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Old 06-11-2007, 06:34 PM   #26
Dojo: Tanworth in Arden
Location: Warwickshire
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 20
Re: Fear

Hi Liam,

Depends what your question really relates to...

If you mean fear in class - such as doing a big break fall you need to have trust in your instructor. I used to think "all I have to do is try and hold on, the rest will just happen". You have to put faith in the class and if you are practicing with someone really rough just tell them to be easier on you.

If you mean fear of confrontation in a fight then that is different. The best technique for this is to imagine that someone you love is also with you - i.e. your partner, parents, children, niece etc. We all hear stories of finding extra strength and courage when helping someone else yet can't seem to do it when protecting ourselves. So, to 'train' your mind (which doesn't happen enough in martial arts) I'd advise to imagine how you would feel if a lunatic attacked you when you had to protect a loved one - this will make it easier to switch in and out of this phase when needed and to eradicate any fear.
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:47 AM   #27
Berney Fulcher
Dojo: Roswell Budokan
Location: Marietta, Ga
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 47
Re: Fear

I think that there's a lot of fear to overcome in aikido. You can call it something less, "worry", "trepidation" etc, but it's all fear at its base. Fear of pain (nikyo), fear of falling and injuring yourself etc.

But then I also think that part of the training any martial art provides is training to overcome fear or at least learning to stay relaxed in the face of it. I think aikido does a better job at this than other arts I have tried.
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