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Old 04-22-2009, 12:13 PM   #2
Marc Abrams
Dojo: Aikido Arts of Shin Budo Kai/ Bedford Hills, New York
Location: New York
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,302
Re: Ask sensei to demonstrate "at speed"?

Be careful what you ask for, for you might just receive it.

I have tried to genuinely strike my teacher on many occasions over the years. I am still trying ... Now as a teacher myself, I do not mind if a student really tries to tag me.

I first need to know that the student's ukemi is good enough to receive back what that person puts out. I still have to operate in a manner that insures the safety of the student.

I love Ikeda Sensei's statement about don't ask if Aikido works, but as if your Aikido works. We all are works in progress, but I have experienced enough instances of really good teachers having no problems making their Aikido work for me to stick with it and dedicate myself to trying to do the same.

Marc Abrams
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