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Old 10-29-2009, 02:10 PM   #26
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Re: YouTube - good or bad for aikido?

YouTube is my primary visual source to view the waza, since there is no dojo close enough to me.

Outside of books and articles, I think YouTube is probably the most valuable source that not only martial artists, but musicians, artists, and so forth can have for learning because it democratizes the visual information for everyone.
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:32 PM   #27
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Re: YouTube - good or bad for aikido?

Good.
Maybe if we all trained with the fear that it could show up in YouTube, we'd all up our skills.

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Old 10-30-2009, 01:11 PM   #28
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Re: YouTube - good or bad for aikido?

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Good.
Maybe if we all trained with the fear that it could show up in YouTube, we'd all up our skills.
Nice! Fear of international public humiliation!


Some one once said that the 'fakes' will weed themselves out.
You tube will make that even more quicker.
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Old 10-30-2009, 02:04 PM   #29
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Re: YouTube - good or bad for aikido?

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Good.
Maybe if we all trained with the fear that it could show up in YouTube, we'd all up our skills.
No kidding. I committed early on to posting my 6th kyu test. It definitely added an extra level of focus in my practice. (Not that I wasn't plenty motivated before.)

Sensei also uses video in the In Focus seminars at our dojo*. It can be painful to watch ("Oh no, do I really look that floppy?") but there is great value in the feedback.

Look for my 5th kyu test on YouTube.. oh, maybe around April.

*Bless his heart, he does not post them on YouTube!

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Old 10-30-2009, 08:10 PM   #30
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Re: YouTube - good or bad for aikido?

YouTube like anything else has good and bad, and there is give and take. I look at it like this, you can look and see how those Shihan and sensei's you may never get to met, or deciding who to go to, do things. You can also sample before you buy a DVD,or if they don't have DVDs you can see what they do, peers and seniors- for better or worse. You can look at what other people are doing too. It is a way to communicate in a more complete way with others what we do. When things are written down there is lots of limitations to it, but viewing something, it is so much better to see what is being talked about. Without youtube and everything being written down is like a blind date.

Drawbacks are pretty obvious, but I think are outweighed by the positives.
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