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Old 08-07-2007, 11:39 AM   #26
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Re: Starting Aikido, any tips hints or other types of advice.

Thanks to everyone for all the advice I'll keep them in mind when I start in about a week!
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:40 PM   #27
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woot!!! Had my first class yesterday, just sat and watched but loved it! I can't wait for Thursday, and actually practice!
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:10 PM   #28
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My first sensei told me " You ask too many questions, shut up pay attention."

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Old 08-22-2007, 09:32 PM   #29
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Re: Starting Aikido, any tips hints or other types of advice.

Avery's rules of dojo survival:

1. Don't throw up on the mat. If you must throw up, bow off the mat and throw up. If you cannot make it off the mat, throw up in your gi and bow off the mat.

2. Never take the class immediately following your sensei's return from a seminar. Give him/her a class or two to cool down first.

3. Make sure your bokken is lighter than your sensei's. This prevents many bruised wrists.

4. Don't bleed on the mat. If you must bleed, bow off the mat, and then go bleed. If you must bleed before you bow off the mat, bleed into your gi and bow off the mat.

5. Do not give your sempai a hard time by resisting throws, saying "but what if I did this," etc. You are only inviting injury and bleeding on the mat.

6. Keep your gi clean. In the summer, wash it between every class. Do not eat spicy foods, onions, or garlic before class. Do not smoke cigars before class.

7. After your 3rd class, do not slam into a bar, announce in a loud voice that all the patrons are Clinton-lovin' liberal faggots and challenge any one of them to prove you are wrong.

8. Do exactly what your sensei does for about 20 years. You'll be surprised at your improvement by the end of that time.

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Old 08-22-2007, 09:53 PM   #30
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7. After your 3rd class, do not slam into a bar, announce in a loud voice that all the patrons are Clinton-lovin' liberal faggots and challenge any one of them to prove you are wrong.
My choice of words here may have been ill-considered. The only group of persons which I am attempting to denigrate here is the group that would use such language...apparently of which I am one...

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Old 08-23-2007, 08:32 AM   #31
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Ah Advice from a fellow begainer (I say begainer I have been training for about 5 months and ....actually yes still a begainer.)

1. Bow when everyone else does. Do NOT go on the mat with shoes and socks on. Do not kick the mats. Always call the person taking the class Sensei untill and if you get told otherwise. At least whilst whilst they are taking the class.
2. Make sure your gi pants are tighed up tight. They will come undone at the most embaressing of moments. Likewise for your belt.Advice for females make sure you make it visually clear your wearing something under the jacket of your suit.
3. If it hurts tap out immediatly. If a move does not effect you do not get too cocky about it because there will always be a variation that will have you tapping out. Some people will make it their purpose to find that variation.
4. When doing breakfalls make sure you slap the mat before you land. It will save you from looking like a sack of bricks landing and more importantly a rather painful landing, complete with a bruise to add as a further reminder. Ouchies.
5. The higher grades are there to help. If your not sure of something then find a good time to ask them.
6. Keep out of the path of where people are rolling/falling/getting thrown unless you like getting used as an alternative for a mat. Again this will probably hurt.
7. If paired up with your Sensei or Sempi then try and keep them on the mat. DOH!
8.. If you can remember only one thing when doing a new move it is use your centre. Its your strongest point and where all the energy cames from. If you need to move out the way its normally a step to the side, a tenkan or a tai sabaki.
9. Most importantly smile, have fun, enjoy yourself and have a lot of patience. It may not make a lot of sence at first but believe me the names will become familiar after a while and with enough practice the moves will become more natural to you.
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Old 08-23-2007, 09:01 AM   #32
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Re: Starting Aikido, any tips hints or other types of advice.

Although I'm very much a "freshman" to Aikido I'd suggest:

Pratice taking falls/rolls/Ukemi under supervision so you can receive techniques without being hurt.

Attend routinely

Think how you would teach/demo to a technique you've worked on to a friend. Not really do that because they could be injured, but think which hand you would tell them to put out to attack you, what hand you would respond with, etc. That helps set it in the mind.

Less profound:
I recently got a pair of uniform pants that were zippered, velco waist, and most importantly, a plastic clamp on the waist band belt. That absolutely prevents it from slipping loose and having to stop training several times a class to retighten the knot. I really like them. Bujindesign has them and I'm sure others do too. But your mileage may vary.
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Old 08-23-2007, 04:16 PM   #33
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Always ask your sempai or sensei for answers to your questions before asking them on an internet discussion board.

Bronson

p.s. And pay your dues on time.

"A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he is unable to make a choice between violence and non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence."
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Old 08-26-2007, 02:06 PM   #34
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Hi Tannan, ive been going to aikido class for about a year and a half, three times a week. And havent looked back, everyone else has posted the essentials you'd need to know when starting. I must say ive lost count of the amount of people that turn up for a peek and never come back, or for a few months. Aikido takes a long time to become competent with it. The "Fog" is just lifting but it does take a long time compared to some other Martial Arts striking ones, where the improvement is visible in a shorter time. Be patient! oh yeah, and make sure you like the Dojo and people there, if not, find somewhere else!
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:36 PM   #35
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I've only been in aikido for two weeks and I love it. And now were hosting Toyoda Sensei for a seminar, yay!
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