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Old 08-22-2003, 01:05 PM   #1
Andrew Wampfler
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I am starting Aikido.

Hello,


I start Aikido in 4 days. This is the first time I will be doing a Martial Art unless you consider wrestling a Martial Art which I have been doing for 8yrs. Is there anything I should know before I start or anything I should read?
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Old 08-22-2003, 01:12 PM   #2
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This is the first time I will be doing a Martial Art unless you consider wrestling a Martial Art
I certainly do. What type of wrestling?
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Is there anything I should know before I start or anything I should read?
Wear comfortable clothes, and show up a bit early.

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Paul
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Old 08-22-2003, 01:17 PM   #3
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I do highscool wrestling.. well I am just going into 9th grade so it will be my first time wrestling on the highscool team. I have been wrestling since first grade.
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Old 08-22-2003, 01:44 PM   #4
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Hi, Andrew, and welcome!

Advice?

Pay attention to whatever etiquette is being displayed by other students and copy it.

Relax and smile :-)

Don't expect to remember individual techniques from one class to the next, as in many aikido dojo a variety of things are taught in each class. Just pay attention to what is in front of you at the moment, and eventually patterns will emerge and you will have "aha!" moments.

yeah...and have fun!

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Old 08-22-2003, 02:33 PM   #5
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Hi Andrew,

You will fit right in. I think your wrestling training will serve you well in aikido, especially on unbalancing uke to apply a technique. Enjoy.

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Old 08-22-2003, 03:17 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help guys. I think the hardest part for me is walking into a room full of people I dont know =)
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Old 08-23-2003, 10:52 AM   #7
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I do highscool wrestling.. well I am just going into 9th grade so it will be my first time wrestling on the highscool team.
Folkstyle, eh? Best of luck in wrestling.

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Paul
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Old 08-23-2003, 11:18 AM   #8
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Andrew Wampfler wrote:
I think the hardest part for me is walking into a room full of people I dont know =)
Consider this, your first lesson in Aikido.

Be confident and honest with yourself, the instructor and your new family. But most importantly, Remain humble!

Welcome to Aikido and the BB.
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Old 08-23-2003, 04:01 PM   #9
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i just started myself. i read all over http://www.aikidofaq.com. thats a cool site. and this board is helpful too. great people here.

i am having a blast, this is my first martial art as well.

janet is right, i've been training for a month now i think, and i cant remember very many names of the techniques, but i can recognize when i see them.

have fun!

from another newbie, later.

Richie Anderson
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Old 08-23-2003, 08:36 PM   #10
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Smile

I've been practicing aikido for about three months, and I love it! It was hard to walk into a room full of people I didn't know, but I've found out that everyone is very and eager to help.

It's been challenging but really fun at the same time.

I think you'll really enjoy it.

Andrea
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Old 08-24-2003, 10:08 AM   #11
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Thanks for everyone thing. I am starting in two days I am really excited!
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Old 08-31-2003, 07:23 PM   #12
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One other thing...

Remember the empty cup philosophy. Leave your wrestling at the door when you enter. I expect you will already have good body awareness and it will help you greatly in the dojo but try to remember that you will not only be learning different techniques but a different philosophy.

I hope you have a lot of fun!

"flows like water, reflects like a mirror, and responds like an echo." Chaung-tse
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Old 09-08-2003, 04:34 PM   #13
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unless you consider wrestling a Martial Art

I do. it will help lots. just remember not to fight techniques.

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Old 09-08-2003, 09:51 PM   #14
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As you begin on the first day. Take the time to attack your sensei at full speed and strength and try and wrestle him down.

If you survive unscath, feel lucky. You have indeed found the right dojo to train in.

If you survived barely... well at least the sensei is tip top on his aikido techniques.

If you didn't survive... you won't need aikido anymore.

If the sensei didn't survive. Congratulations... you just saved yourself from a whole lot of grief and complaining in, about how aikido doesn't work, aikido is about spirituality, what should an uke do, what does a yokomen translate into real life and etc... forum discussions.

Draw strength from stillness. Learn to act without acting. And never underestimate a samurai cat.
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Old 09-09-2003, 05:33 AM   #15
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As you begin on the first day. Take the time to attack your sensei at full speed and strength and try and wrestle him down.
One of the oddest things I've seen written in a while. It suggests that if someone is not capable of beating you, they are not capable of teaching you...a premise that is clearly false.

Further, it sets up an adversarial relationship between student and teacher. I can't imagine that would be healthy in the long run.

Regards,

Paul
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Old 09-09-2003, 11:41 AM   #16
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As you begin on the first day. Take the time to attack your sensei at full speed and strength and try and wrestle him down.
I have to agree with Paul here. This sounds like A Very Bad Freakin' Idea to me.

If I had done this in my dojo when I first started I would:

A. Have been clobbered

B. Have been thrown out without delay
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Old 09-09-2003, 07:25 PM   #17
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has it occurred to anyone that this might have been intended as sarcasm-ie."humor"?

just a guess

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Old 09-10-2003, 12:19 AM   #18
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Jo Adell (Qatana) wrote:
has it occurred to anyone that this might have been intended as sarcasm-ie."humor"?
Aaaahhh Jo, you beat me to it.

Bronson

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