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Old 05-14-2017, 11:18 AM   #1
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Exclamation I'm thinking about retiring from martial arts/aikido...

It only seems to get me in to trouble. I've done martial arts, in some form or another, for over twenty years. I now can do Ikkyo, and i feel i have Aikido 'down' now. Sure I haven't spent every week slaving in some sweaty club, repeating the same patterns over to ad infinitum. But I have been to enough of these clubs, to see how the ego runs supreme in them.

And to all of you who act offended, that i challenge your sacramount, discipline, no your martial art isn't better than any other. Kung Fu, tai chi, chi gung, pastry, running, boxing, splitting, shaking hands, and refusing to shake hands... what about english, spitting lyrics, or telling stories or saying thankyou?

Or watching tv, or playing computer games, or drinking beer, or refusing to smoke cigarettes, or having sex, or making love, all of these are part of the global chi.

Getting to know a woman's body.

I don't need to pay a weekly fee, to get what god gives me for free. I don't need your f ing association, to award me my grandmaster title. Hell i was a chess grandmaster, before martial arts had even stolen this term, And that is the god's honest truth.

Like i said, your martial arts couldn't stop a bullet.

And let me add a disclaimer, this rant isn't aimed at all of you.

For those of your who will stop to buy a big issue, or shake the hand of a big issue seller, someone who has to sleep in the cold, on a door step, i salute you.

But to those of you who have never brought a paper from a homeless man, i really don't have time for you.

Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is a gift for all men (and women), from our heavenly father.

But what is that, a promise from beyond the grave.

Slap me, and i will slap you back. Aikido is changing, martial arts are changing. Some of us are sheep. Some of us are commanders,,, which are you?

Rant over.

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Old 05-14-2017, 04:58 PM   #2
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Re: I'm thinking about retiring from martial arts/aikido...

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Some of us are commanders,,, which are you?

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I'm neither of them.

Best of luck to you. I'm sure you have made the right decision for you at this point in time.
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Old 05-14-2017, 05:06 PM   #3
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Question Re: I'm thinking about retiring from martial arts/aikido...

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I'm neither of them.

Best of luck to you. I'm sure you have made the right decision for you at this point in time.
did you even read the rest of my post robin?

your reply would suggest not...
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Old 05-14-2017, 06:04 PM   #4
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Re: I'm thinking about retiring from martial arts/aikido...

I read your post - twice. I am neither of those either. Best of luck to you. It sounds like you are making an excellent decision.

Michael
"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:25 AM   #5
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Re: I'm thinking about retiring from martial arts/aikido...

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did you even read the rest of my post robin?

your reply would suggest not...
I read it. I thought it stood on its own merit and didn't need me to poke my nose into it. I just wanted to wish you well.
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:19 AM   #6
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Re: I'm thinking about retiring from martial arts/aikido...

If you want to leave, no explanation is necessary, respectfully bow-out and leave the dojo.

Lynn Seiser PhD
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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 05-15-2017, 01:34 PM   #7
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Re: I'm thinking about retiring from martial arts/aikido...

John, none of us train with you. None of us can hinder you, or want to. None of us dispute your choice of path. Go in peace.
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:49 PM   #8
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Re: I'm thinking about retiring from martial arts/aikido...

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If you want to leave, no explanation is necessary, respectfully bow-out and leave the dojo.
Thanks Lynn and Mary. I'm considering re joining when i have some more time and money.

I need to re find my centre.

And the centre of my universe.

And the centre of family life, one particular one, but let's keep this civil?

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