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Old 07-20-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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Article: Training to be Vulnerable by "The Grindstone"

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Old 08-11-2006, 03:58 PM   #2
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Re: Article: Training to be Vulnerable by "The Grindstone"

Beautifully put. It's something I've had to try to overcome in my own training. Moreso now that I train with some beginners and fear that they're picking up some of my own old bad habits. Sensei has warned me multiple times that if you fight with a beginner they'll start off on the wrong foot and it gets hard to recover from that (paraphrase). I think you're spot on.
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Old 08-13-2006, 12:47 PM   #3
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Re: Article: Training to be Vulnerable by "The Grindstone"

Tarik thank you SO much for this. Today I am facing the greatest challenge of my aikido career, and it is a completely Off-the Mat situation.I started looking at it this morning as a game of tug-of-war. What happens if you just Let Go of your end of the rope?
Let it in
Dont try to throw them
Don't try to counter
Get off my Position and I get off the Line
Let it go
So simple
So difficult
If I can get through this thing with any semblance of Grace, I will not be afraid of my 2nd kyu test, I will have passed it today. The rest is just technique.


"It is not wise to be incautious when confronting a little smiling bald man"'- Rule #1
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