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Old 08-02-2006, 05:02 AM   #1
Tony Hudspith
Dojo: Hartlepool/Peterlee
Location: Hartlepool
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 38
United Kingdom
What is "The moment"?

Hi everyone
I was teaching in my class the other day when it felt right to mention "The Moment". The problem was I was stuck for words on how to explain it.
I'm sure some of you have been there before when you know what you want to say but cannot find the correct words to put it across effectively.
Words like "it's the point when uke and tori become one" or "the explosive movement from uke" kept coming out of my mouth and I was struggling.
Can anyone out there help me to find the right words to put this very importnat point across to my students.
Many thanks

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Old 08-02-2006, 08:07 AM   #2
Mary Eastland
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Dojo: Berkshire Hills Aikido
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,435
Re: What is "The moment"?

Hi Tony:
....I have had a couple of moments that I can think of...I probably have had more.

The fist I remember was when I decided to stop holding with my toes when the head of our organization tested me for one ppoint. I decided just to feel my center and not worry if I looked stupid or fell of ver or whatever....lo and behold I could not be pushed over.....that was a really aha moment...

Another moment was when I decided not to hand my ki over to my insctuctor anymore...when he resisted my technique and I felt my own frustration I relaxed through it and kept moving...again surpisingly to me I was able to throw him rather easily..;o).

Now I remember how both of those experiences felt and I am able to trust myself a lot more...and relax into aikido instead getting tense and muscling through...

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Old 08-02-2006, 09:22 AM   #3
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,224
Re: What is "The moment"?

It is a rather simple to only teach things you know and are sure of. There are other teachers for other things. Anyway, this system works in that everyone is kept learning. No one teacher can teach it all. A good rule of the thumb is to consider any teaching you want for your students to be a teaching for you. Hope this helps. In gassho
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