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Old 12-14-2003, 06:34 PM   #5
Dojo: South West Aiki
Location: Margaret River
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 51
not intimidated. in awe.

if i'd been intimidated i don't think i would have gone back again.

my instructor was more inspiring than anything.

here was this weedy guy who you'd take for an accountant if you saw him on the street, but he was chucking guys twice his size around the room...making them contort their faces in discomfort as he demonstrated wrist locks. he never looked frustrated, annoyed by lack of progress or bored...just projected this strength...

Mary summed it up really well...
Mary Kuhner (MaryKaye) wrote:
In bodysurfing (the closest thing I can think of to aikido in terms of how it feels to me), when you're out beyond the zone where the waves are breaking, even a very large wave will just pick you up and put you down again quite safely. But you definitely feel that you're in the grasp of something much more powerful than yourself.

Mary Kaye
that's exactly it...

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
--Isaac Asimov

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