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Old 10-22-2003, 02:34 AM   #1
Ari Bolden
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Music in the dojo?

Are there any aikidoka who have music in the dojo? Perhaps some 'mellow' music while warming up? I tend to have some playing, if I am in the mood and not too loud (unless it's randori ;-)

Just curious.

ARi B.

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Old 10-22-2003, 02:39 AM   #2
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No. I hardly think that would ever happen in our dojo. We should focus on sensei, uke and the technique - not on music.

However there IS a Salsa-club on the floor above us, and a Maran-ata church a little further down the building, so we do get some musical background on occasion

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Old 10-22-2003, 02:49 AM   #3
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That reminds me of a dojo that was over a pub? Not much music, but a whole lot of @#$%@# language.

It's funny the sounds one can block out while training...or not...as the case may be.

Many traditionalist would cringe at the music aspect. I find that sometimes (not ALL), music _may_ help as a focal point to calm the mind. One must gage the feeling.

Which brings me to another thought really. How may people at aikido pot lucks play music (as in instruments). I've been to may pot lucks, in several different cities, as it just seems to be apart of teh whole experience. Anyone else notice this?


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Old 10-24-2003, 11:03 AM   #4
Guy Jackson
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Though very new to Aikido I could see how the right type of BACKGROUND music could possible aid in the study of Aikido. Say some soft classical, allowing it to help create a smooth rythmic flow in your practice. After all when done well a lot of aikido techniques seem like dancing. Of course it could go to extremes where you would need a D-Jay to pick out the right music for the right techniques, lets see... Mozart or Gypsy Kings?
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Old 10-24-2003, 11:11 AM   #5
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Dojo: Satori Dojo
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We often use some classical music, Japan traditional, instrumental and new age,.. and it is really cool,.... yes,.. some traditionalist may say that it is not right but we enjoy the music and also helps to relax the people in class. Of course it is not loud music.

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Old 10-24-2003, 11:46 AM   #6
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Here's a thread on the subject that went on earlier this year:


My post from that thread read:
We actually had two classes here where we had one of our members with experience in African drumming play his drums during the class. Some people liked it while others didn't.

Robert Nadeau sensei often teaches randori to drumming at what used to be the San Rafael Summer Retreat (now in Menlo Park).

I think I prefer the "usual" sounds of training over music myself. I wonder if listening to music while training will make the music manipulate one's internal "rhythm" that develops within the technique itself? One thing I've been looking for these days is to connect with and then "break" my partner's internal rhythm; I would think it would be difficult to do this if we were both operating in basically the same rhythm (ie to external music)...
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