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Old 11-07-2002, 10:52 AM   #1
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Curious, what you you believe are important point and aspects to put on a great Aikido demonstration?

Until again,

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
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Old 11-07-2002, 12:23 PM   #2
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What people notice when we do a demo is how much fun we have. People are smiling and laughing as they get thrashed. Folks aren't used to seeing that joyful side of training when they think of martial arts.

Further I think that adequate coverage of the origins of Aikido, who the founder is, how it evolved etc. are important points to give people a framework of what they're looking at. Also the intent of Aikido: one intructor at our dojo is jiujitsu guy also: he likes to point out the differences in the JJ form of a technique and the Aikido implementation.

side note: we did a demo a couple of weeks ago for a local Japanese Society. A bunch of white guys demonstrating a piece of Japanese culture for a group of Japanese people. Funny.
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Old 11-07-2002, 01:37 PM   #3
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Lol Matt. We did the exact same thing here in Pasadena. It was a demonstration at the local Japanese Culutural "Center". The thing is... everyone was japanese except us. Just a bunch of non-japanese guys displaying roots from the japanese culture, to the japanese people.

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Old 11-07-2002, 02:09 PM   #4
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We try to express the following aspects in demonstrations:[list=1]

Erik Jurrien Menzel
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