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Old 02-15-2006, 08:07 AM   #51
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
Location: Northern Ireland
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Re: Music in the Dojo?

Our training hall is next to a bar, which often has bands practising in it! Thus we get an involuntary taste of music. Probably helps, if only because it stops me talking!

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Old 02-15-2006, 02:22 PM   #52
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Re: Music in the Dojo?

Nick Simpson wrote:
'Off topic, what I have always believed in and could never get a sensei to do, was to conduct training once in a while with everyone wearing their everyday, street atire. We are so used to training aikido in our element, e.g., in our hakama, keikogi, mats, etc., I feel it would be beneficial to see how the mechanics of aikido will work in a real environment so if a situation should arise, one is more aware of how things will be outside the dojo.'

Great idea, I've been wanting to do something like this for a while, I also want to play the tanto - marker pen game and the find the best weapon you can in your house game

Seriously, some aikido techniques are optimal in a dojo environment and not in a "real" environment. Some examples would be that you cannot slide your foot into "ai hanmi" stance on concrete wearing shoes with rubber grips so, your foot has to slightly come up a little more than in the dojo comprimising stability (only minutely). You are also not going to be doing much of suwari waza on concrete either if you can help it.

There are other ideas that come to mind and I think it is good to see some of the limitations that a "real" environment provides and how one might overcome/adapt to the environment. Just a thought.
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Old 01-05-2017, 05:05 AM   #53
Dojo: Morpeth, Northumberland
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Join Date: Oct 2016
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Re: Music in the Dojo?

We often train in sports centres so don't get an option about music, especially when there's gymnastics or something going on elsewhere.

However, my instructor is going to be speaking about aikido on a local radio show and he's been asked to suggest a song which they can play which he thinks represents aikido. We've come up with some interesting suggestions but does anyone have any good ideas?

Something quite mainstream would probably be best!
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Old 01-05-2017, 05:41 AM   #54
Dojo: Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido
Location: Bracknell
Join Date: Feb 2010
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Re: Music in the Dojo?

does anyone have any good ideas?

Something quite mainstream would probably be best![/quote]

You could try " Soft Shoe Shuffle "
( giving my age away with this oldie )

Henry Ellis
Co Author ` Positive Aikido `
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Old 01-05-2017, 08:36 AM   #55
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Re: Music in the Dojo?

Mainstream? That represents aikido? That would make people think about aikido, something that the general public knows nothing about? Seems a bit of a stretch. Use some taiko instead, perhaps. Or shakuhachi or something.
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Old 01-05-2017, 10:40 AM   #56
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Re: Music in the Dojo?

For background music played low I like Bach`s Cello Suites.


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Old 01-07-2017, 09:47 AM   #57
Dojo: Open Sky Aikikai
Location: Durham, NC
Join Date: Apr 2013
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Re: Music in the Dojo?

Mark Freeman wrote: View Post
In my career life as a training consultant, I used music to great effect in the learning environment.
I do not however use music in the dojo, probably because it is just not part of my experience so far.
My question is:
1. Does anyone use music in their dojo, and if so what?
2. If you were to stop for a moment and imagine in your mind aikido being practiced as if you were an observer, what would the soundtrack be?

Just a thought, curiosity sometimes forces me to do these things!

p.s. for me the answer to 2 is Miles Davis
I do Taiji as well, and I had several Chinese art teachers using music. Of course, so does capoeira.

Militaries in the past, drums were used to keep the whole army in the same cadence to improve formation movement. I'd maybe go there for kata work.

I have used Brian Eno, native flute, and music for massage for stretching, meditation. (Not in Aikido class).

Really, a few times I wanted to break a few students of their habit to fall into a rhythm during randori. I have not done this work out yet. Tell everyone to move slowly and peacefully as possible while blasting Rob Zombie. Call for super fast aggressive reps like striking a makiwara with a bokken as many times as they can in a minute while playing dance of the sugar plum fairy. Meditate with random sounds going off at weird intervals. Play with complimentary music too.

If a patient or their family is angry at work, I need to be more calm. When people tell me to stop, that might be the time I need to move faster, when I am told "nothing to see here, " that might be when I need to take a look or act more firmly. I know several students who just fall into a rhythm and reflect their environment. Playing with their environment might be a good way to break them of this.

Finish up with a clip from a bad 80's movie like Iron Eagle where a fighter pilot is twice as bad-ass, stronger and better when he gets to play his music in the cockpit. Finish up with a brief clip from the next movie where the pilot's Walkman jammed so he got blown out of the sky and a new actor took the lead role. Ask the class who needs the correct sound track to succeed in their lives.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:47 AM   #58
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Dojo: Westminster Tenshinkai Aikido Dojo
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
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Re: Music in the Dojo?

No music in the dojo for me....but yes, Chumbawamba Tub Thumping would suffice as a soundtrack. Someone needs to put it to a YouTube vid with technique clips.

Only issue with that is Chumbawamba got knocked down....and never got up again

Chris Sawyer
Fountain Valley, CA
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