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Old 12-06-2005, 11:57 AM   #13
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Dojo: Academy of Warrior Spirit
Location: tampa
Join Date: Aug 2004
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Re: Poll: How helpful are verbal instructions in learning aikido for you?

My first sensei was an elderly woman with crippling arthritis. She taught beautifully by speaking, and watching - safest classes I have ever attended - since she cried 'Stop!' if something was risky.

She allowed no talking at all, during judo 'randori', which is one on one free play in that art - and is where you are to 'practice your techniques', according to Sensei. For me this was time to 'feel the magic', and pick myself up a lot.

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