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Old 09-26-2010, 10:36 PM   #26
Dojo: Minato Aikikai
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Re: Not applying techniques to new students?

Jessica Tackett wrote: View Post
I put that wrong. As beginners we are not forced to take herd falls. But if we are being cocky, we have to take more falls than usual.
A herd fall sounds scary. How big is your herd?
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:05 PM   #27
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Willi Brix wrote: View Post
A herd fall sounds scary. How big is your herd?
Oh no not another cow-tipping dojo!!!

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Old 10-14-2010, 09:28 PM   #28
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Dojo: Aikido of Evansville
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Re: Not applying techniques to new students?

"I think most people carry a lot of muscular tension that they are not aware of; I think that the difficult task of trying to learn Aikido makes them more anxious/tense; I think that this makes them work harder and faster despite good intentions. It takes a while to internalize the concept of staying relaxed while being faced with a strike - even a slow strike from a benevolent partner."

I have heard the words... relax your shoulders and settle in more times than I can count hehe. It truly is difficult to relax when you have a bokan headed for your forehead. Fore me learning to relax and let myself fall was a very very difficult thing. I think as a newbie I do have alot of muscular tension. I try to hard to loosen up and relax that I believe I make it worse. I just try to take a deep breath and not over-think what I am trying to do. Sometimes I overt-hink things way too much and that causes me to tense up and speed up without realizing it. My sempei has asked me to break a movement down into points and that really seems to help me.

I didn't take ukemi the first couple weeks I was there, It was more of a mental thing than anything,. We practiced ukemi's during one class though and it made me more comfortable with the idea of it.
Also when I do kinda go the wrong way he stops right then in their in mid move and corrects me and explains why and how to correct myself. then he gently demonstrates why. I think I am getting better about not trying to muscle my way and speed up.
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