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Old 07-22-2010, 02:00 PM   #1
Thomas Osborn
Dojo: Aikido of Northampton
Location: Holyoke, MA
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 108
"make Your Aikido Your Own"

7/22/10 w [5v] These five vets have been pretty consistent for the last six weeks. This means two things; I will loose them after this week, I will have a whole new group next week. It has been nice to have some consistency in the group and be able to move them from the absolute basic techniques to more complex moves.
I started them with basic two hand grab to the shoulders. One of the vets asked if I could repeat the nikyo from a cross hand grab. I had them work on this a bit, then decided to try something different. I talked about breathing and relaxing to center, joining partners center to their center and moving smoothly. I then invited them to experiment with the cross hand grab, and see what they could do while maintaining those basic points. They really got into this and while there were some interesting variations, they mostly re-invented existing techniques. All I did was work with them on being relaxed, centered and smooth, and left them to play with technique.
After class, one of the guys came up to me and thanked me, "I think I learned more in this class than before". I think this is a fairly accurate way to evaluate wether or not I am being successful in teaching what I think is most important. As Satome says, "You must make your Aikido your own". But if I am not giving a solid grounding in the basics, they have no solid foundation to base "their own" on.

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Old 07-23-2010, 12:24 AM   #2
Benjamin Mehner
Dojo: Salt Lake Aikikai, Zen Bu Kan
Location: Midvale, Ut
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 53
Re: "make Your Aikido Your Own"

Thomas Osborn wrote: View Post
7/22/10 w [5v] These five vets have been pretty consistent for the last six weeks. This means two things; I will loose them after this week, I will have a whole new group next week.
Why will you lose them next week? Keep up the good work, live in the moment and do your best. What more could anyone ask for?

Let silence be my mantra.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:30 PM   #3
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Dojo: Allegheny Aikido, Pitsburgh PA
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 942
Re: "make Your Aikido Your Own"

I'm glad you are finding what you do so rewarding and that your students are benefiting so much. A book I have been reading recently made me think of you and these men.

In Search of the warrior spirit by Richard Strozzi heckler talks about this man's time spent in a government project, in 1985, that included teaching aikido to a special forces group of green berets.

Fascinating book if you have not read it I would highly recommend it as a possible source of valuable insight to you.
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:42 PM   #4
Joe Wokoro
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 4
Re: "make Your Aikido Your Own"

Yes, sir we must dig in and make our practice our own. I recall the words of the great German poet, Rilke to a young poet:

You ask whether your verses are good. You ask me. You have asked others before. You send them to magazines. You compare them with other poems, and you are disturbed when certain editors reject your efforts. Now ... I beg you to give up all that. You are looking outward and that above all you should not do now. Nobody can counsel and help you, nobody. There is only one single way: Go into yourself.
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