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Old 02-21-2003, 01:21 PM   #1
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Advice to Your Beginner Self

Hi everyone,

If you could send a message back to yourself when you were first starting to train in aikido, what advice would you send back?

(Shamelessly stolen from Slashdot...)

-- Jun

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Old 02-21-2003, 01:32 PM   #2
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Relax, take your time, slow down for god's sake.

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Old 02-21-2003, 01:35 PM   #3
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don't go to class the night you're going to separate your shoulder!
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Old 02-21-2003, 01:40 PM   #4
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... put a lot more effort into getting to know that girl you meet at the first seminar..

And now to something more serious: Don't expect to much in a short time, and don't give up when you loose your patience.

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Old 02-21-2003, 02:07 PM   #5
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Don't quit.

I guess mine got through. Yay !

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Old 02-21-2003, 02:26 PM   #6
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Care a little bit less. Aikido is not the most important thing in your life...
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Old 02-21-2003, 02:30 PM   #7
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Forget about the hands , look at the feet.....

"Perfection is a Process"
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Old 02-21-2003, 03:11 PM   #8
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"What took you so long to get here? Now get to work and don't take so long this time!"

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Old 02-21-2003, 03:19 PM   #9
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...you´ll be fine.
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Old 02-21-2003, 03:26 PM   #10
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..stay away from aikido message boards!

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Old 02-21-2003, 03:43 PM   #11
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Enjoy and train

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Old 02-21-2003, 05:50 PM   #12
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Do you mind if I cheat a bit?

I'd like to go back a few years before I eventually took up Aikido, and just tell myself to get into the dojo and make a start.

Sean

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Old 02-21-2003, 09:03 PM   #13
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...don't worry, it will make sense in just 40 or 50 years.
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Old 02-21-2003, 09:09 PM   #14
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...hopefully.
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Old 02-21-2003, 10:08 PM   #15
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*Off Topic*

did it make sense Eric??

"Perfection is a Process"
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Old 02-22-2003, 11:29 PM   #16
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~~Take it all in and allow it to act on you/change you. You were drawn here because this is exactly where you are supposed to be right now. And that extreme roll-out you successfully completed 11 times..? Don't go for number 12! Remember I love you and enjoy yourself.

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Old 02-22-2003, 11:48 PM   #17
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Some things are starting to but there is a long way to go. I've only been in aikido for 13 years though.
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Old 02-24-2003, 09:35 AM   #18
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wast no time

Go directly to Japan. Do not pass Go; do not collect $200.

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Old 02-24-2003, 12:51 PM   #19
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don't worry about not remembering techniques or names - you're teaching your body aikido, not your brain.

---understanding aikido is understanding the training method---
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Old 02-24-2003, 05:49 PM   #20
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Just keep showing up.

Bronson

"A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he is unable to make a choice between violence and non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence."
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Old 02-24-2003, 06:50 PM   #21
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~~Good question, Jun. How 'bout you? Hmmm?

~~Paula~~
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Old 02-24-2003, 11:39 PM   #22
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Me? I'd probably tell myself that there's no shame in outgrowing a dojo and that it's OK to find a more suitable environment for my own growth.

Also that an environment in which questioning, both verbally and physically, what I'm being taught and experiencing is an important process...

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Old 02-25-2003, 12:44 AM   #23
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Dont eat beans before training.

"The wise man, after learning something new, is afraid to learn anything more until he has put his first lesson into practice." - Tzu Lu
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Old 02-26-2003, 08:55 PM   #24
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Mine would be something from before I started Aikido- "Don't do Muay Thai"
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Old 02-27-2003, 09:43 AM   #25
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Re: Advice to Your Beginner Self

Quote:
Jun Akiyama (akiy) wrote:
If you could send a message back to yourself when you were first starting to train in aikido, what advice would you send back? Jun
"Empty"

Until again,

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