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Old 08-31-2003, 10:11 AM   #1
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
Ki Symbol in or out

~~Are you more extroverted or introverted and how does this face effect your Aikido learning/practice?

~~i.e.,I'm more of an introvert and so don't care much who I train with or even where or what MA. I'm studying myself inside and how I'm figuring out (or not) principles of movement. I need very little 'hand-holding' or praise, etc. I do a lot of study on my own, not just what I get in the dojo.

~~That sort of thing. So why do I reach out and post regularily here if I'm an introvert? More foder to internalise and examine, I guess, and an unbounded curiosity. Introverted does not = antisocial

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Old 08-31-2003, 12:14 PM   #2
Dojo: Baltimore Aikido
Location: Baltimore
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 586
I'm more of an extrovert. That means that I was always eager to teach -- well before I was really ready -- and that the road to learning to when NOT to teach has been, so far, a long one.

I don't know whether it's about being an extrovert or an introvert, but I really care who I work out with. I try not to 'play favorites', but it sure does affect my Aikido experience.

Yours in Aiki
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Old 08-31-2003, 11:19 PM   #3
Dojo: Seigi Dojo
Location: Jakarta
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 247
i'm always open for discussion and critics because i believe other people point of view is sometimes useful to correct ourself.
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Old 09-01-2003, 10:23 PM   #4
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Dojo: Aikido Bukou
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 240
I'm definitely an introvert by nature, but at times -- very VERY extroverted (some here who know me could agree). Maybe bipolar, but that's such a Year 2000 buzzword, who knows.

My approach is different -- I tend to focus on my skills and deficiencies and try to enhance them. I also focus on what I can use to help other people. My training, I guess, samples both sides of that coin then.

And, introverts especially like the internet.


Phillip Johnson
Enso Aikido Dojo, Burnsville, MN
An Aikido Bukou Dojo
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Old 09-01-2003, 11:16 PM   #5
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Location: Florida Gulf coast
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,888

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 09-03-2003, 11:31 PM   #6
Lan Powers
Dojo: Aikido of Midland, Midland TX
Location: Midland Tx
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 660
Introverted........but still fairly gregarious......being introverted may affect a persons analytical approach to learning. ( i need to spend time in thought on techniques )

I like the point Paula made of "studying myself inside" That seems very in tune with my own veiwpoint.

Hopefully I will be able to continue to develope into a more "harmonious" person.


Play nice, practice hard, but remember, this is a MARTIAL art!
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Old 09-04-2003, 12:03 AM   #7
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Dojo: Jitsuyo Bugei
Location: Manila
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 61

"Masakatsu Agatsu"
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Old 09-04-2003, 10:59 AM   #8
Location: South West UK
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 216

I would say that I want to run before I can walk, so I know my fault in that respect, also I act on it. I make myself listen and train as taught, which finally I think is taking effect on the first few forms I've done.

But when it comes to free practice I really go for it, lots of techniques and variations, I guess my personallity shows more. Also I'm alot more relaxed and as such extend more Ki, so my technique is better, well I think so anyway.

I think Aikido caters for both.

"Minimum Effort, Maximum Effciency."
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Old 09-05-2003, 01:36 PM   #9
Kevin Masters
Dojo: Woodstock Aikido
Location: Mount Tremper, NY
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 85
A wannabe extrovert.


I show up. I train. Once in a while I make personal connections or I beat myself up later if I don't.

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