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Old 09-12-2004, 09:03 PM   #1
geleugim
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Starting Aikido

Hi All,

I am very interested in learning Aikido; there is a school near me but I will not be able to join for at least a year (schedule and finances).

Would it be beneficial for me to purchase Aikido videos and practice solo or with a friend before I am able to join a school?

Is it possible to practice alone?

Do y'all recommend any videos? if Q1 is a yes.

Thank you!
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Old 09-13-2004, 02:17 AM   #2
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Re: Starting Aikido

Practicing alone is difficult at best, IMO. Some of the basic footwork and movement can be done, but anything where you need to feel your partner's energy or movement....

With a friend, well if he or she has been studying aiki that's one thing. Personally, without competent adult supervision, i tend to make the same mistakes over and over until the bad habits get really ingrained.

Probably not the answer you're looking for,
-Noel
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Old 09-13-2004, 05:28 AM   #3
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Re: Starting Aikido

I wouldn't try learning the techniques alone. You might try getting a video on aikido ukemi and practice. It'll be more comfortable if you can find a soft surface to work on. A couple of layers of firm carpet padding with a tarp over it might suffice.

Donovan Waite and Bruce Bookman both have excellent ukemi videos.

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Greg Jennings
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Old 09-13-2004, 08:04 AM   #4
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IMHO, since each school had their own way of doing things, it may be best to just go train for a while before you begin your own search. While I think you can learn "about" Aikido solo through study, you cannot "learn Aikido" without competent instruction, supervision, and a good group of training partners.

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Old 09-13-2004, 02:57 PM   #5
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Suggestion - find someone who would be willing to train with you for 1 hour a week, outside of the dojo, for free. You could start a club at your university. They will give you money that could be used for mats and could also be used to bring someone in who would like to teach a class to 10 or 15 students. I did it when I was a student. It was very successful and attracted 30-50 students at the start of each semester. We always wound down to 10 or 15 at the end. Those who came back each year helped to make a good solid group with seniors, juniors and everyone helping each other out.

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Old 09-13-2004, 06:22 PM   #6
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Re: Starting Aikido

Thank you all for your feedback; I will just have to be patient and wait till I can join the dojo.

I used to study Hwa Rang Do and I did lots of breakfalls (ukemi, right?); they apear to be the same techniques used in Aikido.

How about terminology, any guides available online? Something I always had a hardtime picking up in class was the Korean terms.

Thanks again.
-Miguel-
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Old 09-14-2004, 07:34 AM   #7
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To be sure maybe make time to attend at least one or two classes so that you know you are doing things correctly.

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Old 09-15-2004, 03:41 AM   #8
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Hi Miguel,

I too am planning on joining the local Aikido club, probably this week.

If you look at all my posts, you may find some useful tips there.

But ultimately, I'm a beginner in "formal Aikido training". Let me know how you get on.

All the best,
Iain.
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Old 09-15-2004, 07:56 AM   #9
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On second thoughts - best if you don't read any of my posts.

Listen to the accredited experts instead. I'm not qualified to offer advice. Sorry.

Iain.
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Old 09-15-2004, 07:39 PM   #10
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Thanks Iain, I will look through your posts.
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Old 09-16-2004, 07:17 AM   #11
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Remember Miguel, I'm not really qualified to offer advice , so take it with a pinch of salt.

Oops! Sorry.

Iain.
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