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Old 08-11-2002, 05:28 PM   #26
Kevin Wilbanks
Location: Seattle/Southern Wisconsin
Join Date: Jul 2002
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Thanks, but I think that's the UNF club. The only other two options in town are a Suenaka dojo run by a guy at about my level, with the rest being newbies - I could tell that situation wouldn't work for me from talking to the instructor and watching a class. The other option is a Yoshinkan/Karate place that I haven't even checked out in person, based on several second-hand reviews. I suppose I should have checked it out in person, but it definitely didn't sound like my bag. Right now, I feel pretty at ease with the decision to give Aikido a rest and try something different for a while. I also found a place which teaches muso shinden ryu jodo which I may check out.
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Old 08-11-2002, 06:59 PM   #27
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Dojo: Team Combat USA
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Good luck in your endeavors!

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Old 08-11-2002, 07:34 PM   #28
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
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I am sorry to hear that you will be leaving aikido, even if it is just for a short while (sometimes it is very difficult to return once you have been away). Maybe you could look at the experience you have been having, and all the frustration that you are going through, as some kind of growth opportunity. I know it sounds trite, but five years is a long time to train, only to get fed up and quit. Why not try to look at it as a learning experience (I am sure you have to a degree, but maybe it is worth reexamining).

All the best for you, no matter which way you go.

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Old 08-11-2002, 08:06 PM   #29
Kevin Wilbanks
Location: Seattle/Southern Wisconsin
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 788
Actually, I quit Aikido once before, when I still had access to a thriving dojo - that time it was partly about wanting to take some time to focus on fitness, and partly because I had OD'd on dojo politics and too many discordant relationships. Unlike now, I quit indefinitely, with no plan to return. I had to let go completely, for my own well-being. It definitely turned out to be the right thing to do.

When I started up with the group here, I didn't find it difficult at all. Physically, with my current fitness, it was much easier. The principles of how to move were still in my body, though some of the technique details were a little fuzzy.

The bottom line is that I want to be in a situation that is challenging and has some serious growth potential for me, by virtue of the experience, committment, and attitude of those I train with. The club I was training with just didn't have it. The other one I checked out was a prima-dona ego club where everything I learned elsewhere would be considered officially 'wrong' and I'd be busted down to rank private. The one I didn't check out is reputed to be similarly rigid - literally and figuratively. I'd rather just let go again than deal with the frustration of trying to get blood from a turnip. Aikido will still be there if I find the right situation again.
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Old 08-11-2002, 10:48 PM   #30
Dojo: University of Chicago Aikido Club
Location: Chicago
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 36

I've been following the posting that have gone on over the past day or so and believe that everyone that has spoken up has done so with the interest of you and Aikido in mind. Only until now have I decided to speak up see it as you have become flustered out of a situation that may seem impossible or unproductive. Everyone feels this at one point or another, from what I understand. There's one person or a couple of people that you see as getting in the way of your training. I'm not an expert on this type of situation, therefore I would recommend seeking out a sensei that can be beneficial. Bear in mind that here on Aikiweb there are a number of notable sensei's listed that can be of help to you. If you explained your situation to a number of instructors, I'm more than positive they would be willing to assist in you personal and dojo situation.

On another note you as a person may benefit in trying another martial are not necessarily with the intention of getting into a more structured environment, but to learn more about the motivation and confidence you found in Aikido. Also, it seems as though you're seeking to reach another level of Aiki understanding that might be quenched by literature. For instance Wendy Palmer's, The Practice of Freedom has greatly helped me during times of doubt. Or perhaps look at another work such as Richard Heckler's In Search of the Warrior Spirit.

Eitherway, Kevin, if you'd like I can help you seek out a sensei or two to correspond with via email or telephone to work out the training situation with. Good luck in training.


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