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Old 09-09-2002, 10:31 PM   #3
jeda
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 42
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When I was beginning, I was feeling a bit discouraged that I really wasn't absorbing anything.

I was talking to my stepmom about my frustations and her advice went along the lines of this:

Think back to the time when you were learning to drive a stick shift. Your mom suffered whiplash. The car stalled several times out of first; the timing of your feet was not quite right for a time.

With time and practice, your feet know what to do. Driving a clutch is no problem.

The same holds true for aikido. Everything is going to be off for a time. After nine months for me, a few things come smoothly, more than a few don't. Just keep going.
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