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Old 01-10-2002, 09:32 PM   #1
Dojo: Seiryukan Dojo/Illini Aikido
Location: Champaign, IL, USA
Join Date: Nov 2000
Posts: 46
Seeing Yourself

Just a quick bit of wisdom to anyone who wants to see how far they are off from their own image of how they do aikido.

I recently had to tape myself in a class for a school assignment. I figured I would look pretty good. Wrong!

My shoulders would tighten up whenever I would fall, I was leaning over, I was doing some weird thing with my hands when I grabbed, I was constantly fixing my gi or touching my face or a thousand different other things that I shouldn't be bother with during class, I lifted my back foot up before stepping back for ushiroukemi, my grabs weren't anywhere near commited enough, I was throwing halfway and letting uke do the rest, etc., etc. etc.

I was WAY off of what I thought I was doing. Luckily, now I know what I need to do. It's working out much better.

To see yourself, get a tape. Or enlightenment, but a tape's easier. ;^)

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Old 01-10-2002, 09:48 PM   #2
Join Date: Jun 2000
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Lucky you! Although something tells me you are being a bit hard on yourself...

I wish there were an easy way to get tapes made...maybe some interprising person will do that at seminars someday, like the folks that go around taking your picture in some tourist places and then selling them to you...

The next best thing: work with really new beginners, I find that watching them do something funny looking immediately makes me wonder if I'm the one they are copying that from...
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Old 01-11-2002, 06:44 AM   #3
L. Camejo
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Dojo: Ontario Martial Arts
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2001
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Hi Daedalus,

I feel for you man. At present the university where we train is doing a documentary on Aikido, and since we are the only dojo in the country, guess who has to demonstrate.

I recently saw part of the unedited version and it was SCARY. All I saw were my mistakes (of course this is inherent in my character also, constant self revision). I'm planning to invest in a video camera for class use at some point.

A very humbling experience. But humility is a great commodity in the practice of anything that promotes self development, especially MA.


--Mushin Mugamae - No Mind No Posture. He who is possessed by nothing possesses everything.--
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Old 01-11-2002, 10:03 AM   #4
Location: Australia
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 89
Re: Seeing Yourself

My Sensei films all the Udansha gradings, and as a gift he gives each of the grading students a copy of thier grading. That was a real eye opener for me. It's funny how you can see yourself doing techniques in your mind, yet what u produce in reality it is different.

I've actually got two tapes. One of my Shodan grading which I am grateful for, plus I have a copy of one of my kohai's gradings which I did ukemi in. It's interesting to see actually, my ukemi ain't that great now but during the 6 months between the 2 tapes you can see the improvement, which is encouraging.
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Old 01-11-2002, 01:06 PM   #5
Location: Bay Area
Join Date: Jun 2000
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Originally posted by L. Camejo
A very humbling experience. But humility is a great commodity in the practice of anything that promotes self development, especially MA.
I can still barely watch my shodan test. It was only 15 minutes and it was a ways back.

I'm cringing as I type.

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Old 01-11-2002, 02:21 PM   #6
Join Date: Oct 2001
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I don't know what you guys are talking about! Video tape is great. I like to edit in Steven Segall as a double for me though. It makes my arts look cleaner. No! Really! That is me!;P
Originally posted by Erik

I can still barely watch my shodan test. It was only 15 minutes and it was a ways back.

I'm cringing as I type.

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