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Old 10-30-2002, 12:50 PM   #26
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Based only on anecdotal evidence, our general thought is that people that can deal with ukemi are much more likely to stay.

FWIW:

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Old 10-30-2002, 06:17 PM   #27
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In my experince the people who are interested in learning aikido tend to stay longer than those who want to do aikido.

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Old 10-30-2002, 10:44 PM   #28
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In my own humble personal observation, I think only the people with some psychological or personal problems or lacking something in their lives stay (including myself)

People who have other more interesting stuff to do in their lives, such as being married to a beautiful woman , having social and cultural activities... etc. do not stay long.

People who have inferiority complexes or other complexes stay, people who have political ambitions in the dojo stay, lonely people who have nothing else to do stay... etc.
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Old 10-31-2002, 01:33 AM   #29
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alison macdiarmid (Ali B) wrote:
Kev - is your Sensei John Emmerson? I used to go to courses at Perth Green and South Sheilds.
Hi Alison,

Yes, I do get taught by John Emmerson, at perth green

My main dojo is in birtley with Keith Robertson (4th Dan), but I train with Sensei Emmerson every wednesday night.

The south sheilds club would be julies yes? will she remember you?

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Old 10-31-2002, 06:43 AM   #30
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Greg Jennings wrote:
Jun, All:

Based only on anecdotal evidence, our general thought is that people that can deal with ukemi are much more likely to stay.

FWIW:
I've had that experience myself. I think people get disheartened if they feel they are not performing as good as others in the class. Also, I think the fear of injury and inability to participate properly doesn't help. On a longer term, I think people that are looking for a quick self-defence solution do not stay very long (especially those that want to rip out someones heart with their little finger and serve it to their enemy on a bed of toe-nail clippings).

I tell everyone that when different people see the same technique they learn different things from it, therefore where some people are weak in some areas, they tend to be stronger in others - and I believe this to be true.

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Old 10-31-2002, 08:06 AM   #31
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Edward Karaa (Edward) wrote:
In my own humble personal observation, I think only the people with some psychological or personal problems or lacking something in their lives stay (including myself)

People who have other more interesting stuff to do in their lives, such as being married to a beautiful woman , having social and cultural activities... etc. do not stay long.

People who have inferiority complexes or other complexes stay, people who have political ambitions in the dojo stay, lonely people who have nothing else to do stay... etc.
That is a very sad but remarkably accurate observation, atleast in my case.

Then again, the rest of you here are all pretty hardcore as well, damn interweb nerds and crackpots I hang out with...
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Old 10-31-2002, 09:58 AM   #32
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Edward wrote:

"In my own humble personal observation, I think only the people with some psychological or personal problems or lacking something in their lives stay (including myself)

People who have other more interesting stuff to do in their lives, such as being married to a beautiful woman , having social and cultural activities... etc. do not stay long.

People who have inferiority complexes or other complexes stay, people who have political ambitions in the dojo stay, lonely people who have nothing else to do stay... etc."

Edward, what you say has its own gothic poetic beauty, but it's really not true - at least in my situation.

I have friends and social opportunities, a wicked busy career, a beautiful love to dote on... I make time for aikido because it helps me to do all these other things better.

I mean, I will be the first to admit that aikido has a lot of potential to be dorky, but very very few of the people I train with are actually losers with nothing else going on.

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Old 10-31-2002, 10:25 AM   #33
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Actually my previous post was not intended to be taken seriously, even though it has some truth in it, like all jokes....
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