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Old 04-14-2004, 06:18 PM   #1
Mike Nycz
Location: Ohio
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1
Need some help

Hey everyone,
This is my first time posting. Alright, heres my problem. I started Aikido about 4 years ago and I loved it, still do, but because i was young and still in high school and being nearly an hour away, sometimes i couldnt make it. Now im in college and am about to go back home for summer break. My question is, should i go back? Its been like everytime I do I to have to relearn everything i had already known and by the time I get that down, I'm gonna have to go back to school or what not. Do you guys think I should just wait until I'm out of college to go back. I feel bad bad cause when i get back I feel like i should know this stuff and am a bit of a problem for everyone else. Just was curious what you guys thought. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-14-2004, 11:39 PM   #2
Joezer M.
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Location: Indonesia
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 54
IMHO, why not give it a shot?

If you're worried about having to relearn everything... well, I don't see anything wrong with that. Maybe while relearning stuff, you can find new things. Happened to me after several long breaks from training.

Besides there are some things that you just don't unlearn, like riding a bike, doing irimi-tenkan... shihonage or iriminage maybe.


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Old 04-15-2004, 09:48 AM   #3
Dojo: Seattle Ki Society
Location: Seattle
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 522
Well, I know that when someone we haven't seen for a while comes back for a few weeks, we don't think "Gosh, he's so far behind," we think "Yay! Great to see him again!" So I wouldn't worry about it. There are always new people coming in and even with time off you'll know more than they do.

Mary Kaye
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Old 04-15-2004, 08:00 PM   #4
Nick Simpson
Dojo: White Rose Aikido - Durham University
Location: Gateshead
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 916
United Kingdom
One of our new students vanished for a couple of months, came back and was put in for his 6th kyu, actually got his 5th kyu and did a damn good job of it too, so I wouldnt worry about it, Im sure you'll pick it up again with a bit of practice.

They're all screaming about the rock n roll, but I would say that it's getting old. - REFUSED.
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Old 04-15-2004, 09:58 PM   #5
Anders Bjonback
Dojo: Boulder Aikikai
Location: Boulder, CO
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 129
If you're worried about it, then it sounds like you want to do it. So why not just do it regardless of whether it's "worthwhile" or not?

"For peace and happiness are presences, not objects we can grasp and hold onto."
--Lilian Smith
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Old 04-16-2004, 09:09 AM   #6
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Location: Florida Gulf coast
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,888
Relearning is always faster than learning the first time, and it reinforces the basics.

Something is better than nothing.

If you love it, go and have a good 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 04-19-2004, 08:39 PM   #7
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Dojo: Sunyata
Location: Oslo
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 114
Re: Need some help

ive been in and out of the dojo a few times, to my senseis big dispair ive had a couple of really long breaks, each time I started off easy in the beginners class until I felt that the rustiness had gone away.
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