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Old 05-26-2009, 11:39 AM   #1
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I'm on TV!

We had a TV show come film and interview us for a report on the sports taught at the PEPS (Sports complex) of the Université Laval. The video can be seen here :
http://www.telemag.tv/emissions/maxi...stc/index.html

Click on the link for the show on: Maximum Sports.tv 07/05/2009

The aikido section starts at 23:45, and the report on the martial arts starts at 20:19 (Tai jitsu is the only other art they filmed). It's all in French, but I envite everyone to check out the video at least. I'm the younger yudansha that gets interviewed (beard and long braided hair).

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Old 05-26-2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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Re: I'm on TV!

I have no clue what was being said, but congrats on being on TV!

"The mind is everything. What you think you become." - Siddhattha Gotama Buddha
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:09 PM   #3
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Re: I'm on TV!

Very cool!
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:07 AM   #4
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Re: I'm on TV!

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We had a TV show come film and interview us for a report on the sports taught at the PEPS (Sports complex) of the Université Laval. The video can be seen here :
http://www.telemag.tv/emissions/maxi...stc/index.html

Click on the link for the show on: Maximum Sports.tv 07/05/2009

The aikido section starts at 23:45, and the report on the martial arts starts at 20:19 (Tai jitsu is the only other art they filmed). It's all in French, but I envite everyone to check out the video at least. I'm the younger yudansha that gets interviewed (beard and long braided hair).
Can I get your autograph? A star is born.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:23 PM   #5
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Re: I'm on TV!

Star? More like getting less than fifteen minutes of not quite fame

Our dojo could use the publicity though. I hope a few people saw it and were intrigued.

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Old 05-29-2009, 02:31 PM   #6
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Re: I'm on TV!

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...It's all in French, but I envite everyone to check out the video at least. I'm the younger yudansha that gets interviewed (beard and long braided hair).
my french is a little rusty, but i think you said something like, 'oh yeah. i can kick steven seagal's butt.' and then that's when jean started laughing... was i close? :P

great spot though. congrats! that's good pr for the dojo!!!!
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:44 PM   #7
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my french is a little rusty, but i think you said something like, 'oh yeah. i can kick steven seagal's butt.' and then that's when jean started laughing... was i close? :P

great spot though. congrats! that's good pr for the dojo!!!!
LOL! I really hope that is what he said!

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Old 05-29-2009, 05:14 PM   #8
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Re: I'm on TV!

Great show, good PR.

Isnt it funny how much you can get away with when speaking French. I bet you wouldnt have told the interviewer that your number 1 ambition was to get a realy mint condition can of Steven Seagal's energy drink if you were speaking English

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Old 05-29-2009, 08:53 PM   #9
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Re: I'm on TV!

LOL. Ahh, but you should have heard the stuff they edited out!

I'm sorry if this kind of kills the joke, but for the benefit of all those without French language skills, here is a translation of the transcipt. Prepared with the help of my very patient wife (herself a member of the dojo).
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Reporter
Another art with good visibility at Laval University is aikido. This time of Japanese origin. It has it's own characteristics.

Pierre Gosselin sensei
Aikido is distinct because there is no blocking, in the sense that we harmonize with the adversary's movement. We use his movement and return it to him, using movements that are generally circular.

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Details are of first importance to properly execute this art.

Pierre Gosselin sensei
Lots of time, lots of perseverance. Paying a lot of attention to the details, to the techniques and to oneself, because behind it all, behind the practise, is personal development. Learning to understand your body, movement, the spirit of the other, his psychology in order to be able to react automatically without thinking about what's happening.

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Experienced practitioners, these enthusiasts explain "why aikido".

Jonathan Olson (me)
I started aikido when I was a student spending too much time in front of my computer. I needed to move. I read about many different martial arts, the philosophy of aikido intrigued me.

Jean Laplante
I saw a documentary when I was young, where the master O-Sensei was doing a demonstration that took my breath away. I searched for a dojo, then I gave up, then one day I passed in front of the Centre St-Sacrament in Québec, and I decided to sign up. It's been 20 odd years.

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What do you like about this art?

Jean Laplante
It's not a violent art, we don't attack, we try to not really hurt each other, and we are recharged.

Reporter
I have the impression that injuries are unlikely.

[laughs - Note from Jonathan Olson: The inside joke here is that Jean is one of the most battered and injury prone aikidoka I know, and he knows it.]

Jonathan Olson (me)
Uh, yah.

Reporter
So I should change the question?

Jonathan Olson (me)
It's a good question. In theory we try to not injure the other, but we do techniques that put pressure on the joints, and could even be dangerous if the person is not careful while doing a throw, if the other partner has not learned to fall, and you have to adjust the intensity of the techniques with respect to the partner's ability.

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Pushing your limits while respecting each other, two essential elements to a good quality of life.

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Old 05-30-2009, 02:12 PM   #10
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Onegaishimasu. "Pushing your limits while trying to respect each other" sounds like a wonderful description of all the action that goes on on aikiweb.

In gassho

Mark

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Old 06-03-2009, 01:15 AM   #11
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Re: I'm on TV!

Yes you are, and you look Marvelous.

You look like you've really improved from your shodan examination and the hakama suit you, tres chic!! My french sucks

Spread the word! Good publicity for Aikido!

Bruno
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:56 PM   #12
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Re: I'm on TV!

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Yes you are, and you look Marvelous.

You look like you've really improved from your shodan examination and the hakama suit you, tres chic!! My french sucks

Spread the word! Good publicity for Aikido!
The chic hakama is a Tozando deluxe polyester hakama. Fairly thick and durable, doesn't wrinkle and keeps its pleats, highly recommended.

I certainly hope I have improved, it would be depressing to not improve after two years of training!

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