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Old 04-11-2004, 11:52 AM   #1
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AikiWeb Poll for the week of April 11, 2004:

How often do you apply the "principles" of aikido "off the mat" in your everyday life?
  • I don't do aikido
  • Always
  • Almost always
  • Very often
  • Often
  • Somewhat often
  • Seldom
  • Almost never
  • Never
Here are the current results.
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:00 PM   #2
Dojo: northeast aikikai
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 34
All the literature and teaching I have seen have emphasized that the "principles of aikido" must be applied to everyday life. One will never understand its true power or value if it isn't broadly applied.

(If only "the principles" were so applied to business, government, work & play,.....)
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Old 04-12-2004, 08:42 PM   #3
Josh Bisker
Dojo: Oberlin Aikikai, and Renshinkan London
Location: Oberlin, OH
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 74
I'd have had more confidence with this question if it'd said "do you try to apply the principles." The answer's still not "all the time," but it's closer to "whenever i realize that i'm not, i try harder to."
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Old 04-12-2004, 09:03 PM   #4
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Dojo: Seiwa Dojo and Southside Dojo
Location: Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, MI
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,677
I never "try" to apply the principles. What usually happens is I respond in some way and when it's all done I think "hey, that was an application of X".


"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 04-13-2004, 10:33 AM   #5
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Location: Florida Gulf coast
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,888
Professionally as a psychotherapist, I use the enter-blend-redirect all the time.

Personally, I try to stay connected to my family, friends, and common-unity all the time.

So I guess the answer is, all the time.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 04-14-2004, 05:58 AM   #6
Dojo: Shoshin Aikido Dojos
Location: Orlando
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 159
Good Question, Jun.

Everyone who does Aikido practices the Principles off the mat all the time. The Principles of Aikido are the same principles we use to control our lives in any physical endeavor. These principles are

1. Ki

2. Nexus (or Joining)

3. Break points

4. Center

5. Technique

6. Timing

7. Strategy

8. Triangulation

We use triangulation and timing each and every time we drive an automobile. We use strategy in every personal encounter. We utilize the priciple of ki, and the nexus when dancing. We use almost all when we play golf, tennis, softball or whatever.

The Principles of Aikido are in essence the rules of life (or its refinement). Fishing requires timing, technique, center, (good fishing requires ki) and strategy.

I believe understanding this is one of the elements that place a persons feet on the path to mastering Aikido.

Daniel G. Linden
Author of ON MASTERING AIKIDO (c) 2004
Founder Shoshin Aikido Dojos
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Old 04-14-2004, 07:20 AM   #7
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 97
We use almost all when we play golf, tennis, softball or whatever.
It's also especially effective when snow shoveling!
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:15 PM   #8
Anders Bjonback
Dojo: Boulder Aikikai
Location: Boulder, CO
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 129
When I understand the principles I'll know whether or not I apply them to "everyday life."

"For peace and happiness are presences, not objects we can grasp and hold onto."
--Lilian Smith
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