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Old 12-07-2002, 03:40 PM   #26
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it is true i used to be really sad a love ralf harris mainly for his art but to keep fitr he practiceed aikido.

hope he was better at it than his music though!

with out the heart there can be no understanding between body and mind and if u have never linked ur self to true emptiness you will never comprehend the full dimension of aikido.
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Old 12-24-2002, 03:04 PM   #27
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Elkie Brookes (singer - "Pearls A Singer", etc. - best known in the 70s) is 1st Dan (Shudokan) and trains in Devon. She got her 1st Dan quite some time ago, and although still trained, she never tested again.

I didn't know that Sean Connery trained Aikido. I know that some time after "Live And Let Die" he was at a show in the Theatre Royal, Stratford, London, for a charity night called, "A Night Of The Stars". My late Master had been invited by Joan Littlewood to give an Aikido display there. After the show Sean Connery came in to Master Stratton's changing room saying how impressed he had been with the demo. It would nice to think that started him off in his interest in Aikido.

Also, Reuben. For you I would think Master Thamby Rajah should be a celebrity Aikidoka, as it was he who first brought Aikido to Malaysia in the 50s. His dojo is in Seremban and I have trained with him a number of times, both in the UK and on 2 trips to Malaysia. It is worth it.

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Old 12-24-2002, 05:34 PM   #28
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Just seen a magician on TV called Criss Angel do the old push me over ki trick, maybe another celebrity Aikidoka?

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Old 12-27-2002, 07:07 PM   #29
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I didn't know that Sean Connery trained Aikido. I know that some time after "Live And Let Die" ...
Err, I meant "You Only Live Twice!"

Hey, it was late!


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Old 01-04-2003, 02:38 PM   #30
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hi chuck.just out of curiosity how long ago was it that sean connery said he was nidan on the tonight show
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Old 01-05-2003, 10:27 PM   #31
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hi chuck.just out of curiosity how long ago was it that sean connery said he was nidan on the tonight show
A while ago; probably when he was doing the talk shows to publicize "The Rock"; that's 1996.

And he pronounced it "eye-kid-do"

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Old 01-07-2003, 07:12 AM   #32
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hi chuck the eye-kid-do will probably be his dodgy accent (im not saying the scots accent is dodgy just his) you know the way hes says "yes" as "yesh" and "shimple ishnt it" sort of thing
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Old 01-07-2003, 11:44 AM   #33
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According to a few websites Jonny Lee Miller from the film Trainspotting also practises Aikido.

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Old 01-25-2003, 05:29 AM   #34
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I keep forgetting his name! Its something Paul. He plays Duncan Macload in the TV series Highlander, and the new si fi series called the Tracker. He is constantly using Aikido technics in his show. I can't count the times I seen him use a tenkan or an Irimi move in his shows.
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Old 01-27-2003, 10:56 PM   #35
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I keep forgetting his name! Its something Paul.
I believe it's Adrian Paul. Don't know if he actually practices though.

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Old 02-02-2003, 01:42 AM   #36
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I believe it's Adrian Paul. Don't know if he actually practices though.

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Yes Adrian! Thanks! Apparently he does. I don't know his rank though.
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Old 06-11-2003, 04:44 PM   #37
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Kelly,

I remember Adrian Paul using Aikido moves in the series. I thought that sounded familiar when you first mentioned it. However, it could be just good choreography by the lead stunt man in the series.

I've seen many movies with aikido moves but not nessecarily an aikidoka doing the technique. /shrug

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Old 06-11-2003, 05:07 PM   #38
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I remember Adrian Paul using Aikido moves in the series. I thought that sounded familiar when you first mentioned it. However, it could be just good choreography by the lead stunt man in the series.
I mentioned Philip Akin in my previous post in this thread. If I remember correctly (since I've never seen the show), Philip played a character named Charlie in the Highlander television series. As I mentioned before, Philip now holds a 5th dan in Yoshinkan aikido. I wonder if he had any input into the choreography in the show...

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Old 06-11-2003, 05:09 PM   #39
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in germany HAS to do aikido this is a rule in german acting schools
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:39 PM   #40
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Re: Celebrity Aikidoka

Peter Sagal of NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me."
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:15 AM   #41
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Re: Celebrity Aikidoka

Anyone mention Edward Norton yet? He lived in Japan and did aikido.

http://www.japantoday.com/jp/newsmaker/97

I think Jackie Chan trained in Seagal's dojo in Osaka. Richard Norton and Chuck Norris also learnt aikido.
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:27 AM   #42
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Re: famous aikidoka

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Loundon Wainwright III, father of Rufus

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Yes, I remember Loudon being on the mat at a weekend seminar with Yamaguchi Sensei in England in the 1980s. He wore a hakama, and I think someone mentioned that he was sandan at the time. I practised with him just the once, and remember him feeling very strong and soft.

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Old 10-12-2007, 11:02 AM   #43
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Re: Celebrity Aikidoka

Alex,

Were you around when Michael G Wilson was practising? I distinctly remember training with him in Ryushinkan (in Albany St) when I was still in England, between 1975 and 1980. I have looked him up on IMDB and he is still around--his connection is with the James Bond films, though I do not know whether he still practises aikido.

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Old 10-12-2007, 11:22 AM   #44
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Re: Celebrity Aikidoka

Celebrity Aikidoka??? Are you kidding??? LOL I live in Malibu California...and work in the Film Biz

We have quite a few celebs over the years, but since they're still practicing I am not mentioning any names.

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Old 10-12-2007, 12:35 PM   #45
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Philip played a character named Charlie in the Highlander television series.
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Philip recently got a lot of good press for his most recent work - playing the title role in Othello in Stratford On..

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Old 10-12-2007, 02:17 PM   #46
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Re: Celebrity Aikidoka

Othello?? hmmm, no aikido in that one...



Best, and to Philip as well,
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:43 PM   #47
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[quote=Ron Tisdale;191591]Othello?? hmmm, no aikido in that one...

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But he does have to kill off Desdimona (sp?)
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Old 10-12-2007, 03:05 PM   #48
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Re: Celebrity Aikidoka

Back in about 1985 I used to hang around Seagal's dojo in the Valley sometimes for fun.... this was around the time he was getting his first movie deal - Rickie Lee Jones used to practice there, don't know how long she studied though.

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Old 10-13-2007, 02:11 AM   #49
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Re: Celebrity Aikidoka

I remember reading years ago in a music magazine that Dave Mustaine from Megadeth studied several martial arts, including Aikido.

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Old 10-13-2007, 06:43 AM   #50
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Re: Celebrity Aikidoka

Louie Bellson, one of the all time great jazz drummers is an Aikidoka. He and Buddy Rich are to most drummers two of the most important players in this field of music. Buddy Rich - now deceased - was a karateka. He did a skit on the Mppet Show once where he appeared in keikogi and smashed a board etc. Louie Bellson has been more low-key about his aikido practice. I found this text on the Net when Googling Bellson:

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I first heard about Aikido when I was 18 years old. I was attempting to make my way as a Jazz drummer, and I was attending a drum clinic by my favorite drummer at that time, Louie Bellson, (the guy who invented the double bass drum way back when). I have been in awe of this guy for years, have seen him play several dozen times by then, and was taking private lessons from his brother. What was striking about him, I noticed then, that although he can play faster, cleaner, and more precise than any young whippersnapper on the scene, (at this time he was well into his 60's) he was always so relaxed, smiling, present, and happy. It seemed that the faster he played, the more relaxed his shoulders became, the more calm his breaths, the more peaceful his smile. He was able to pull off a one-handed drum roll, that sounded as smooth, and, if he wanted, as quiet as the tearing of rice paper. He is of same era as the more famous, Buddy Rich, who, although a master no doubt, I always felt that their styles were so different, Buddy being far more aggressive, his face held tight in a constant grimace, cocky and arrogant. (I later learned he practiced Tai Kwan do) Anyway, after the seminar, I asked Louie for advice on how a mere mortal could possibly learn to do what he does. He replied, "Well, have you ever heard of Aikido"? As I had not, he explained briefly that by relaxing completely, with his energy focused below his navel, feeling his weight underside, and extending his energy, which is called Ki, outward, and feeling the joy of what he is doing, and allowing himself to smile, all things were possible. He explained that he had studied Aikido, a mostly amazing practice that had a lot to do with the development of his art of drumming. A few short months later, back in Boulder, Co, my roommate, a guitarist, comes to me with an ad in the paper, saying, "Isn't this that thing that Louie told you about"? Indeed it was, and the next week we started a class with Kashiwaya sensei."

In Aiki,

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