Re: Sigman: Europe Oct 09
Listen to Joep, because Joep is right (hi again, Joep).
I am posting on this thread because this thread made me aware of last weekend’s seminar at Wadhurst in the first place. So: thank you, Aikiweb.
Some of the more basic exercises shown by Mike Sigman looked and felt familiar from my aikido training, but Mr. Sigman’s explanations and instructions were much (much!) more coherent, precise and insightful than anything I have ever been taught (and I still think I got lucky with my pretty good aikido teachers...: without them I might never even have been interested in or receptive to this stuff).
And then Mr. Sigman showed and explained many more things, some of which were way beyond what I have ever seen in Aikido.
One of the immediate effects that Mr. Sigman’s instruction had on me, is that I suddenly understood (more or less clearly, of course) some of the things which very competent aikido practitioners had been doing to me, without me understanding at all how they did what they did, before.
On IHTBF: well, yeah, ITHBF. Even after extensive reading up on the subject on Aikiweb and elsewhere, things became a lot clearer to me after attending the seminar.
Perhaps the most important aspect of what I took home from the seminar, was a set of very clear and precise instructions on how to do a number of (solo as well as paired) basic exercises (including some that I was already doing in some way, but often in a hopelessly flawed way) and a general ‘feel’ about how things ought to be done, if I want to make any substantial progress in aikido or whatever you want to call it.
Last edited by F.S. : 10-16-2009 at 02:32 PM.