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Old 09-30-2006, 09:15 PM   #26
Rigel Keffer
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Re: Top Ten Reasons you STAY with Aikido

OK, so apparently I was too serious in my previous answer. So, here is my cheeky reply (well, cheeky but all very true!):

1. Because one of my major life goals is to get to wear a hakama.

2. Because in aikido, a hakama really means something.
(This is a rude little stab at iaido and kendo students who wear hakamas from day one. My ex is a shodan in iaido (I have plenty bad I could say about the guy, but he truly does rock with a sword --gotta have respect for his skills), and it always irritated the tar out of me that he wore a hakama even when he was a very, very, very low rank student.)

3. Because I have finally found a cool use for my disturbingly flexible elbows.

4. Because I'm such a klutz, it's a valuable life skill for me to know how to fall and land safely.
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Old 10-01-2006, 03:37 AM   #27
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Re: Top Ten Reasons you STAY with Aikido

because its my spiritual medicine,( and yes ive copyrighted the name for a book,) and aikido doesnt give me the hangover that jagermiester does. and satan told me to do aikido he said it would be good for me.
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Old 10-01-2006, 10:25 PM   #28
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I could go on about how it keeps me mentally and physically fit. That's just a byproduct of practicing Aikido.

I am not drawn to Japanese culture in this regard.

I can rule out sadistic/masochistic tendencies in myself.

I have no desire to role play nor do I visualize myself as a secret samurai.

It has absolutely no religious value to me as well.

I can say this much so far:

It holds weight with who I am as a person to be appreciative of learning and practicing martial techniques that have been passed from one hand to another throughout its entire existence... ancient existence.
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Old 10-01-2006, 11:43 PM   #29
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Well, all I can say is that it sure does beat smokin crack!
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:17 AM   #30
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Re: Top Ten Reasons you STAY with Aikido

Because it makes me less violent.

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Old 10-02-2006, 03:15 AM   #31
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Re: Top Ten Reasons you STAY with Aikido

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I have no desire to role play nor do I visualize myself as a secret samurai.
I like roll plays - and that is one reason, why I stay in aikido.

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Old 10-02-2006, 05:29 AM   #32
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Because I learn a lot of things I could possibly do to my boss (and he has no idea yet!).
In addition, it helped me in the past when I fell off my bike and almost made a mess in the other driver's windscreen. These stains are a nightmare to clean!
I also thoroughly enjoy my joints being stretched to 389% of their normal work capacity by my teacher. Even taking a yokomenuchi gone wrongly avoided in the forehead can be learned to be enjoyable!
And of course it is majestic to squezze 28 people in the enormous space of 12 sq metres. Don't you just love it when you fall down and then everyone else has a go stepping or falling onto your abdomen/legs/head/genitals/arms. It can get even better when the above enormous space mentioned is used for local seminars when you add 15 more people to your crash-test list.
Not to forget that you get to break each and every single light bulb when practising these annoying things called the bokken and the jo. It is so much fun when the bulbs shatter and become 4.999.876.345 pieces that YOU have to clean while everyone else patiently (not) awaits you to finish so they can practise again.
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Old 10-02-2006, 08:46 AM   #33
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-- because people will let you throw them around and pin them to the ground, then get up and say "thank you"... are people you can consider *real* friends

I put my right foot in, I put my left foot out, I do the Aikipokey and throw you all about
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Old 10-02-2006, 09:39 AM   #34
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The moment I walk into the dojo, all of my problems seem to disappear.
I like its smooth movements, doing joints lock and flip people on their @$$/slamming them on the ground to me is better than kicking and punching and the hakama DOES look kool!
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Old 10-02-2006, 01:54 PM   #35
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Re: Top Ten Reasons you STAY with Aikido

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-- because people will let you throw them around and pin them to the ground, then get up and say "thank you"... are people you can consider *real* friends
No doubt about it!
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Old 10-03-2006, 08:29 AM   #36
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because at 21 ( ) I feel really guilty about starting this late in my life and I have to hurry up and practice my butt off to make up for lost
time.

because I just got my very own bokken.

because I like to finish something once I started.


Yeah! Aikido practice again tomorrow!!!!!

Some , lots of and just a pinch of
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:42 PM   #37
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I to like the frequent flier miles.. and hey it beats jogging!
Anything beats jogging!!!!!!
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Old 10-03-2006, 04:42 PM   #38
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Because I want my kids to say my dad can beat up your dad.

A secret of internal strength?:
"Let your weight from the crotch area BE in his hands."
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Old 10-03-2006, 11:53 PM   #39
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Re: Top Ten Reasons you STAY with Aikido

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(This is a rude little stab at iaido and kendo students who wear hakamas from day one.
In my dojo (an ASU affiliated dojo), we wear hakama as early as we'd like. I'm just a Gokyu and I wear one! Saotome Sensei actually believes it's silly that hakama is a rank or status symbol in some dojos. Actually it was reading his essay on the subject (In "Aikido and the Harmony of Nature", I believe?) that convinced me it was suitable to wear one when my husband got me mine as a gift (and I was still a Rokyu at the time!)

I believe in that essay Saotome Sensei said that the only reason he did not require American students to wear a hakama from day 1 is because they are expensive Americans generally do not have grandfathers they can get a handmedown from. I have been told that at our dojo once you decide to start wearing one you are expected to *always* wear it from that point on, no matter how lowly your rank. (On our mat that is.. I've also been suitably informed that if I ever train at another dojo, to ask about the hakama policy.)

The one downside to that is that new students or visitors sometimes ask me if it's my black belt, to which I answer with a suitably emphatic "GOD NO!"

But I think the extra hakama in the dojo offers a nice sense of beauty and dignity in the place, not to mention I think the process of learning how to move without tripping over it has actually been helpful to my Aikido.

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Old 10-04-2006, 08:31 AM   #40
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10.) It's cheaper than going to the airport and have people lay their hands all over me.

9.) My school had an opening for a Dojo @$$hole, so I took the job.

8.) My wife won't let me beat her any more.

7.) My dad likes to brag his son wears a skirt.

6.) This one time at aikido camp...I had a tanto and....

5.) My idea of diplomacy is a sharp nikyo and a smirk.

4.) I like disturbing my co-worker's Ki.

3.) Two words.....Ninja Monkeys.

2.) All the other dojos kicked me out.

1.) I look damn sexy in a hakama!

Victims, aren't we all.
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:34 AM   #41
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Re: Top Ten Reasons you STAY with Aikido

reasons 1-10 are the same for me.

while i was attending my very first session, a team of ninja (under the supreme control of my sensei) broke into my house adn stole my puppy, and they say if i keep going they will eventually give my little dog back.

"No matter your pretence, you are what you are and nothing more." - Kenshiro Abbe Shihan
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Old 10-06-2006, 02:40 PM   #42
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Coz pleasure always comes after pain...
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Old 10-06-2006, 02:42 PM   #43
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Because I want my kids to say my dad can beat up your dad.
I want my kids to say my mom can beat up your dad.... and have it not be inconceivable.
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:46 PM   #44
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I want my kids to say my mom can beat up your dad.... and have it not be inconceivable.
The right phrasing here should go ; your Dad can't beat up my Dad !
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Old 10-07-2006, 01:11 AM   #45
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I drive approx. 1 1/2 hours to dojo, work out for 2 hours, drive 1 1/2 hours home for each class. So, there's got to be something to this!

In random order/level of importance not revealed by numbering:

1. Because since the divorce, it's the most human, physical contact I get during the week. Never underestimate how essential touching needs are. I have desperate need for raw physicality in my life right now. I don't have sex. I don't have snuggling and cuddling. I have aikido.

2. Because those moments of pure ki are addictive. They are rare and spectacular. Every now and then, I actually kind of get something right and feel a rhythm and flow and energy and it is breathtaking, exhilarating, and addicting. Empowering.

3. The people. Aikido seems to attract and RETAIN an exceptionally darling, precious, QUIRKY, fun, sound, safe, honorable, integrity-laden, genuine, sincere, kind, passionate, lighthearted yet grounded community of people. People with strong arms and smile crinkled eyes ... people who teach from the heart and embrace you even as they are throwing you ... people who bring gentleness to a potentially harsh discipline ... People I can trust and love and laugh with. Dedicated aikidoka --- the real students, the ones who are truly into it --- are an indescribably precious treasure for whom I thank God.

4. It makes me feel strong. It helps me hold my head up and my shoulders back. I can handle seemingly unrelated things so much better as a result of martial arts training, dumb stuff that used to absolutely stress me out like the bank making an error on my account, finding a new insurance company, the car making a disturbing sound. I can't explain it, but the more I'm training, the better I can handle life's wrinkles. I just feel stronger all around, muscles and mind. And braver. Because I try things on the mats I normally would never have pushed myself to attempt. And, I frequently shock myself by pulling off some of the daring stuff. Even something as simple as the fact that I can and do get up over and over again after getting thrown, pinned,and all around battered over and over again shows me that I'm tougher than I thought I was. Aikido helps me be stronger, braver, and tougher. Aikido is helping to grow me into being a tough chic, a woman with presence.
Nice post. Especially about the aikidoka.

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Old 10-12-2006, 04:18 PM   #46
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for the last 2and a half years i uped my weekly aikido training to 5 sometimes 6 days a week, if i miss 2 or 3 days all my negative energy builds up and i want to kill everyone, therfore aikido is my spiritual medicine.
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Old 10-15-2006, 09:30 AM   #47
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1) I get to get out of work 30 minutes earlier to make it to class!

2) I kind of feel that anywhere I'd end up living i'll find friends in a local dojo. Kind of like the Jewish community for an atheistic Jew.
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Old 10-16-2006, 03:09 PM   #48
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Aikido is like a perishible skill you dont use it you loose it.
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Old 10-17-2006, 05:16 AM   #49
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Though I'm not one of these hippy types, I do seriously believe that principles of aikido reflect the principles of the universe (or maybe more accurately we are trying to explore the principles of the universe through the practise of aikido).

Also, it gives me an excuse to go down the pub afterwards and regain all the callories I've burnt (yin and yang and all that)

Last edited by ian : 10-17-2006 at 05:19 AM.

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Old 10-26-2006, 01:28 PM   #50
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i'll always keep going until i've perfected it.
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