Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > General

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-29-2006, 08:25 AM   #1
graham
 
graham's Avatar
Dojo: Northampton Ki Aikido Club
Location: Northampton
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 134
United Kingdom
Offline
1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

Hi folks,

I thought that some people might be interested in my reflections 1 month in. (I had some pre-starting questions http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10362 .)

1 day about 8 weeks ago, my daughter and I were walking to the Library and she asked me if I had any "big lessons" to share with her. (She was being cheeky.) So, I told her I'd teach her one of the most important truths I live by: violence begets violence. We discussed what that means, talked about Ghandi, Jesus, MLK, etc. and then we arrived at the library where we saw a poster for "Ki Aikido" with Sensei Ian Walters.

That was the class that we ended up joining and we are both loving it. I think I can honestly say that I have never been so exhausted as I felt after my first lesson. I was sweating and breathing deeply for ages afterwards. But it was exhilarating. I've since noticed that during classes I can be simultaneously concentrating, knackered and completely relaxed all at the same time.

My daughter probably enjoys it more than me. She seems an absolute natural and has no problem with unbendable arm or not being lifted by two big blokes!

We are both impressed with Sensei Walters. I have no idea how he can be so patient with the Junior class! He seems to have a grasp on how appropriate to be in terms of strictness, etc. (E.g. he treats my daughter, me and a 3rd Dan quite differently.) One of the things that we both enjoy are the mini-lectures that he often gives at the end of classes. Yesterday's was on the strength that there is in remaining calm. They are generally always about the application of aikido to everyday living.

Anyway, last night we were down the pub and I asked Sensei a typical newbie question, "Have u ever had to use your Aikido outside of the dojo?" And his response was to tell me about a situation where he diffused a fight, through talking the othe guy down. I thought that was so cool.

Thanks for your encouragements, guys.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 08:44 AM   #2
Shipley
Dojo: UBC Okanagan Aikido Club
Location: Kelowna
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 94
Canada
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

Graham,

Thanks for the great post. May you have many many years of feeling the same way after practice.

Sincerely,

Paul
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 10:04 AM   #3
graham
 
graham's Avatar
Dojo: Northampton Ki Aikido Club
Location: Northampton
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 134
United Kingdom
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

Quote:
Paul Shipley wrote:
May you have many many years of feeling the same way after practice.
You mean exhausted?!

  Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 10:55 AM   #4
Shipley
Dojo: UBC Okanagan Aikido Club
Location: Kelowna
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 94
Canada
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

Exactly!
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 02:36 PM   #5
Mike Hamer
 
Mike Hamer's Avatar
Dojo: Shinki Rengo, Mt. Pleasant MI
Location: Alma, MI
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 244
United_States
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

After todays lesson (my fourth) I'll have been going for a month too. Gotta buy my Dogi today......man I wish I could find some more frequent lessons. :/

To speak ill of anything is against the nature of Aikido
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 02:48 PM   #6
Mike Hamer
 
Mike Hamer's Avatar
Dojo: Shinki Rengo, Mt. Pleasant MI
Location: Alma, MI
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 244
United_States
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

I would love to find a dojo like yours Graham, one that focuses on Ki. Right now I am reading a book called Ki in Daily life. I checked it out from my Dojo's library.

To speak ill of anything is against the nature of Aikido
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 03:31 PM   #7
justin
Location: swansea wales
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 249
United Kingdom
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

cnograts on a good start chuffed for the pair of you, there are so many highs and lows yet to come for you both hope you take them all with such a good spirit.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 04:05 PM   #8
MikeLogan
 
MikeLogan's Avatar
Location: Rochester, NY
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 281
United_States
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

Ways to keep the fire burning brightly:
1) The occasional flower in a vase at breakfast.

2) Little notes here and there, now and then.

3) Consider every encounter a brand new experience.

4) Keep the toilet seat in the right place! (not especially necessary, but doesn't hurt)

5) Keep a sense of humour!

Glad you're enjoying yourselves, and keep it up.

michael.

guess one can't kid about # 3, or 5, and # 4, biggie that one.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 04:54 PM   #9
Trish Greene
Dojo: Aikido-Kajukenbo Self Defense Center
Location: Boise
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 98
United_States
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

Graham!

I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying Aikido! Also, keep up the good relationship with your daughterm it sounds like you are doing a good job already..
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 06:05 PM   #10
Mark Freeman
Dojo: Dartington
Location: Devon
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,219
United Kingdom
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

Quote:
Mike Logan wrote:
Ways to keep the fire burning brightly:
1) The occasional flower in a vase at breakfast.

2) Little notes here and there, now and then.

3) Consider every encounter a brand new experience.

4) Keep the toilet seat in the right place! (not especially necessary, but doesn't hurt)

5) Keep a sense of humour!

Glad you're enjoying yourselves, and keep it up.

michael.

guess one can't kid about # 3, or 5, and # 4, biggie that one.
The answer to #4 is 'UP'
this is an example of #5

regards
Mark
p.s Glad things are starting off well Graham, I have a hunch that you will be with your Sensei for quite a long time

Success is having what you want. Happiness is wanting what you have.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2006, 01:05 AM   #11
CNYMike
Dojo: Finger Lakes Aikido
Location: Cortland, NY
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 976
United_States
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

Quote:
Graham Old wrote:
You mean exhausted?!

Not to mention stiff, sore, achey, sweating like a pig ....

But you stuill feel good afterwards, don't you?

  Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2006, 04:42 AM   #12
justin
Location: swansea wales
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 249
United Kingdom
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

yes you do feel good i got that down as the 8th wonder of the world
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2006, 09:10 AM   #13
graham
 
graham's Avatar
Dojo: Northampton Ki Aikido Club
Location: Northampton
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 134
United Kingdom
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

Mike, if I'm not mistaken "Ki in daily life" was written by Koichi Tohei, founder of the Ki Society. He had a great impact on Sensei Ken Williams, my Sensei's teacher (more here. I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon this dojo.
Quote:
guess one can't kid about # 3, or 5, and # 4, biggie that one.
Thanks, Mike! I'm gonna go laminate that and ask Sensei if we can put it up on the wall!

Mark, I share your hunch! Btw, I'm hoping to be in Sommerset at the end of September.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2006, 03:01 AM   #14
ksy
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 50
Malaysia
Offline
Re: 1 month in - I LOVE Aikdo!

man, i'm at my one month too. i love it, the work out, the spritual side etc. wow. my only regret is that i didn't take it 10 years ago. cheers!
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

Aikido DVDs and Video Downloads - by George Ledyard Sensei & other great teachers from AikidoDVDS.Com



Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Religion and Aikido Jenn Spiritual 91 12-06-2007 12:47 PM
Kotegaeshi as an expression of love dps General 28 08-30-2006 09:14 PM
Ki and Technique... Ascendedskater25 Spiritual 58 03-20-2006 07:02 PM
Has all the love gone? Ma_ai General 29 02-14-2005 10:08 PM
Ten Ai Ko Tadhg Bird Spiritual 2 05-27-2004 09:57 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:12 AM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate