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Old 03-12-2005, 07:30 PM   #1
Meggy Gurova
Dojo: Chowa
Location: Sofia
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 50
Talking In relationship with aikido

I've been thinking a lot about how to get people to start training aikido. In another forum I've been discussing this with other people and I agree that one of the very best ways for beginners to find out about aikido is to know a person already training.
But then I'm thinking of myself and some of the people from our dojo, we are friends outside the dojo and do things together. I almost don't have contact with the "real world". Sure I go to school and I work but I don't make friends with those people for some strange reason. And when I read in forums I notice that many people do the same. There are a lot of people meeting their partner in aikido. I think it can be hard for a person very devoted to aikido (like myself) to have the time to make friends from other places then the aikido world. Here in Sweden the statistics show that last year there were less people training aikido than the year before that. So I was thinking, are we living in a closed circle where only other aikidokas are allowed? What do you think about your lives? How can we make things better?
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Old 03-13-2005, 12:22 AM   #2
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Dojo: Aikido Zenshin Dojo
Location: Edmonton
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 187
Re: In relationship with aikido

I have plenty of friends who are not into Aikido. As a matter of fact most of my friends have no interest in Aikido, and I'm sure I bore them when I start talking about it. When I get to the Dojo, people obviously are there to train and we are all friends but we don't spend alot of time socializing outside the dojo.
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Old 03-13-2005, 12:29 AM   #3
Lorien Lowe
Dojo: Northcoast Aikido
Location: California
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 289
Re: In relationship with aikido

Meggy Gurova wrote:
I almost don't have contact with the "real world".
what do you mean? You said you train in Aikido, so of course you have contact with .....ohhhh, you mean that other place? Don't worry too much about it. It's only good for discussions about whether aikido would work 'on the street.'

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Old 03-14-2005, 08:38 PM   #4
Dojo: Roppongi Yoshinkan Aikido / Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
Location: Tokyo
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 571
Re: In relationship with aikido

Lorien Lowe wrote:
what do you mean? You said you train in Aikido, so of course you have contact with .....ohhhh, you mean that other place? Don't worry too much about it. It's only good for discussions about whether aikido would work 'on the street.'


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Old 03-15-2005, 04:31 AM   #5
Amir Krause
Dojo: Shirokan Dojo / Tel Aviv Israel
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 688
Re: In relationship with aikido

When I just started, I tried to convert all my friends to my (then) new-found hobby. But as the years pass, I found out Aikido can remain important to me, even if most of my friends (and my wife) find no interest in it.
Some people are attracted to M.A. some of them are attracted to Aikido, I wish I could explain why, but I simply can't. Practicing in Aikido should not become the most important element in your character, one should maintain his involvement in society as hard as this can get at times

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