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Old 12-09-2000, 11:05 PM   #1
Dojo: http://ctr.usf.edu/aikido/
Location: Tampa, Fl
Join Date: Nov 2000
Posts: 100
I HATE to even bring this up......however......what do you guys mean when you mention "style"??

Isn't Aikido, AIKIDO?? I realize there are different organizations, but Aikido doesn't really strike me as having different "styles". The "Ki Society" is a little different than say, ASU, Tenshin or USAF---but "styles"???

Please explain??

Christopher Martin
University of South Florida Aikido Club
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Old 12-10-2000, 01:04 AM   #2
Dojo: Long Beach State Univ. Seidokan Aikido Club
Location: Torrance, CA
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 13
Yes, Aikido at its core is the same, wherever you practice. We all follow the same principles and practice in the same spirit of O'Sensei.

The different "styles", IMO, refer to the small differences. For example, Seidokan (the style I practice) does not usually practice atemi or have the need for uke to do a break fall to save him/herself from a technique, unlike Aikikai.
There are probably a lot of other differences, but I don't know enough about the other styles to comment.

Hmmmm, this could get interesting. If you don't mind sceptoor, I'd like to add to this thread:

If your dojo practices anything you think is unique, I'd like to know.

I hope I'm not way off base in my reply. If I am, I apologize.

P.S. Seidokan has its roots in Ki Society.

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"Don't just stand there, do SOMETHING! The fact that you may have failed doesn't matter, it's HOW you failed. Go down swingin'."

Scott Tanaka
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Old 12-10-2000, 04:51 AM   #3
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
Location: Northern Ireland
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I have previously trained in 'styles' where I have thought the aikido ineffective. I think every individual walks a different path in aikido. You have to be sincere to yourself and make sure what you are doing means something to you.

I consider myself to come from a different 'style' from the instructor I currently learn from. However it is teaching me a lot about my previous assumptions in combat (although I have not forgotten previous tips). Courses are great for getting an insight into what other people are doing, but at the end of the day aikido is your own and no-one elses; I like to try everything and work out what's best for me.

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Old 12-10-2000, 11:54 AM   #4
Location: Atlanta, GA
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 563
I think all of the different "styles" came about, simply because as ntoed above everyone interprets Aikido differently... the last thing O'sensei said to my sensei the last time he saw him was, "Make Aikido better, but don't change the principles. Whatever you do, don't stray from the path of aiki". Which is what these instructors are trying to do. Incorporate their experiences and knowledge into their Aikido to try to improve it, but not to change it so much that it is no longer Aikido.

My "style" of Aikido, in the Wadokai organization, shows my Sensei's experience in karate, using kicks as atemi if needed, along with jujutsu and ne-waza, with kick defense, etc. That is how he improved Aikido, and hopefully we in the coming years can do the same.


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