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Old 07-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #27
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Dojo: Wasabi Dojo
Location: Houston, TX
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 292
Q1) "How long have you been practicing Aikido?"

A1: Time since I began was 37 years ago, but that's a big illusion, as I took a 20 year break to go away and kick & punch stuff.

Q2) "What is/are the name(s) of the other art(s) you are currently practicing?"

A2: Now, I really only "practice" aikido (Tomiki's) and judo. I've done some crosstraining in BJJ, but I'd consider that really just judo training, in specialty naewaza classes. Feels that way.

Q3) "How long have you been practicing the other art(s) concurrent with your training in Aikido?"

A3: started the judo in '95, so it's been 18 years now. Yes, about that.

Q4) "What ratio of time do you devote to each art (ie. how many days a week are spent practicing Aikido, how many days in the other art(s)?)"

A4: Usually 3 days aikido, 2 days judo. Hardly ever less than 2 days each.

Q5) "Is the focus/goal of your cross training:
a) to complement your practice of Aikido
b) to broaden your knowledge/overall skill as a martial artist in general
c) other (if so, what?)"

A5: Really, to make my aikido better and comprehensive across different combative intervals (maai or mai ai, depending on which redneck spelled it to me. I need to ask Peter Goldsbury what it Actually is...). Point being, I see myself as an aikido practitioner who plays judo for fun, exercise and the cross-training elements of the different distances for techniques. It also helps with my predilection to my timing being "late," since I don't see so well.

Q6) "If you believe that the current art(s) you are cross training in is/are benefiting or complementing your practice of Aikido, could you please describe how?"

A6: As noted above.

Q7) "Can you think of any ways that your current cross training may actually be detrimental to your practice of Aikido and if so, please describe how."

A7: Tendency to get competitive comes out, as it is inherent in judo.

I find it interesting that the kanji character for kuzushi illustrates a mountain falling on a house.
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