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Old 07-23-2005, 01:41 PM   #51
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

I saw it and loved it.

I think that for some people there's a part of them that recognizes something NECESSARY in aikido, though they may not be able to properly verbalize at the time.

To incorporate a Terry Dobson piece: Why go through the hassle unless you need it like a drowning man needs a raft?

That's deep enough for a Saturady I think, back to girls and beer.
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Old 07-23-2005, 08:14 PM   #52
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

I started doing aikido for the following reasons:

1. It is similar in some ways to things that I have a lot of background in like wrestling and football.
2. Aikido is a good workout and is interesting and fun.
3. to do a martial art because I travel a lot and wanted to learn some basic self-defense.
4. To improve my overall health if possible- I am a cancer survivor trying new things
5. To learn something completely new and foreign
6. To be a student again - I have been coaching and teaching for many years
7. To learn to move gracefully
8. because older people can do it
9. because having short legs is not a disadvantage

that's it.
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Old 07-28-2005, 03:33 PM   #53
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

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If Mel Brooks did "Robin Hood - Men in Tights", do you think he might agree to do "Aikido - Men in Skirts"? I would volunteer for a role in the movie. Anyone else want to join me?
"Ah, I see your schwartz (substitute a bokken?) is as big as mine" - ooops, sorry, wrong Mel Brooks movie ; still a classic though!
Count me in!
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Old 07-28-2005, 11:43 PM   #54
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

Sigh....

Because I knew of my desire to beat the crap out of people who generally annoy me and figured aikido was a good way to avoid lawsuits.... You know, control not harm.

Actually, because I am peaceable at heart, with a wicked justice streak and was afraid I would use martial arts to avenge myself on people.... You know, walk away.

Well, actually, because the guy who invited me to come watch the martial arts class he taught was very cute.... You know...well, at least the women do.

Okay, because I saw it and loved it and wanted to know it.

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Old 07-31-2005, 01:11 PM   #55
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Mark Walsh wrote:
I saw it and loved it.

I think that for some people there's a part of them that recognizes something NECESSARY in aikido, though they may not be able to properly verbalize at the time.

To incorporate a Terry Dobson piece: Why go through the hassle unless you need it like a drowning man needs a raft?

That's deep enough for a Saturady I think, back to girls and beer.
Mark
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Now I know why I joined it, its right here! (not girls and beer, the drowning man needs a raft thing!)

If there is no wind, row!
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Old 08-11-2005, 06:17 AM   #56
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Smile Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

....because I didn't want the friend I was originally driving to class, to beat me up...

...because I DID see Jedi in there!

...Because when I enter, I'm always better when I leave.

To quote Goodman Sensei on my third class: "Come, join us!"

Joy...Beauty, Grace, and 'skywalking lessons!'
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Old 08-11-2005, 06:28 AM   #57
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

strange thing is, I was kinda young to appreciate Aikido when I started. You know kids, 15 years old, just Segal on TV wanted to do some moves. I quit for awhile because I never understood it.

But when you grow up things change I guess. Beauty, Grace, Self defense and I speak for myself : there's just this "absorbing" sort of quality in Aikido........ Once you've understood why you do hand grabs and cooperate, why the basics are always grounded into your skull, and what the martial art is all about, you just love it.
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Old 04-23-2006, 12:04 PM   #58
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

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Think on it from the bright side, your company can save on the security bills... and that will be favourable to the said company bottom-line which in effect will be good for your year end bonus, ain't it?

Boon.
i wrk in asda, sumtimes as a greeter on the door (bit like a security guard, ppl who shop in asda or wallmart will know wat im on bout) nd i thought if im chasin sum1 like nd they go 2 hit me i wnt 2 be able 2 look afta myself. the same goes for when im out. dunt mess with the aikido guys!!!

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At the foot of the mountain
All those who reach the top
See the same moon.
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Old 04-26-2006, 09:46 PM   #59
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

cuz I LIKE pain?

Dance your cares away .... worry for another day ... let the music play .... down in fraggle rock!

when bored ... do as I do. Poke a patient!
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:50 AM   #60
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

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cuz I LIKE pain?
Ahh.. but don't forget, to give is better than to receive.

There is an art to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
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Old 04-27-2006, 06:30 AM   #61
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Ahh.. but don't forget, to give is better than to receive.
What is it with you Dorset gals??

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Old 04-28-2006, 03:43 AM   #62
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

mmmmmmmmmmmmm i joined aikido cos damn there are some cute guys

some things are so dear and so precious you have to let them go
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Old 04-28-2006, 04:22 AM   #63
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

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mmmmmmmmmmmmm i joined aikido cos damn there are some cute guys
Where have they gone?

Just curious


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Old 04-28-2006, 06:50 AM   #64
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

because, eventually, i get to wear a skirt and still look cool!

"No matter your pretence, you are what you are and nothing more." - Kenshiro Abbe Shihan
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Old 04-30-2006, 04:24 PM   #65
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

Because every time I messed about fighting with my boyfriend (now ex ) I would be thrown across the room! I had to find some way of retaliating....

There is an art to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
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Old 04-30-2006, 06:35 PM   #66
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Because every time I messed about fighting with my boyfriend (now ex ) I would be thrown across the room! I had to find some way of retaliating....
angela i think in that case a nut cracker would be the order of the day

some things are so dear and so precious you have to let them go
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Old 05-01-2006, 06:53 AM   #67
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

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because, eventually, i get to wear a skirt and still look cool!
Like Steve, I too like to bring my weekend cross-dressing into yet another aspect of my life......

Aikido doesn't work? My Aikido works, what on earth are you practicing?!
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Old 05-01-2006, 07:06 AM   #68
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Like Steve, I too like to bring my weekend cross-dressing into yet another aspect of my life......

mmmmmmmmmmm i think you guys just wear these "skirts" to cover up those knobbley knees

some things are so dear and so precious you have to let them go
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:03 AM   #69
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

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mmmmmmmmmmm i think you guys just wear these "skirts" to cover up those knobbley knees
Yeah.....knobbly knees.........right......

Aikido doesn't work? My Aikido works, what on earth are you practicing?!
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:15 AM   #70
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Yeah.....knobbly knees.........right......
either that or you guys have horribly hairy legs

some things are so dear and so precious you have to let them go
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:46 AM   #71
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Re: Top 10 Reasons Why You Joined Aikido

Because I look darn sexy in a skirt!

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Old 05-01-2006, 09:05 AM   #72
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Because I look darn sexy in a skirt!
ooooooooooooo lets see then

some things are so dear and so precious you have to let them go
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Old 05-01-2006, 09:10 AM   #73
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either that or you guys have horribly hairy legs
Yup, Sasquatch in a gi, that's me...
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Old 05-01-2006, 09:29 AM   #74
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Yup, Sasquatch in a gi, that's me...
heehee mmmmmm well that i will have to see for myself

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Old 05-01-2006, 10:39 PM   #75
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I was trying to get a pic posted, but it's way to small. Doesn't show just how good I look. That's ok, don't want to make you all jealous.

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