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Old 08-25-2002, 08:10 AM   #4
Bruce Baker
Dojo: LBI Aikikai/LBI ,NJ
Location: Barnegaat, NJ
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 893
minor verses serious injury

Brawling or training?

If you are continually getting injured or those you train with are getting injured, I would call that brawling, or an all out tumble down the hill pray you are alive when the other bodys come into the pile.

Hard physical training, does not always involve the continuous offensive/ defensive training that we often go through in class, not does it resemble the fight scenes in movies, nor does it look like a UFC match.

There are many examples of teacher and students doing demonstrations of Aikido, and the uke breaking bones or falling incorrectly with the excuse that they were not paying attention. Serious injury because of a lapse in attention? After training ... how many years?

Or are we simply beating the odds every time a full commited technique is applied to a full commited attack?

Sprains, strains, sore muscles should be the majority of injurys if you are taking the time to sense the intensity of your opponent as you twist, manipulate, throw, pin, and commit yourself to the hardest of practice in Aikido.

Beyond that, you have reached into the red zone of mental awareness and let the beast come out to play. Something that many people do thinking it is intensity, while it is merely the savage instinct of our humanity we attempt to keep under control.

Think about it?

When you are most intensely training ... are your thoughts clear, your senses heighten, and everything around you slowed down? OR ... do things turn into a blur, the moment is taken up with emotion, the movements are prompted by the survival, defense, while you ride the rage of pent up emotion?

The difference between training without injury, and causing injury of a few degrees of motion, and feeling the tension of your training partner as manipulate, or use them to do Aikido. It would be nice to know they know the difference between training in safe margins, verses training outside of safe margins?

There will allways be some bumps and bruises, maybe some strained muscles, but breaking bones, causing serious injury?

Maybe we should work on pain reception at a lower level of practice ... it is an excellent way to teach you how to not cross margins of safety.
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