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Old 01-30-2005, 10:30 AM   #5
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Dojo: Aikido of Petaluma, Petaluma,CA
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 834
Re: Poll: Do you currently care what your aikido looks like?

Well as a lifelong dancer and professional model, Sometimes I get a little to obsessive with how my movement looks. My dojo is shared with a ballet school and one of what I consider my greatest aikido successes is that while I am in the dojo, the mirrored wall Does Not Exist.
If I try to control how my aikido looks, I will easily get my neck broken from trying to split my attention between uke and the mirror. If I concentrate on how it Feels, and do the technique without struggling or putting my foot up somebody's hakama, I'm willing to bet I look just fine.
Except of course looking dorky cuz I'm still in gi pants.


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