Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > Columns

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Comment
 
Column Tools
  #176  
Old 11-07-2010, 08:42 PM
Lynn Seiser
Username: SeiserL
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,711
 
Location: Roswell, GA USA
Dojo: Roswell Budokan, Kyushinkan Dojo, Aikido World Alliance
United_States
Offline
Lynn Seiser's Avatar
Mindful Modeling and Mentoring

Breathe in, model
Breath out, mentor
Mindfully

I must admit that I tend to agree with Charles Barkley when he says that he is a basketball player and not a role model. I would hate to think...
__________________
Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!

Last edited by akiy : 11-07-2010 at 08:25 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 02:00 PM   #175
Mary Eastland
 
Mary Eastland's Avatar
Dojo: Berkshire Hills Aikido
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,196
Offline
Re: Mindful Modeling and Mentoring

Quote:
Lynn Seiser wrote: View Post
Part of my reality perception of my skills has to do with what level of models and mentors I compare myself too. As I have been advocating, I tend to aim very high.

Thoughts?
Yes, I do have some thoughts. I don't compare myself to anyone because I am not interested in what I think...I am interested in how it feels. I train....I know I am better than I was. Every day and every uke is different. I am the common facter to be explored in each instance. How can I relax ? Accept? Blend?
I am the best me I can be each time.
I think I understand what you are saying better now though. Thank you.
Mary
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 02:56 PM   #176
jonreading
 
jonreading's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido South (formerly Emory Aikikai)
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 892
United_States
Offline
Re: Mindful Modeling and Mentoring

Thanks Lynn, I appreciate the comments.

Ikeda Sensei is something of an oddity (right now, Endo Sensei also falls into this category for me). He is one of those instructors who is almost impossible to decipher because of his skill and experience; he has to exaggerate his movement for anyone to figure out what he did. I remember seminars from years back where he would demonstrate something, say "understand?" then have all us idiots (nodding enthusiastically) go run off to do something that was almost completely not what he was doing. He was so freakin' good no one really knew what or how he worked - I think during this time he would have been difficult to emulate as a model of aikido. I'd give him some time... if he keeps doing what he has been doing he'll have a group fall in line and they'll have something to share with us.

Over the last several years Ikeda sensei has refined his seminars (personally, I think his time with Ushiro Sensei has a lot to do with his changes). His more recent seminars have been some of the most interesting and useful seminars I have attended in recent years. Ikeda sensei is one of those instructors who teaches kihon in his kihon waza and you feel like an idiot because he talks about it like we've been doing it all along... but we haven't. It makes me feel like those elitist college kids that drop names at a coffee shop and you answer just to feel cool. "Well, you've read Keats, of course?" "Yeah, she's awesome." Dang.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 03:57 PM   #177
SeiserL
 
SeiserL's Avatar
Dojo: Roswell Budokan, Kyushinkan Dojo, Aikido World Alliance
Location: Roswell, GA USA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,711
United_States
Offline
Re: Mindful Modeling and Mentoring

Quote:
Jon Reading wrote: View Post
Ikeda Sensei is something of an oddity (right now, Endo Sensei also falls into this category for me).
So what do we have to do to get them in the ATL on a regular basis?

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 04:03 PM   #178
Peter Goldsbury
  AikiWeb Forums Contributing Member
 
Peter Goldsbury's Avatar
Dojo: Hiroshima Kokusai Dojo
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,997
Japan
Offline
Re: Mindful Modeling and Mentoring

Quote:
Lynn Seiser wrote: View Post
So what do we have to do to get them in the ATL on a regular basis?
What is ATL?

P A Goldsbury
_______________________
Hiroshima, Japan
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 06:24 PM   #179
SeiserL
 
SeiserL's Avatar
Dojo: Roswell Budokan, Kyushinkan Dojo, Aikido World Alliance
Location: Roswell, GA USA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,711
United_States
Offline
Re: Mindful Modeling and Mentoring

Quote:
Peter A Goldsbury wrote: View Post
What is ATL?
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Do you ever get our way?

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2010, 09:36 PM   #180
Peter Goldsbury
  AikiWeb Forums Contributing Member
 
Peter Goldsbury's Avatar
Dojo: Hiroshima Kokusai Dojo
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,997
Japan
Offline
Re: Mindful Modeling and Mentoring

Quote:
Lynn Seiser wrote: View Post
Atlanta, Georgia USA

Do you ever get our way?
Well, since the IAF General Secretary lives in Boulder CO, right next to Mr Ikeda, there is a possibility. Perhaps in 2011 or 2012, which will be ten years since the first Aiki Expo.

PAG

P A Goldsbury
_______________________
Hiroshima, Japan
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2010, 06:26 AM   #181
SeiserL
 
SeiserL's Avatar
Dojo: Roswell Budokan, Kyushinkan Dojo, Aikido World Alliance
Location: Roswell, GA USA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,711
United_States
Offline
Re: Mindful Modeling and Mentoring

Quote:
Peter A Goldsbury wrote: View Post
Well, since the IAF General Secretary lives in Boulder CO, right next to Mr Ikeda, there is a possibility. Perhaps in 2011 or 2012, which will be ten years since the first Aiki Expo.
I attend every Ikeda seminar I can and have for years.

The 3 Aiki Expos changed me and my Aikido. If Pranin Sensei does it again, I will certainly be there.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2010, 10:04 PM   #182
crbateman
  AikiWeb Forums Contributing Member
 
crbateman's Avatar
Location: Orlando, FL
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 1,446
Offline
Re: Mindful Modeling and Mentoring

Quote:
Lynn Seiser wrote: View Post
The 3 Aiki Expos changed me and my Aikido. If Pranin Sensei does it again, I will certainly be there.
From your lips to O'Sensei's ear, Lynn-san, but alas...
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

Budo Bear Patterns - Sewing pattern for Women's (and Men's) dogi.



Comment


Currently Active Users Viewing This Column: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Column Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new columns
You may not post comment
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:47 AM.



Column powered by GARS 2.1.5 ©2005-2006

vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate