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Old 07-01-2004, 05:18 AM   #8
Zoli Elo
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 67
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Re: aikido w/o any of the trappings

The greatest insights that I have had in regards to aikido, came when I was "training" with a group of yudansha (a 5th dan, two 4th dan, and three 2nd dan) ex-government folks. I was the only one that wore a dogi and hakama, as they all felt fine in sweats. We had no shomen, did not bow at all, no fees, and no tests, plus we called each other by our first names. Other then my attire the only "trappings" was that the 5th dan got to pick most of the techniques that we practiced... However, that could have also been for other reasons...

The most fun, was almost had there... My aikido club was just a bit more,... Mine.
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