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Old 06-04-2008, 08:39 PM   #26
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Re: No Gi Aikido

lol! that is awesome! Glad O'sensei is turned the way he is, I wouldn't want to see his KI projection full on.

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Old 06-04-2008, 09:16 PM   #27
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We practice very Tuesday night without gi. Mostly, people wear jeans and a t-shirt. In the summer when we are practicing outside we don't wear gi. I didn't wear a gi until about a week before my fifth kyu test. Gi, no gi, whatever.

"Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:54 AM   #28
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Re: No Gi Aikido

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lol! that is awesome! Glad O'sensei is turned the way he is, I wouldn't want to see his KI projection full on.
In "Angry White Pajamas" Robert Twigger recounts the anecdote that O-Sensei used to tell his students to test their "KI projection" by being able to punch a hole through a shoji (paper screen) using a certain "bodily function"

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Old 06-05-2008, 08:04 AM   #29
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Re: No Gi Aikido

Nice post Dr. Cito. (I actually love it) It seems to be a good illustration...Would be hard to find waterfalls in the city though...(natural or man made)

...also I would probably discourage the wet look...
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:08 AM   #30
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Hey guys, thank you for all your thoughts. What seems to be an initially dry topic is quite building its pace...

BTW, who's the partner of O Sensei in that picture?

We did some training at the beach before but not really while in the water...

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Old 06-05-2008, 08:15 AM   #31
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The guy in the waterfall with O-sensei is his son, Kisshomaru.

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Old 06-05-2008, 04:10 PM   #32
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Thank you Jonathan.

I wonder if the current aikikai doshu does the same? or did he practice this with his father?

Pictures anyone...?
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:05 AM   #33
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Re: No Gi Aikido

Found this conversation, and would like to give it a bump. The manner in which people can train, and the changes and progressions being made to it, are related - and contribute to - a topic I've started, Third Wave Aikido.

Our group's been training outside all summer, and people are just dressing in comfortable clothing. I often have on a dress shirt and shorts - because that's what I usually wear in the summers. There's even one of the guys who wears a distressed straw cowboy hat.

There is no ritual or bowing. We train informally, and shake hands upon meeting and departing.

I certainly still think there's a place for kieogi and hakama, but I think it also can create a barrier. I've seen a marked progression in the movement abilities of people when they can dress how they want and what they find comfortable. They remain in their "everyday energy," rather than suiting up and feeling like they have to become something more formal, or a character from another culture and time period.

It's allowing the training to be much more accessible, and people have been responsive.

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Old 09-21-2014, 10:51 AM   #34
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Re: No Gi Aikido

Personally I like the dogi and the rei of training but .....

Every now and then you should go out and practice outside the confines of the dojo. The first time I did this my aikido literally collapsed - I did not feel nearly as competent as I normally did.

Once you realized the difference - you can adjust your training.

Years ago one of my teachers of Nihon Kempo (read armored MMA) did not believe in warming up because he wanted to be ready for a fight at any moment. On a certain level that makes a lot of sense. We use our environment to mentally define our training and hence how we react.

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Old 09-28-2014, 08:05 PM   #35
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Re: No Gi Aikido

We do "real world" classes sometimes where we all wear shorts and t-shirts, or sweat pants and t-shirts, or even slacks/khaki's and long-sleeve shirts.

Once people get over the "weirdness" of practice while not "looking like practice" it's all fine and normal.

But, I draw the line at wearing my suits on the mat. Do a big long roll= torn sleeve from shoulder seam, I'm certain.

I find it interesting that the kanji character for kuzushi illustrates a mountain falling on a house.
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Old 09-30-2014, 01:59 AM   #36
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Perhaps it depends on what your goals are in training for Aikido and if you are there for personal development, fitness or self defense training? If its for self defense training then no gi training should be an option as should small circle aikido techniques in confined spaces.
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Old 09-30-2014, 08:50 AM   #37
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Everybody does no gi aikido, it's called a "dojo party".
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