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Old 03-26-2003, 12:54 PM   #26
mike lee
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 646
Cool perfecting love

Someday, we may all meet in aikido heaven. In the meantime, there's a lot of cultivating to be done. I'm just an old fool who's done everything wrong several times over.

Hopefully, I'm no longer a blind fool.

(How's old Jim Galligher these days?)
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Old 03-26-2003, 03:51 PM   #27
Andrew Wilson
Dojo: jiyushikan
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 31
What I have learned from this question, has been fantastic in lots of ways. A friend of mine explained it to me like this.

"but when I hear so many people decrying the current state of martial arts... I have trouble seeing that any of us should be so complacent in what we do to think that we can stand on a pedestal and judge another's practice. I don't think the study of the martial arts have ever been for a single goal, but always there have been as many paths as people walking the paths. And that very diversity enriches our community.

I think those who have made the study an end in itself have always been a minority. That there are many others for whom it is only a means is to be expected. That the latter exist does not diminish the former."

Some of us walk different paths, some of us work on different levels. So long as you are coming to the dojo, and giving fairly decient attacks, maybe you and I will learn something regardless of those reasons.

I never meant this post to come across as an elitest statement. Just some feelings of my own I needed some help to work out.

thank you all for responding

go train

"The wise man, after learning something new, is afraid to learn anything more until he has put his first lesson into practice." - Tzu Lu
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Old 03-27-2003, 12:24 PM   #28
Dojo: UW-L Aikido Club
Location: La Crosse, WI
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 38
I don't know, actually! He retired last year I think (I have a horribly bad sense of time) from UW-L, and shortly thereafter he retired from the club. It's a good thing he retired too. By the end he was involved in so many activities and departments, I think he's earned one heck of a rest. Right now, he's either relaxing at his home, or he's off traveling somewhere. I do recall he had plans to travel. I'll ask Bilby Sensei what he's been up to.

How d'ya know him? Did ya train with him, or is he just an old regular here?

By the way. I reserve the right to be a pompous little twit. Sometimes ya gotta take a break from serious training and just play, as I'm sure you know.

Behind every flaw in technique is a flaw in the mind or spirit
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Old 03-29-2003, 08:48 AM   #29
mike lee
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 646
I practiced a little with Bob and Jim in the late '70s, but I doubt that they would remember me. As I recall, Bob had a lot of knee trouble and could hardly sit on the mat. I think he even stopped practicing for awhile. (That's just what I'd heard.) Spent a summer on a dig with Jim. Used to jog up to the Alpine Inn on Grandad's Bluff three times a week just for fun.

Does the UWL Aikido Club have a Web site yet?
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Old 03-31-2003, 04:21 PM   #30
Dojo: UW-L Aikido Club
Location: La Crosse, WI
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 38
Holy cow. What a small world. (And I thought La Crosse was tiny! )

Nope. We don't have a web page. I don't think Bob and Al Geddicks (who are the co-head instructors) really wanted either the publicity or the hassle. Not to mention the fact that we're a university dojo, so there's a turnover rate and thus there may not always be someone to maintain the site. I'll let ya know if that changes.

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