any frustrations; and thereby find a way to overcome these frustrations by becoming better at manifesting core Aiki principles. One however does not stay at the level of analytical thinking very long (though this is important to locate areas that need improvement) since it becomes necessary to be able to perform at a higher instinctive level to make any further progress in non-cooperative training. As a result, though non-cooperative type training may in fact increase the analytical approach towards ones training, the analysis itself means nothing unless one can intuitively manifest the insights gained in improved performance when placed under further non-cooperative conditions.

If one is still analyzing when in the midst of non-cooperative practice (e.g. randori) then the likelihood of poor performance is quite high imho as the higher, slower brain functions bring the reflexive, intuitive systems to a grinding halt in the midst of conditions that require quick, intuitive, reflexive responses to be successful. I actually have a couple students who are trying to overcome this phenomenon. Good training.


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