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Old 01-11-2007, 10:33 AM   #176
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I'm working on 'round'. Please don't tell me I'm eating all those cakes for nothing!
Round is way hott baby...

You might be an Aikido addict if you think round is hott
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Old 01-11-2007, 02:34 PM   #177
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You might be an addict if you spend your whole hour in web design looking at this web site...
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Old 01-14-2007, 08:38 PM   #178
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... you play the same Youtube clip every time you go online.

.... you dread clearing your browser cache because you know it will take forever to redownload the aforementioned clip (yes, I still have dialup).
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:39 PM   #179
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Re: You might be an Aikido addict if ....

you have your own shomen in your room ( scroll, O'Sensei photo and a weapon stand)
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:45 AM   #180
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i must say, i think i am an aikido addict!!!
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:07 AM   #181
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When for a second consider Irimi or Tenkan while entering a crowded round about with you car
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:15 AM   #182
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... when you keep thinking ....

nice Tenkan ....
nice irimi ...
oooh... she could'ave put up a nice Ryote dori Iriminage on him'

while watching 'Dancing with the Stars"!
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:20 AM   #183
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or when ur wife about to hold ur hand (in an intimate moment).... then .... she suddenly withdraw it knowing ur expected, by now, reflex .... nice Katate!
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Old 01-16-2007, 01:21 PM   #184
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Re: You might be an Aikido addict if ....

When you're the only one who tested on Tuesday night....that shows up for class on Wednesday. Rarin to go!!!!!

1st Kyu! Woo hoo!

Karen
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Old 01-16-2007, 02:16 PM   #185
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Congrats!

Best,
Ron

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Old 01-16-2007, 04:18 PM   #186
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WOW! Congratulations! Hoodyhoo!!!
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Old 01-17-2007, 11:33 AM   #187
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When you're the only one who tested on Tuesday night....that shows up for class on Wednesday. Rarin to go!!!!!

1st Kyu! Woo hoo!
Look at you! Keep at it, and have a good time.

"The only difference between Congress and drunken sailors is that drunken sailors spend their own money." -Tom Feeney, representative from Florida
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Old 01-17-2007, 02:16 PM   #188
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Thanks, Ron, James, and Rigel! I had a really fun time at my test. Imagine that!

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Old 01-18-2007, 12:16 AM   #189
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thats hilarious because about a week ago my wife and i were in a rite aid and she came up behind me and put her hand on my shoulder and i got her in a sankyo hold.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:38 PM   #190
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You have to catch yourself as you almost say, "Yes, Sensei" to your college (art) professor.....

Karen
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Old 01-19-2007, 06:38 AM   #191
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... you are bummed out by the fact that you have gone more than a week without going to Aikido class.

... you started this thread and post a message just to bump it.
a WEEK! you think a single WEEK without aikido is bad? i'm in my SECOND YEAR at uni and therefore away from home and my aikido club, i train obsessively when i'm home to try and get a fix. there is a dojo in my adoptive city but it's at the other side of town and for some reason my friends worry about the city's thugs and don't like the idea of me getting the bus home alone after training, weird people. i do jujitsu and kobudo at uni so at least i'm doing something but i think the people i train with there can tell when i'm going into withdrawl, i start picking holes in the techniques and last timeend up grappling with a 3rd dan, i would have had him too except sensei was coming over to see what was going on.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:44 AM   #192
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You're sitting in your office talking... your chair breaks sending fly backwards... UshirioUkemi comes into play and your hands slap the carpet without even thinking... you marvel at your ukemi before you even think to wonder what actually happened.... or why your coworkers are laughing.
similar but not
doing jujitsu because it's better than doing nothing, you're taught a new throw (ricebail?) and the first time you do it your momentum is such that you ushiro ukemi right over the 1st dan training you, releasing your choke hold and coming up ready to slam him head off the tatami if he looks at you wrong, then are told, "you're only going for orange you aren't supposed to go that far, but if you want to then just roll to your knees then punch him in the face."

a few more
you automatically drop to seiza to recieve instruction, even when that's not the done thing when practicing a different art

you knee walk around despite the weird looks from all around you

every time you walk over a certain piece of ground you have the irresistable urge to mae ukemi (i haven't yet, only because it's at work, and i work in a student bar, but it's a perfect place for ukemi practice, carpeted for a little give, suitable length and width and yea, i'm addicted)

one of your housemates reminds you that "we're both english, so speak english" because you prefer the term ukemi to roll
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Old 01-21-2007, 05:24 PM   #193
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Well, I've taken my son (who often comes to class with me and hangs out on the edge of the mats) into the aikido abyss with me!

One of his classmates had a birthday party at the skating rink this afternoon. It was my son's first time roller skating ever. OUCH!
As I approached teaching my son to skate, anyone overhearing would've thought they were in a dojo:

When you fall backward, tuck your chin! Tuck your chin! Keep your head up!

When you fall forward, don't fall onto your wrists! Spread out the impact!

Keep your center! Keep your center!

OK, do what Mr. Bob (the sensei) does! Fall like Mr. Guy! Fall like Mr. Dave!

(BTW, score one for me: I roller skated for the first time in 12 years and actually held my own! )

And, the Japanese terminology: a) odd looks from other parents b) my son understood!

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Old 01-21-2007, 08:10 PM   #194
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a WEEK! you think a single WEEK without aikido is bad? i'm in my SECOND YEAR at uni and therefore away from home and my aikido club, i train obsessively when i'm home to try and get a fix. there is a dojo in my adoptive city but it's at the other side of town and for some reason my friends worry about the city's thugs and don't like the idea of me getting the bus home alone after training, weird people. i do jujitsu and kobudo at uni so at least i'm doing something but i think the people i train with there can tell when i'm going into withdrawl, i start picking holes in the techniques and last timeend up grappling with a 3rd dan, i would have had him too except sensei was coming over to see what was going on.
One year? I didn't do it for sixteen years before I succumbed to withdrawal and came back.
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Old 01-21-2007, 08:21 PM   #195
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.... you are contemplating (I haven't made any plans yet) a 1,646 mile (2633.6 km) multi-part round trip road trip to follw your sensei to a seminar he's going to teach in Cincinatti.
...You not only did that trip in '05, but again in '06 and, well, right now!

... You are going to take Sensei's advice to try and swing through Wright Patterson AFB's museum on the way home.

(Ok, the second is not really about Aikido, but I'm taking his advice!)
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Old 01-21-2007, 08:59 PM   #196
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(BTW, score one for me: I roller skated for the first time in 12 years and actually held my own! )

And, the Japanese terminology: a) odd looks from other parents b) my son understood!
Rigel,

You might get a kick out of something I wrote last year:

http://www.aikidoeast.com/aikidoeast...rticle_4.shtml

Karen
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Old 01-22-2007, 01:23 AM   #197
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Karen! I liked your article. I kept thinking, "Exactly!" Oh, and add a big appreciation for having mats to land on!

Maybe we should have our next dojo parties at a roller rink!

All I know is, I held my own respectably, but I am definitely looking forward to the next chiropractor appointment!
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Old 01-22-2007, 06:59 PM   #198
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... If the only Aikido class you've ever missed was due to a information session on a test that, if passed, will allow you to become licensed in the field that you've spent the past 3.5 years studying.

... If, after 4 months, you're still upset for missing that class.

... If you wish you had a larger dorm room to practice rolls.

... If you show up 15 minutes early to practice, set up the entire dojo yourself, and sit in seiza and meditate before anyone else shows up.

... If the aforementioned behavior is routine, and you're upset if you don't adhere to it.

... If you're walking to class in -10 below and, upon spying a fresh 6 inches of snow, you ponder if it would be soft enough to roll on.

... If you've been putting off homework to read this thread.

... If you've been putting off homework to respond to this thread.

... If you think your umbrella would make a really great shinai and have, on more than one occasion, seriously considered bringing it to weapons practice in place of a bokken.

... If you joke with your dojo mates on what a hakama made entirely out of chainmaille would be like.

... If you seriously considered making a hakama out of chainmaille.

and most importantly...

... If you hang around for an extra 15 - 20 minutes after the dojo is cleaned up, with sweat dripping off your back, your throat dry and your body sore, knowing that you have a cold glass of water and a hot shower waiting for you at home, just so you can hang out and chat with the people you unquestionably know are your true family.
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Old 01-22-2007, 08:27 PM   #199
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... If you're walking to class in -10 below and, upon spying a fresh 6 inches of snow, you ponder if it would be soft enough to roll on.
Aikidoka snow angels!

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... If you've been putting off homework to read this thread.

... If you've been putting off homework to respond to this thread.
Ummm, well, yeah, of course. And, I'd add: If you've ever called this forum up onto your laptop screen during a boring lecture!

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... If you think your umbrella would make a really great shinai and have, on more than one occasion, seriously considered bringing it to weapons practice in place of a bokken.
I have an issue of a martial arts journal that contains an article about canes as weapons and also mentioned umbrellas. There are even specially designed canes and weapons specifically for use as martial arts weapons.

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... If you joke with your dojo mates on what a hakama made entirely out of chainmaille would be like.

... If you seriously considered making a hakama out of chainmaille.
OOOOOOOOOOOoooooo, coooooooollll!!! I want one!

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... If you hang around for an extra 15 - 20 minutes after the dojo is cleaned up, with sweat dripping off your back, your throat dry and your body sore, knowing that you have a cold glass of water and a hot shower waiting for you at home, just so you can hang out and chat with the people you unquestionably know are your true family.
Don't we all? I consider it one of the best parts of training!
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:09 AM   #200
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When in army (conscription service & reserves where I live) you get commendations for saving the 12-meter telescope mast (which wouldn't have taken the crash of itself, let alone my 80 kilos plus my combat gear) by taking a forward breakfall into high right-knee front kneel when slipping while hauling it... In a demo... and make it look like the mast was going to be planted at that point so you did it the fancy way...

I still pity thta none of the people watchign the demo had video cameras at hand... I only have second-hand impressions of that breakfall, I was too dazzled by the suddenness of it all.
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