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Old 08-11-2007, 12:36 PM   #13
David Yap
Join Date: Jun 2003
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Re: Poll: Is there such a thing as "bad" aikido to you?

I voted yes. When I started with just one instructor, aikido was just aikido. Having trained with more than one instructor, I realised indeed that that there is such a thing as a "bad" aikido in terms of the interpretation of the art and the attitudes/personalities of the instructors.

My advice is that: when you have reached a proficient level in the art then it is about time you start training with others outside your dojo. Aikido being such a "cultist" art, you may end up doing 10~20years or more doing "bad" aikido without realising it. My experience is that I was doing "good" and effortless aikido when another instructor showed me that I should be using brute strength instead. For me, that is time to move on.

David Y

Last edited by David Yap : 08-11-2007 at 12:39 PM.
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