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Old 10-15-2003, 08:25 AM   #1
Paula Lydon
Dojo: Aikido Shugenkai
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 427
breaking vitamins

~~I break these honking big vit C 500mg tablets in half and know immediately if I'm using muscular strength (shoulders bunch and the flow of energy goes right back into my chest) or principles (shoulders relax, energy flows outward through fingertips, tablet snaps cleanly in half). Opening jars, breaking kindling, moving objects, etc. Simple observations but all great training throughout the day.

~~Anyone else?

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Old 10-15-2003, 09:54 PM   #2
Location: Indonesia
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 245
I use a knife.

As for opening jars, splitting chopsticks or other fiddly stuff, I don't think I'm sensitive enough to accurately determine whether I'm using the correct principles or not.

Opening doors or moving heavier objects, I do get a clearer idea of whether I'm using my whole body or just upper body strength. However, when I find myself using the correct principles, I start thinking, "what a wuss...had to use your whole body on that one, didn't you?"
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Old 10-15-2003, 10:23 PM   #3
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Dojo: 合気研究会
Location: Jakarta Selatan
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 504
I just take the whole 500mg tablets.

Sometimes I take 2 of them...

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 10-15-2003, 10:39 PM   #4
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Dojo: Open Sky Aikikai (formerly the North Winnipeg Aikikai)
Location: Winterpeg, Manisnowba
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 144

Actually, this reminds me of when my husband came home one day and was practically jumping up and down with excitement, telling me, "I used my Ki to open a door today! I used my Ki to open a door today!"

Then I, naturally being the smart*ss that I am, said, "Oh, you mean like everyone else?" (Read "Ki" as "key") *chuckle* I'd say he walked right into that one, but that would just be another bad pun...

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"Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead." - Morihei Ueshiba
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Old 11-04-2003, 12:14 PM   #5
kung fu hamster
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 166
One of our teachers showed us cool experiments with that, like making a clean cut through a cake with relaxation (I assume that's what it was, but I guess you could call it ki extension), if you do it properly the molecules of the cake seem to move aside for the blade and you don't have a mangled slice, the result is a very clean cut. Now, if I can only apply this analogy to slicing with a sword... that ought to make a great party trick at the next birthday...!

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Old 11-11-2003, 12:33 AM   #6
Dojo: Seigi Dojo
Location: Jakarta
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 247
i just simply chew it sometimes. dealing with the vitamin's sourness is also a ki exercise y'know
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Old 11-11-2003, 05:05 PM   #7
Jesse Lee
Dojo: Tenzan Aikido, formerly named Seattle Aikikai
Location: Seattle, WA
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 94

Actually, this reminds me of when my husband came home one day and was practically jumping up and down with excitement, telling me, "I used my Ki to open a door today! I used my Ki to open a door today!"
It's heartwarming to see folks unlocking their potential.

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