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Old 05-22-2002, 08:51 AM   #1
Ali B
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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, 09:10 AM   #2
Greg Jennings
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Re: Not practicing

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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,

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Old 05-22-2002, 09:47 AM   #3
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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, 09:53 AM   #4
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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, 10:19 AM   #5
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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, 11:37 AM   #6
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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,

Lynn
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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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