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Old 05-03-2007, 07:07 AM   #1
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My aikido training is being hindered help....=(

I'm new to aikido. I have only been practicing it for a month. I can do forward rolls,back rolls, stomach fall, back fall, Ikyo, Nikyo,Sankyo,Kotegaeshi and some basics. I also know some "arts". Unfortunately for me, I won't be able to practice aikido during school days because of schedule conflicts. I thought of every way for me to be able to attend class even for once a week but I really can't. I do not know what way for me to practice aikido. How's is this then? I want to developed the skills I've learned but sadly I can't. Can I practice aikido by myself? How can I develop aikido? Awww...... What will I do..?Help...
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:45 AM   #2
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Re: My aikido training is being hindered help....=(

is there only one dojo in the city where you live?
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:03 AM   #3
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Re: My aikido training is being hindered help....=(

Tapes or CDs may help you practice the movement patterns.
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:36 AM   #4
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Re: My aikido training is being hindered help....=(

Kumusta Royce,
Go to your dojo on weekends and practice at home on weekdays. Like John said, get some quality training tapes, VCDs or DVDs so you can practice the movement patters but if you can, supplement that with dojo time and guidance from your sensei once a week if you can. You don't want to practice alone and develop techniques only to find later on that they are wrong. It is better to practice correct techniques a few times than to practice a wrong one a thousand times.

By the way, where do you train?

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Old 05-03-2007, 03:26 PM   #5
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Re: My aikido training is being hindered help....=(

Let your instructor know. Maybe he has some idea? At least he or she will know why you can't make it,
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:13 AM   #6
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Re: My aikido training is being hindered help....=(

Talk to your instructor and your fellow students -- it may be an opportunity to start an informal early morning class somewhere -- possibly at your school, if you have access to a practice room.

Look at this as an opportunity, not a crisis -- you are not the only one with this problem, just the only one you KNOW about. Open the discussion and commit to training, and I am sure you will find at least one partner willing to meet you somewhere, outside of class, to train with.

All of the basic movements are in the basic warm up exercises -- "hidden in plain view", if you like. No partner required. If you do them correctly, starting off slowly and then progressing to attack speed of the course of weeks (or years), then the "techniques" of aikido are just additional handholds and options for your basic movement.

Trust me -- even if you only get together with another nuubee to do the "warm up" exercises and critique each other on those, you will go a long way to improving your Aikido.



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Old 05-04-2007, 01:08 PM   #7
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Re: My aikido training is being hindered help....=(

After one month of Aikido I would suggest to concentrate on Jo and Bokken katas and suburi. A lot of rowing excercise (in my opinion 90% of Aikido is rowing excercise) and stepping excercises. I don't know you, you might be talented, but after one month I don't think you have learnt yet correctly how to move with the center, or keep correct posture with your arms.

If you have someone at home with you, you can have him/her grab your wrist and try to move him/her remaining relaxed and not using your strength, that will help with your misubi as well. I find katatedori tenkan excerices wonderful for this: you will learn to feel a connection, to avoid using strenght and moving your arms with your center and not just your elbows/shoulders.
Just a little thing that Sensei always stress on me, whatever excercise you do to practice use "both" hands. Doesn't matter if you think for that excercise you need only one hand, both hands always there in front of you and both alive. If not else they will help with your body posture.
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Old 05-05-2007, 09:17 PM   #8
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Re: My aikido training is being hindered help....=(

Thanks everyone! hehe! well, I'll do these suggestions you've suggested. I think this will work at least. Ugh
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By the way, where do you train?
I train at YMCA Chinatown.=)
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is there only one dojo in the city where you live?
nope we have many here though others are a bit far from my house. Aside from this I had already ask some dojos about there schedules but their schedule is also the same,some are different but still has it's conflicts about the schedule of mine.
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Trust me -- even if you only get together with another nuubee to do the "warm up" exercises and critique each other on those, you will go a long way to improving your Aikido.
hehe this is cool, i presume this will work. I'll do this.
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If you have someone at home with you, you can have him/her grab your wrist and try to move him/her remaining relaxed and not using your strength, that will help with your misubi as well. I find katatedori tenkan excerices wonderful for this: you will learn to feel a connection, to avoid using strenght and moving your arms with your center and not just your elbows/shoulders.
Just a little thing that Sensei always stress on me, whatever excercise you do to practice use "both" hands. Doesn't matter if you think for that excercise you need only one hand, both hands always there in front of you and both alive. If not else they will help with your body posture.
okay thanks a lot! I'll do this too
THANKS AGAIN GUYS! THANKS A LOT! AM GLAD YOU REPLIED TO MY PROBLEM..
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