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Old 06-05-2008, 04:19 PM   #48
Mike Sigman
Location: Durango, CO
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 4,123
Re: new Ellis Amdur piece on aikido journal

Ron Tisdale wrote: View Post
As Mark has pointed out, the people who will have the hardest time are individuals trying to bring this into their own practice in dojo that aren't necessarily taking the same focus. There will be some struggles, but as I said before, I kind of consider that part of the training.
I, along with a lot of other people who have posted on the subject, agree with that. If you get your eyes opened and you suddenly start trying to practice these things in a dojo where the teacher and other students don't know these things, you either need to quit bother trying to do them or you need to quit the dojo. You're doomed, if you're trying to learn.

I went and looked at a local dojo as a potential place to workout/exercise and after watching the way everyone moved, I knew it would be a waste of time and frustrating to join. Peer pressure would eventually cause friction because I "wasn't doing it the way Sensei showed us", etc. Conformity will kill you.


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