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Old 04-02-2007, 10:40 AM   #26
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Hi folks,

I thought I'd revive this thread and ask the question again of everyone here:

If you could send a message back to yourself when you were first starting to train in aikido, what advice would you send back?

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Old 04-02-2007, 11:08 AM   #27
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

I'd probably tell myself something like,

"Your friends only listen to you when you talk about aikido because they love you. Stop running your trap so much and ask them more about what they're doing."

"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 04-02-2007, 11:16 AM   #28
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Relax, breathe, and have a good time. This is going to take a lot longer than you thought. But, it will be worth it.

Lynn Seiser PhD
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:30 PM   #29
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Don't be such a perfectionist. Relax and just enjoy being there. Savor the time and don't take yourself so seriously.

Keep your life balanced. Don't spend all your nights at the dojo.

If you happen to meet someone and get involved in a romance and they don't have good relationship with their parents and you don't get invited to visit, treat that as a warning sign. Also you will hit plateaus in your akido progress, be patient and keep training, you will make breakthroughs. Also finding yourself on a plateau in a relationship is not the same thing, you are either moving forward or moving out. Patience will only delay and make the pain greater. Make your self a priority in either case. You are responsible for your own safety. Trust but always stay alert. Always be ready for the unexpected atemi.

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Old 04-02-2007, 04:44 PM   #30
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Either

1. Stop doing Aikido and find a good Judo teacher

or

2. Leave Japan and move to Arizona NOW.

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Old 04-02-2007, 08:24 PM   #31
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Do not forget about aikido. Look for a new Dojo. There might just be one. You can't control the other stuff in life but you can do this.

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Old 04-03-2007, 02:18 AM   #32
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

"I can't believe how stubborn and arrogant you are..."

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:00 AM   #33
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

And I'm still telling that to my present self too...

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Old 04-03-2007, 03:29 AM   #34
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

don't stop training, she's not worh it!
of course, at the time, i would've asked myself back, "who isn't?"
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:14 PM   #35
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"you're not that good...get over yourself"

more to myself after a year of training than right at the beginning
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:27 PM   #36
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Preserve your body......

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Old 04-03-2007, 11:16 PM   #37
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Two things:

Shut up and listen to your body, nobody can tell you what works for you. Find your own aikido.

Don’t get heartbroken when all the people your age quit. Some of your best friends will be 20-40 years older than you.

"Always practice in the spirit of joy"
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Old 04-04-2007, 04:11 AM   #38
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Firstly I'd go back and tell myself to take my friend up on his offer of taking me to the dojo sooner. Secondly i tell myself not to worry you won't feel like you have three left feet and no sense of balance after the first month or so.

Well not all the time anyway .

I'd probably also tell myself the same things I tell myself at every session. Have fun, don't rush, you're learning even if you don't think you are.
Then again i'm only 18months or so into training so advice from my future self would be appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2007, 06:27 AM   #39
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You are doing fine.....
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:51 AM   #40
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Don't believe their crap! Your teacher is not a daimyo! Look elsewhere now before it's too late! Aikiken is not kenjutsu! Run away!

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Old 04-04-2007, 10:29 AM   #41
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

BUDO IS NOT MUSCLE! Deep breath, relax, experience the moment (not you just me, but me and my partner).

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Old 04-04-2007, 04:39 PM   #42
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

'shut up and practice'
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Old 04-04-2007, 05:26 PM   #43
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

"42"

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Old 04-04-2007, 05:37 PM   #44
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Quote:
Jerome Cervantes wrote: View Post
'shut up and practice'
Ditto.

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Old 04-05-2007, 05:17 AM   #45
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"Treasure yourself. Keep going."

In gassho

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Old 04-05-2007, 09:32 AM   #46
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Only have one pie.

peace and love

jo
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:47 AM   #47
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Smile Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Relax & don't beat yourself up if you don't get it right away, it will come.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:41 AM   #48
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When I first started aikido I had no idea what it really involved other than it was a Japanese martial art..... that was it! A black belt seemed to me something you got after about 20 years as I didn't really understand what ranking was really all about.... but I soon got into it and did not worry about what grade I had as I was handling things pretty well having found it easier than judo, boxing, karate and gung fu that I had practised before.... After around 3-4 months I secretly felt and knew that I could outmanouver those that had been there 2-3 years practising within the club I was in at that time, even though I only had a few aikido techniques (I kept quiet about the other stuff that I had previously done). The black belt running the club at that time made a reasonable impression on me and actively encouraged me to go all out for it... as he sussed out I could do more than I was letting on.... This I have done ever since.... including a bad time that I went through after a bad accident on the mat in 1979 which took 2 years to overcome.
My own advice to me.... do as you did before... practice as hard as you can but with a little more of your own safety in mind!!
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Old 04-08-2007, 02:50 PM   #49
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just do it.
enjoy
no mind.
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Old 04-08-2007, 04:10 PM   #50
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Just Do It...like Nike...

What if there are barrier's that prevent you from getting what you want?

Preventing you from Just doing it...

Then what do you do?...
Improvise?
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