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Old 11-13-2008, 11:25 PM   #26
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Re: Things To Tell A New Aikido Student

102. While it's (initially) helpful to visualize the movements before executing them, make sure you're NOT staring at the floor, your feet, at the ceiling - in short, anywhere but your uke.

103. That is an impressive fighting stance - but this is how we stand in aikido.

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Old 11-14-2008, 07:17 AM   #27
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Relax and enjoy the Aikido ride
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:02 AM   #28
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Take your shoes off!
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:46 AM   #29
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Re: Things To Tell A New Aikido Student

And your jewelry.

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Old 11-17-2008, 08:12 PM   #30
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107. Learn to roll.

Learn to roll standing, kneeling, and from seiza position.
Learn to roll forward and backward from all positions.
Stay loose and roll like a ball gracefully, flowing, silently.
Learning to roll well will help keep you safe and it's fun!!
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:45 AM   #31
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109: ENJOY YOURSELF training should be enjoyment yet at the same time serious.

for me thats the first thing I mention then I work into the other 108 already mentioned
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Old 11-18-2008, 05:10 AM   #32
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109 Stop worrying about the fact I am a girl, seriously it will only serve to anoy me if you say I don't want to hurt you. Believe me I am not going to let you cause permant damage so get on with it.

110 Its your job as uke to try and hit me. Its my job as tori to avoid getting hit.

111. If someone looks like they are going to hit you then move. You don't move then you have no right to complain if the punch/strike/grasp lands.

112. RELAX! (Something I am trying to remember myself I admit.)
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:05 AM   #33
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Keep your grip strong till I tell you to let go
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:22 PM   #34
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I know I'm late to the party but #27 Shomen-uchi. LIKE YOU MEAN IT!
really made me smile. I have this awful habit of a. not hitting hard enough and b. hitting way off target. My sensei and the sempai will actually stand there and let me thwack them to ensure that I'm on target.

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Old 11-21-2008, 04:52 PM   #35
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113. Respect the dojo.

114. Respect the Sensei like any other teacher in a school, or leader. There is no special moral,ethical or wisdom training in Aikido to be a sensei. Sensei's shouldn't be put on pedestals. They have a responsibility to the students to be professional and respectful, etc. But not all are.

115. If you feel you are being treated poorly or purposely injured or do something you are uncomfortable doing, or a bad gut feeling about the sensei, no matter what rank or title, or popularity, or the dojo or the members, don't go back stay away and keep yourself safe. Find another dojo. This is probably the most often given advice here for many issues presented. ( besides not coming back and this goes without saying that if your are a victim of a crime or a tempted crime committed inside or outside the dojo by the sensei or the members, you should immediately contact the police like in any criminal situation. There is no psychological, moral or ethical screening,or background check, or special professional training in these areas in Aikido to become a sensei or join a dojo, also anyone can open a fraudulent dojo, calling it Aikido ).

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Old 11-21-2008, 09:43 PM   #36
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116. I know you can move me because you're stronger. But can you move me without using your strength?

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Old 11-22-2008, 06:15 PM   #37
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N+1: It's OK to move your feet.
N+2: It's OK to ask questions.

We have met the enemy and he is us.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:55 AM   #38
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Pay your dues on time!!
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:14 AM   #39
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120. Go to Seminars

Seminars are a wonderful time to develop new friendships, strengthen current friendships, and expose yourself to a different Sensei who may present a different or new way of doing or looking at something that may make a light go on. Someone gave me the advice that If you go away with just one good piece of of advice or new food for thought then it is money well spent!

121. Go to an Aikido Summer or Winter Camp

I went to camp for the first time this year and I went to the Summer camp in Colorado and met so many wonderful people. I had classes from Hiroshi Ikeda, Frank Doran, and others that offered wonderful training in Aikido. I especially enjoyed meeting and having classes from Mitsugi Saotome. Go to camp!!

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Old 12-01-2008, 03:20 PM   #40
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Try not farting during warm up. although it is funny it distracts me because i try not to laughing.
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:52 AM   #41
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122. Attack me like you mean it. If I get hit that's my problem for failing the technique.
123. DON'T lean on or against anything! You have 2 feet to stand on and 2 knees to kneel on. If you're sore, tired, complacent...GET OFF THE MAT! (Sorry, it's a pet peeve).
124. Trust your Sensei and trust your Sampai. Our goal is not to hurt you.
125. You're here to study Aikido...do it. We respect you may have other arts, but you're not here for that. Do not practice them on the mats.

When you bow deeply to the Universe, it bows back. - Morihei Ueshiba
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:49 PM   #42
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126: You will always hear, "No, switch your feet. Now turn. Other way. Good, but your hand goes there."

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Old 12-12-2008, 09:27 PM   #43
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127. Stop thinking. Just do it.
128. Learn all you can about aikido. It will enrich your practice and help you to understand the things people never say.
129. Stop trying to impress me (or whoever it is you're trying to impress).
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:59 AM   #44
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130. I am so glad you are here.
131. I remember feeling really confused...it gets better.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:38 AM   #45
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My favorites have already been posted by Angela! Especially when the newbie is bigger than me.

132. Um..., my head is over here. (after a shomenuchi that lands 6 to 10 inches to my right or left)
133. No, really, you're trying to control my hand. Try to keep me from moving. (during katatatori techniques).
134. Don't worry, we'll go really slow. I promise I won't hit you... this week.
135. I'm really glad you came tonight (use name or make sure I leanr their name!). I hope I'll see you again next class.

...not as evil as I could be
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:45 PM   #46
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136. Keep Tylenol or Motrin for pain in a small bottle in your bag or car. It helps if you are feeling sore or have some ache or pain before or after class. Consider buying generic acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin) to save money.
137. Keep a box of bandaids in your bag or car. I like to keep a couple of different size bandaids in a ziplock bag in my training bag.

Doc

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Old 12-23-2008, 01:44 PM   #47
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138. Oh, your knees are bleeding? Use methylated spirits to clean up the stains from the mat.

Warning: Do not bend, fold or otherwise abuse... until we get to the dojo..


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Old 01-02-2009, 08:54 AM   #48
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139. So-called advanced students learn just as much from newbies (whether they know it or not) - so don't feel bad about "using up their time"
140. We are all beginners
141. Train with everybody at every practice
142. At seminars, train with everybody except students from your own dojo (do compare notes afterwards).
143. If you don't know your partner's name, present yourself. Do so at each technique until your know everybody's name.
144. Do likewise with the name of techniques, attacks, direction, etc.
145. Get yourself some zoris and keep your feet clean (whatever is brought unto the tatami with the feet, you can bet your face will be pressed into it)
146. Ditto with sweat (except use a cloth, not the zoris...)
147. Don't worry if you hear 'oh yes, that hurt good... do it again'. You'll be saying the same soon enough.
148. Helping out with the running of the dojo is part of practice
149. Pay your dues on time (even ahead of time...)
150. Outside the dojo, resist the urge to show what you've learnt - rather invite those friends to the dojo to watch or try for themselves

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