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Old 07-25-2002, 07:20 AM   #26
mike lee
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Cool a dose of common sense

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This is exactly the kind of thing that I was looking for.
From my experience, more practice and less intellectualizing leads to greater understanding when skill is involved.

I would equate it to a physicyst who spends years trying to learn how to ride a bicycle through the use of theories and mathmatical formulas, while outside his window young children who are just learning how to add and subtract, quickly learn to ride with just a little practice and determination.

Even top racers like Lance Armstrong don't need a Ph.D. in physics to win the Tour de France.
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Old 07-25-2002, 04:05 PM   #27
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Re: a dose of common sense

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Mike Lee (mike lee) wrote:
From my experience, more practice and less intellectualizing leads to greater understanding when skill is involved.

I would equate it to a physicyst who spends years trying to learn how to ride a bicycle through the use of theories and mathmatical formulas, while outside his window young children who are just learning how to add and subtract, quickly learn to ride with just a little practice and determination.

Even top racers like Lance Armstrong don't need a Ph.D. in physics to win the Tour de France.
"Bunbu ichi" - "military matters and literary matters are one". Fairly well known Japanese maxim, and one adhered to by many well known figures - where would we be if Morihei Ueshiba had forgone study with Deguchi in favor of training with Takeda? I wouldn't advocate skimping on practice in favor of intellectualizing, but in the same vein I wouldn't advocate skimping on intellectualizing in favor of practice either.

Lance Armstrong may not need a Ph.D. in physics to ride a bike fast, but if he ever wants to do more than that he'll have to put in some study time in addition to his physical training.

And before it comes up, if that's what you're trying to imply, I do actually train a fair amount - haven't had a single rest day in the last 3 months...

It's not the training that's so tough - it's those 20K runs in the Tokyo summers that are the hardest .

Best,

Chris

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Old 07-27-2002, 11:02 AM   #28
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Cool three-liner

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As mid-summer moon rises

Cicada keep time

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Old 08-07-2002, 11:16 PM   #29
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I surrender to the moment, to the YES! of my life no matter its form.

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Old 08-08-2002, 12:34 AM   #30
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Re: a dose of common sense

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Mike Lee (mike lee) wrote:
From my experience, more practice and less intellectualizing leads to greater understanding when skill is involved.

I would equate it to a physicyst who spends years trying to learn how to ride a bicycle through the use of theories and mathmatical formulas, while outside his window young children who are just learning how to add and subtract, quickly learn to ride with just a little practice and determination.

Even top racers like Lance Armstrong don't need a Ph.D. in physics to win the Tour de France.
Actually these days there is no one performing in athletics at the world class level who doesn't have an entire staff of experts supporting their training with the scientific expertise needed to optimize performance. Lance may not have a Phd but he almost certainly has folks who do working with him.

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Old 08-08-2002, 03:53 AM   #31
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Re: One Liners

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Christopher Li (Chris Li) wrote:
gThere is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet.h

OK, without starting any religious wars, the above is a pretty good one line summation of Islam.

What would be your one line summation of Aikido and why? What I have in mind is a one line summation that grasps the central core or purpose of the art - I have a pretty good idea what I would say, but I'm curious as to what other people think...

Best,

Chris
(Through Aiki) Blend to create harmony.

(could be added)

First within one's self and then everything else as you become the universe.

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Old 08-08-2002, 09:47 AM   #32
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Freaky! seeking corporate sponsorship

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Actually these days there is no one performing in athletics at the world class level who doesn't have an entire staff of experts supporting their training with the scientific expertise needed to optimize performance. Lance may not have a Phd but he almost certainly has folks who do working with him.
Great input George! Perhaps I'll hire an army of experts to support my aikido training. But since I'm not independently wealthy, I'll need a sponsor. Armstrong already has the US Postal Service -- perhaps the FBI or the CIA will sponsor me. If not, maybe I could entice some companies like Nike, Coke, or McDonald's. Of course then I'll have to wear their logos on my gi. Could end up looking like one of those Brazilian jujitsu guys! But hey, then I'd have a shot at being world class!

One-liner conclusion: Modern aikidoist need corporate sponsorship to progress in their art.

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