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Old 03-28-2012, 12:17 PM   #51
Don Nordin
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Re: how do you describe Aikido to people?

I dont really bother anymore, Aikido is for me, if they ask I simply say its the martial art of peace.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:02 PM   #52
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Re: how do you describe Aikido to people?

Describing Aikido...hmmm....depends on whom I talking to. It is not an easy thing to describe to someone who has never seen it. I give a thumb nail sketch. We toss mock attackers around regardless of size and strength effortlessly and pin them; immobilizing them from movement. We are not a malicious or combative martial art. We strive to follow a modern Japanese code of ethics that parallels the same ethics western society upholds. We also strive to preserve techniques developed by the Founder of Aikido. Finally, we are respecting and upholding his spiritual and martial art philosophy. Then pull out the phone or tablet and show them some video's of Aikido. To go beyond that isn't too effective for someone unfamiliar with Aikido. The best thing is to get them on the mat to try it, give them one on one time. Talk with them after experiencing a class. Explain the Founder's philosophy behind Aikido, and his purpose he envisioned for it. Making sure their experience is a positive and personal one.

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Old 03-28-2012, 01:36 PM   #53
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Re: how do you describe Aikido to people?

In my experience, most people know that aikido is a martial art, but that's about all they know. Many think it's a striking art, because that's their general idea of a martial art.

I tell them that it involves pins and throws and that it's a relatively soft martial art (though there is a lot of variation depending on style and lineage) and that a major principle of aikido is to resolve a dangerous situation with minimal destruction of anyone involved.

Many people ask about tournament competition. I tell them that most styles don't compete in tournaments, because most practisioners feel that it would violate aikido principles (see above). When available, I show a few youtube clips to show what aikido looks like.

And I tell them that I love it

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Old 03-28-2012, 02:58 PM   #54
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The last few years I've used "Yoga with a partner who's really mad at you."

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Old 03-28-2012, 03:12 PM   #55
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Re: how do you describe Aikido to people?

Depends who I'd be describing it to.

"Throws, sweeps and joint locks." Probably. People tend not to be too good at listening to complex ideas, at least not when you're saying it to them in person.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:30 AM   #56
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all this time we (in our dojo) describe Aikido as a martial arts of love, where we don't (severely) injure our opponent to protect ourselves.. this approach seems to make people wonder if Aikido can really be used to defend themselves.

we have an embukai coming up and we're thinking if we should stop stressing on the love part and more to the martial part so that people will become more interested. we're hoping that people will understand the love part after they train long enough. what do you think?

how would you describe Aikido to make people more interested?
I often inform the individuals when and where we are training and at what time. I feel it is easier to show than explain. Then you could demonstrate how it would apply in the "real world".
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:38 PM   #57
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I often inform the individuals when and where we are training and at what time. I feel it is easier to show than explain. . .
i always remember that as shibata sensei's response years ago.

He basically said just that. '... Hard to explain. I'll show you on the mat...'

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Old 05-23-2012, 01:15 PM   #58
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i always remember that as shibata sensei's response years ago.

He basically said just that. '... Hard to explain. I'll show you on the mat...'
Fair enough, does it really matter whom said what? I would go blind reading every letter on this particular thread. Thanks for the kind info.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:55 PM   #59
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Fair enough, does it really matter whom said what? I would go blind reading every letter on this particular thread. Thanks for the kind info.
Huh?

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Old 05-24-2012, 06:17 AM   #60
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Huh?
I must have miss read your response, no harm, no foul. I apologize.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:54 AM   #61
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Re: how do you describe Aikido to people?

I'm usually like, "You know Steven Seagal?....It's what he does."
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:05 PM   #62
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Re: how do you describe Aikido to people?

The art/science of off balancing an opponent while keeping one's own balance and minimizing expended energy.
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