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Old 01-10-2017, 03:19 PM   #1
Keke
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Hi from Amsterdam!

Hi everyone,

I have been reading Aikiweb for years but never participated in the discussions. I have been training in aikido in Amsterdam for about 6 years now.

Although I still have many doubts, overall I really enjoy aikido and wish to deepen my knowledge and practice.

Cheers!

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Old 01-11-2017, 09:35 AM   #2
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Re: Hi from Amsterdam!

Welcome Kevin,

Great to have you here. My wife is from Zwijndrecht

What doubts do you have about your training?

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Old 01-12-2017, 07:07 AM   #3
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Re: Hi from Amsterdam!

Thanks Chris.

My doubts are beyond the effectiveness of aikido. I do believe that aikido can be effective. However, I'm disappointed with the lack of uniformity and standardization to reach this proficiency across the dojos.

In my opinion, aikido is too recent and too small (in comparison to other martial arts like karate or judo) to have so many styles and flavours.

Just in Amsterdam there must be at least 10 different dojos with mostly small groups. This makes it quite difficult to train more than a couple of times a week (I tried combining training in different dojos and it didn't go so well). With so many teachers and students we could have a full-time dojo like the aikikai has in Tokyo and New York but instead practitioners are stuck with options that often don't offer more than two classes per week.

I imagine this diversity can be great when someone starts to be very experienced with aikido but let's face it, what's the proportion of practioners training for ten years or more?

Anyway don't let me start with the negative I really enjoy the dojo where I train and I try to attend seminars in the weekend whenever I can. I just wish I could progress faster!

Cheers,
Kevin

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Old 01-13-2017, 11:59 AM   #4
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Re: Hi from Amsterdam!

I understand what you mean with regard to uniformity across the Aikido world

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Old 01-18-2017, 07:27 AM   #5
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Re: Hi from Amsterdam!

Welcome to aikiweb, Kevin.

Quote:
Kevin Le Gall wrote: View Post
My doubts are beyond the effectiveness of aikido. I do believe that aikido can be effective. However, I'm disappointed with the lack of uniformity and standardization to reach this proficiency across the dojos.

In my opinion, aikido is too recent and too small (in comparison to other martial arts like karate or judo) to have so many styles and flavours.
Regarding your concern with the lack of uniformity and standardization across dojos, I've recently found this quote from John Stevens sensei's book Abundant Peace. He wrote:
"The best advice in judging the different interpretations of Aikido is this: Do not look for the differences, look for what is the same".

PS, thanks for the link to your blog in your signature. It is interesting to read your reflections from the Aikikai hombu dojo.
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Old 01-19-2017, 11:47 AM   #6
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Re: Hi from Amsterdam!

I thought the blog was great as well

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