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Old 11-04-2002, 12:56 PM   #1
Judd
Dojo: Seattle Ki Society
Location: Seattle
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 49
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Beginner question

I have read about dojo's not emphasizing "realistic attacks", etc. and after my first class (which was sa-weet !)
I noticed that the "attacks" from other students were very gentle. I realize that it was my first class, and was simply wondering if this is because I'm a beginner (no one wants to hurt me) or because everyone else is also beginners (lack of confidence, experience, etc). I was actually trying to give bearhugs and pull people down while practicing techniques (not full force, but I was trying to create some realistic momentum and force). Was that wrong? Should I be gentle in the beginning, or rather, match my fellow students? Does everything get "more serious/real" as time progresses, or is it a individual development thing? No one really said how hard to do things, so I'm just wondering.

Thanks!
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