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Old 06-19-2007, 07:19 PM   #26
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Re: rough start with Aikido lessons

Hang in there, Dalen. Sounds like you're doing fine just showing up and being willing to try.

One of the best learning experiences I ever had was being asked, at a dojo I visit from time to time, to partner with a developmentally disabled adult who had been training there for quite some time. On an "objective" or technical level, it could be said that his aikido sucked; OTOH I had seen where he was at 2 yrs earlier and even if he couldn't recall most techniques, he was way more present in his body and with integrated movement than before. So I decided my training for the evening was simply to to be the best partner I could be for him: be present with him, guiding him a bit when it seemed indicated, keeping upbeat, keeping connected even when he couldn't....It was not the class I was looking for or expecting and I sure didn't "improve my technique" that night....but I had a ball with him, and felt that I really got to practice aikido. Lesson: our attitudes inform our actions and in the end that's all we have to offer....

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Old 06-19-2007, 09:23 PM   #27
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wow. Janet. that was aikido in action; as simple as can be.

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Old 06-19-2007, 11:47 PM   #28
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Re: rough start with Aikido lessons

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You can use some of the time to really practice _watching_ the demos, and breaking down what the instructor's doing.
very true, and very challenging for me (which is good.)
I watch something and forget it the second after I see it.
Its because Im not 'putting' myself there or imagining myself doing the moves.

I just noticed/tried that recently (to feel the move as if I were doing it as the instructor did it) and I was able to retain more.

Its definitely down to repetition now and creating new neuron paths in the brain.

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Old 06-19-2007, 11:52 PM   #29
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So I decided my training for the evening was simply to to be the best partner I could be for him: be present with him, ....
Great point indeed. For me this is the 'next' step Im taking, so to speak (spiritually), this concept wouldnt even had been in my 'mind' before. (The mind is to concerned with technique and improving its 'image'/ego) My view on life is changing, and Im thankful for that.

Thanks for sharing your experience

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Old 06-20-2007, 12:16 AM   #30
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Its definitely down to repetition now and creating new neuron paths in the brain.
Whatever neuron paths you create now, you will abandon later. If you continue to do aikido, you will refine and change your way of doing technique over and over. This is one of the reasons why the most common teaching method, as opposed to separate groups for each rank who all concentrate on the technique on the next step in the grading syllabus, actually makes sense.
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Old 06-20-2007, 12:38 AM   #31
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Whatever neuron paths you create now, you will abandon later.
Now that's just insane to me. Not that I haven't done it, nor that we don't refine what we learn, but if I have to retrain new neuron paths again, I'm clearly doing something pretty fundamentally wrong and I might as well not train until I can train with someone who can minimize such a waste of time and such an establishment of poor habits.

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