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Old 08-29-2002, 11:10 PM   #1
Ben_t_shodan
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My Thought

Just my thought put on your computer screen.

Aikido is not practiced on the mat, but lived in life.


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Old 08-30-2002, 12:18 PM   #2
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Re: My Thought

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Ben Doubleday (Ben_t_shodan) wrote:
Aikido is not practiced on the mat, but lived in life.
IMHO, perhaps it is both.

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Old 08-30-2002, 01:37 PM   #3
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Don't mix the two up.

It can be a very painfull fall on the mat, or two nice policemen escorting you to the house of iron bars.

But finding the third thing, adapting aikido movements to make everyday life easier, or number four, finding how other martial arts can fit into Aikido ... my personal hobbies.

Anyone got more for five, six, or seven?
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Old 08-30-2002, 09:34 PM   #4
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Philosophically speaking, Aikido should be practiced everytime you breath. Breath training is a part of aikido.

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Old 08-30-2002, 11:09 PM   #5
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Re: My Thought

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Ben Doubleday (Ben_t_shodan) wrote:
Just my thought put on your computer screen.

Aikido is not practiced on the mat, but lived in life.

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Let me see if I can let you see my understanding a little better. When I wrote this quote I meant after the Dan ranks. I think it was someone (I don't remember who ) that said; "your training begins when you become a black belt, before that your training to become a student. Not an Aikidoka."

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Or I could just be wrong, in that case just ignore me.

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Old 09-01-2002, 02:22 PM   #6
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Excuse me, Mr. Doubleday, but if we were all on the street, and no uniforms or belts were present, how would it be any different for anyone that practiced Aikido?

I guess I am the Anti-Christ when it comes to testing anymore. More than two thirds of the dan ranks I meet are so wrapped up in their teaching, and training, they often need a slap up side their head to return to basics in martial arts, and proper variations to applications.

I am a fan of learning something, practicing it, and letting the natural memory retain the basics as I build my storehouse of knowledge.

Too often, the "advanced techniques" of mental or physical training are the basic build blocks of other martial arts, or meditation/religious practice.

So, although your original post was an interesting thesis, the addendum was not.

You ain't got no mat, or black belt out there in real life. The playing field can quickly be evened by the book of dirty tricks. The only real defense or mental training is your ability to apply what you know.

I guess I was sorely disappointed in watching the UFC fights, and after the first two years of grapplers ruling the ring, I stopped watching that spectacle.

But, if you really believe in the first statement, why make a post about it?

Was it a joke, or a poke at mental gymnastics?
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Old 09-02-2002, 01:26 AM   #7
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Quote:
Bruce Baker wrote:
Was it a joke, or a poke at mental gymnastics?
I was just wondering how many people shared my opinion, and as I have read on other threads (and a little in this one) some Aikidoka understanding is different that mine (but not wrong by any means). I feel that the practice on the mat is not to practice aikido at all, (I am talking about the principles) but preparing us to go out in life to practice Aikido.

Aikido in life may not be physical, but verbal, emotional, as well as mental. And their are no rules!!!! Blending is of the essence!

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Old 09-02-2002, 01:48 AM   #8
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The applications and techniques practiced on the mat are exercises to help us understand the abstract and spiritual concepts of Aikido.
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