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Old 10-21-2004, 06:19 PM   #21
Zato Ichi
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 129
Talking Re: "No Ego in Aikido" News Article

Larry Camejo wrote:
So... Hori-san since you're at Shodokan Honbu can you toss this idea to Nariyama Shihan and get his views? You can tell him Peter thought of it.
Don't worry Larry. As we're just a sport, I figure I might be able to convince Shihan to go all the way! By the time you arrive for the World Championships, I hope for the following to be in place:
  • First and foremost, the afformentioned aikicheerleaders ("Gimme a 'sho'! Gimme a 'men'! Gimme an 'a'! Gimme a 'te'! What've you got?!? SHOMENATE!!!" <insert pompom (or fan as suggested by Michael Cardwell) waving here>)
  • Having coverage on a major network, with play-by-play and colour announcers ("A beautiful aigamaeate there, Bob!" "I don't care where you're from, Jim, that had to hurt!")
  • WWE-style enterances for each aikidoka, complete with pyrotechnics and theme music(I call LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out)
  • Endorsements ("I'll only ukemi on Adidis mats!" "My Nike dogi gave the comfort and maneuverability to take the gold!")
  • Set up something with a casino in Vegas, so we can get some betting action going on ("10:1 that Sakai's going to win the men's enbu with a oshitaoshi. 20:1 if it's from seiza!")
  • Protesters outside for some extra publicity and controvery (Ideally, chanting some kind of slogan like "Put the ki back in aikido!")

(PS With my luck, this post is somehow going to get back (behave, Peter ) to Nariyama Shihan and I'm going to end up doing continuous randori geiko with all the sandans and above for an enitre lesson or three...)

Last edited by Zato Ichi : 10-21-2004 at 06:22 PM.
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