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Old 06-21-2010, 12:50 PM   #1
Thomas Osborn
Dojo: Aikido of Northampton
Location: Holyoke, MA
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 108
Aikido And Chocolate Cake

6/21/10 NOTE: I forgot to add the following story to my last blog. It's a true story about the power of Aikido in an aggressive situation.

Edward was 14 years old and had been studying Aikido since he was 4 ½ . We were at his Aunt's for the big family Christmas dinner. His cousin's fiancee, Jon was there. Jon was 26 and had been practicing Brazilian Jujitsu for 6 years, owned several MMA schools, and was rumored to be heavy into steroids.
We had just finished dinner and were standing around the living room while desert was being put on the table. Jon walked up to Edward, grabbed his shoulder and drew back his fist as if to punch Edward in the face.
"What would your Aikido do about this" he said.
"Your going to punch me out right here in your Mother-In-Law's living room?"
"No. But what if we were outside?"
"Well, why don't you go outside and see."
Jon went slamming outside. Edward sat down at the table and took a piece of chocolate cake.
After about 5 minutes standing outside in the cold and snow, Jon came bursting back in and stormed over to Edward.
"Your not outside."
"That's right, want a piece of cake?"
Jon looked a bit perplexed. Sort of grinned. Mussed Edwards hair. And sat down to eat.
Afterwards, I asked Edward how he felt. He said he was "scared shitless. All I could remember was Sensei saying ‘get off the line'".

(Original blog post may be found here.)
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:43 PM   #2
Garth Jones
Dojo: Allegheny Aikido
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 163
Re: Aikido And Chocolate Cake

Wonderful story!
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Old 06-22-2010, 04:40 AM   #3
Anita Dacanay
Dojo: Cleveland Aikikai, Cleveland, Ohio
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 80
Re: Aikido And Chocolate Cake

Yep, great story indeed! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:59 AM   #4
Dojo: Aiki Shoshinkan, Aiki Kenkyukai
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 813
Re: Aikido And Chocolate Cake

Thanks for sharing

Draw strength from stillness. Learn to act without acting. And never underestimate a samurai cat.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:46 AM   #5
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 21
Re: Aikido And Chocolate Cake

Very nice :-)
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