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Old 05-22-2002, 09:51 AM   #1
Ali B
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 56
United Kingdom
Question Not practicing

Hi guys, this is my first ever post but I have been reading all of yours with interest. I have not been able to practice very much this year (new job and no car).

I feel very disapointed about it, I am used to practicing at least 3 times a week. Can any one tell me what I should do to enhance my aikido life?

If I dont get to practice am I still an aikidoka?
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Old 05-22-2002, 10:10 AM   #2
Greg Jennings
Dojo: WPAFB JiuJitsu Group
Location: Springboro, OH
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,110
Re: Not practicing

Originally posted by Ali B
Can any one tell me what I should do to enhance my aikido life?
This is covered somewhat over in the "Beginners Help Please" thread.

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showth...0857#post20857 .

My other advice is to tackle the problem by getting some form of transportation to the dojo.

Best Regards,

Greg Jennings
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Old 05-22-2002, 10:47 AM   #3
Ali B
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 56
United Kingdom
Thumbs down Thanks for the advice

The problem is not really transport but hours of work clashing with practice time. I have been practicing for 6 years steadily and now feel like Im missing so much.

My teacher is Japanese and I dont know how long Ill be living in Spain, so I want to practice with him as much as possible before going home to the U.K

If I had my way Id give up working and practice every day. I cant do that just yet, so Im just having a good moan about it instead!
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Old 05-22-2002, 10:53 AM   #4
Lyle Bogin
Dojo: Shin Budo Kai
Location: Manhattan
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 588
If you cannot practice aikido, can you practice something else? When you return to aikido, you will have an expanded foundation of knowledge on which you can build your training.
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Old 05-22-2002, 11:19 AM   #5
Ali B
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 56
United Kingdom
Yes, its finding something else to do. The nearest I can come up with is a salsa (dance) class, Im not sure Im ready for that yet. I live in Spain, so my choices are limited. I dont want to be a cry baby, I miss my aikido so much.

Thanks for your advice, I know others understand the feeling. I shall try to be more positive and take heart that it is not forever.
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Old 05-22-2002, 12:37 PM   #6
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Location: Florida Gulf coast
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 3,775
Condolences on being able to practice. It is very hard to learn Aikido without someone else. You can read, watch videos, and practice the principles (enter & blend, redirect & unbalance, throw or control, let go & move on) in other areas of your life. Practicing the Tenkan footwork to a driving rhythm while maintaing proper alignment helps. Mental rehearsal is used by a lot of athelets during a lay off.

IMHO, there are a lot of people who practice Aikido who are Aikidokas beacuse they have not accept the practice and philosphy as a part of their identity. But, once you are, I guess you are.

Until again,

Nidan Tenshinkai Aikido
Lucaylucay Kali JKD

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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