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Old 02-28-2003, 09:59 AM   #3
Dojo: Federación Mexicana de Aikido
Location: Mexico City
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 188
The way I currently interpret aikido is something along the lines of : We are all on the mat to learn and to learn in a safe environment. The safe environment things is paramount for me, as I've taken steps back, instead forward since last night. Second, Aikido is about trusting your partner to take care of you and vice versa.
Your interpretation is correct, still some newbies treat their ukes like dummies instead of people...
Admittedly I am head shy and skittish and thus require patience from those Nage and Uke with me. Generally my training partners are understanding of this and work with me slowly. All save for one, who "does not play well with beginners." He moved too fast for me and once again hurt me. To top things off he applied a full bar to my elbow and cranked my shoulder and wrist way too far. I understand that he is more advanced then me, but really there is no need to break me!
There is always advice is either avoid him or call this to the attention of the instructor.
With a beginner like me, why be so physical? If I blink and I'm twisted up on the ground , there is no way I'm going to learn the technique that bloody fast. My attitude concerning actually stepping onto the mat has changed-- I want to train , but there is the nagging fear of being hurt again. I feel like all the confidence that I had has suddenly evaporated
The goal of aikido is to manage energy in the most efficient manner, no more and no less than needed, thus nage´s response should be proportional to uke´s intention. To little and you won´t be able to break his/her balance, to much is overkill and uke may slip away or counter.

I don't mean to complain… I'm trying to make sense of the mistakes at both ends. I screwed up in not properly conveying that my shoulder and wrist were still injured and not putting down a firm enough boundary. But somehow I feel like there is more I did wrong…
If you are hurt, rest. As Uke be honest and don´t try to resist Nage´s response, because then he will try to push through, using brute strenght instead of proper technique. If you comply and he still insists...tap hard or yell and report him to the instructor.
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