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Old 09-08-2004, 12:33 PM   #26
Dojo: Lenwakan
Location: São Paulo
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 64
Cool Re: Exercise in addition to Aikido

Capoeira??? They have capoeira up in Finland??? Kewl! Never thought they would! Though I find capoeira can be useful, its a bit too... Err.... They concentrate more on the "Plastic" (looks) than the actual "dance"....

Luis Orozco wrote:
It may not help you very much with the time constraints but capoeira is a very good to keep fit (I can't stand a gym). It's also similar to dancing .
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Old 09-08-2004, 03:25 PM   #27
Dojo: Aikido of Silicon Valley
Location: Fremont, CA
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 248
Re: Exercise in addition to Aikido

I really wish I had some time to restore my yoga practice, but I don't.
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Old 09-08-2004, 06:58 PM   #28
Nick Simpson
Dojo: White Rose Aikido - Durham University
Location: Gateshead
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 916
United Kingdom
Re: Exercise in addition to Aikido

I find running/cycling alongside a regime of weights, situps, crunches, push ups & pull ups, as well as lots of bokken cuts with a suburi bokken to be good exercise outside of aikido (at least for me).

They're all screaming about the rock n roll, but I would say that it's getting old. - REFUSED.
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Old 09-09-2004, 05:40 AM   #29
Dojo: Bristol North Aikido Dojo
Location: Bristol
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 659
Re: Exercise in addition to Aikido

I cycle these days to keep my fitness going plus heavy bag and sparring.

At our summer school 2 years ago someone asked Pierre Chassang what excercises he recommended for warm ups and to compliment aikido practice.

His answer was 'the gymnastics for aikido is the aikido'.

I've interpreted this as a message to adjust your style of practice to produce the type of work out.

If you want a good solid workout then the standard kotai practice with partner taking a very firm grip is good.

For more aerobic work the more flowing jutai practice will be good.

Recently we've spent a lot of time using atemi to create a response from uke and using this to practice dynamically. eg we'll perform ikkko ura from shomen uchi then as uke is rising we'll atemi and use the defending arm for iikyo omote, and again, and again and so on.

This provides a very dynamic workout, the precision goes astray a little but small sacrifice if your looking to develop some fitness. I'd say its a lot closer to the 'alive' practice extolled by the NHB guys since you don't get the perfect attacks that you normally get in the dojo - this can be good since you develop fast responses to the imperfections.

Try it...! Its great for excercise and can generate a real buzz in what can sometimes be a very restrained atmosphere.


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Old 09-09-2004, 06:17 AM   #30
Dojo: Whitefriar Aikido Club
Location: Dublin
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 14
Re: Exercise in addition to Aikido

yoga,yoga,yoga! I can't stretch enough.

I would love to be able to swim!! But the sea is a filthy place these days, and a sight too cold without the dry suit!!

Dancing is good for the heart - and that needs exercise too.
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Old 09-09-2004, 08:47 AM   #31
Dojo: Airenjuku Brighton
Location: On the road - UK
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 515
United Nations
Re: Exercise in addition to Aikido

Depends what you want? By "general fitness" you might well mean areobic endurance. For this anything that raises the heart/breathing rate and can be done for over 20 min, such as swimming, running, hill walking, dancing, horizontal dancing (ok maybe less than 20 min).

As someone said, Aikido (particualry ukemi) should keep you pretty fit!

For muscle definition I can't help ya, not a body builder, a progressive weights regime I guess, though I'm not so sure that'd be good for your Aikido. Maybe a dictionary

On a personal note I think you can exercise every muscle in your body, just using your own body. Gyms are a waste of time. Nature provides

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Old 09-26-2004, 02:17 PM   #32
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 140
Abu Dhabi
Re: Exercise in addition to Aikido

I could also do with some advice on this matter. Unfortunately, I'm housebound (reasons mentioned elsewhere) and can only attend the local Aikido club because it's a short walk from my flat.

Any exercise has to be in the flat. I do have weights and a bench and used to be very fit and did weight-lifting, but now I get very little exercise at all and Aikido really kills me.

Motivation is a problem too - any suggestions?

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Old 09-26-2004, 05:13 PM   #33
Mel Barker
Dojo: University of Louisville Aikido Club
Location: Louisville, KY
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 123
Re: Exercise in addition to Aikido

Iain Smith wrote:
Motivation is a problem too - any suggestions?
Require yourself to go down the stairs and back up between each post on Aikiweb (and any other board) keep a running total on each subsequent post so we can check up on you.

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