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Old 02-15-2006, 07:11 AM   #226
Edwin Neal
Dojo: Ronin
Location: Henderson, North Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 597
Re: Self-defense art?

thanks Sean, a lesson we all must learn... pay attention to your surroundings... i'm glad it turned out okay for you... and your point about ukemi was indeed very valid IMHO, after years of intense ukemi i feel many aikidoka can 'absorb' or blend with alot of physical force... thanks for your thoughts...

Edwin Neal

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Old 08-13-2012, 06:08 PM   #227
Chris Evans
Location: Berkeley, CA.
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 169
Freaky! Re: Self-defense art?

Daniel Hulley wrote: View Post
wait you dont get jedi powers from training in aikido, damn I am so out!
You may get Jedi powers over your own mind doing zazen (shikantaza/mo-zhao) daily, under the guidance of a trust worthy Zen teacher, but I am under the delusion that dedicated aikido practice with an open minded martial arts sensei, along with jujutsu or hapkido "cross-traiining," will be fun and is likely to be useful when faced with the need to save a life, while unarmed.

Perhaps as I gather confidence with my budding aikido, I may drawn down near-daily punching and kicking practices, but I doubt that since the aikido sensei Henry Ellis, of the UK, teaches his aikido kata to practice hard atemi, running, and many push-ups.

Aikido training has given me the beginner's energy and enthusiasm that I hope will last a while as I have fun attempting to balance all that's worth repeating in my life.

OK, time to walk my talk...


"The state that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting by fools."
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:22 AM   #228
Chris Evans
Location: Berkeley, CA.
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Talking To decrease time, go slower initially

Lynn Seiser wrote: View Post
IMHO, yes Aikido is still a martial art, therefore important and useful in a self-defense situation.

It takes longer because you not only have to learn a different way to move, but also a different way to think. The change and unity of body and mind is not a simple task.

To decrease time, go slower initially and learn the technical tactics and the strategic principles and concepts.
OK, I'll do that" "...To decrease time, go slower initially..."

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