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Old 04-25-2005, 01:22 PM   #26
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Location: Rochester, NY
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 281
Re: Family Affair?

I wish I could get my whole family on the mat. I'm the middle-toe of 7 kids, and we grew up wrangling one another. To be able to train with someone whose strengths and limitations you know very nearly as well as your own would be fantastic for my training.

I'll echo the sentiments on both CRASH and TESTING!

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Old 04-25-2005, 02:45 PM   #27
Nick P.
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Dojo: Sukagawa Aikido Club of Montreal
Location: Montreal
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 642
Re: Family Affair?

My wife came to my 2nd or 3rd ever class; back in the day when neither of us had a gi, and the club only had blue foam wrestling mats. She started a couple of years back and has been hooked ever since. She's on a bit of a break with our 1 year old, but is itching to get back.

As her (and most everyone else in the club)'s senior, it sometimes got sticky when I tried to teach her particular things; I was either being too vague or too direct, or demanding too much, not to mention the whole spouse angle. Here's a hint (mate or no) for everyone; not everyone learns the same way, and some people you just can't teach. And that's fine.

Others are already asking when my boy is going to start. Good thing our club has a minimum age of 16!

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Old 04-26-2005, 12:46 AM   #28
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Dojo: Aikido Verein Esslingen
Location: Duisburg
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 193
Re: Family Affair?

I started aikido a couple of months after my husband, and I can only recommend it to any other couple - it is soo much cheaper than partner therapy
Seriously, we work great together on the mat (umm..., off the mat as well, of course ), and we will be each otherīs uke at our shodan tests later this year. It is great to share that.
OTOH, I also know couples that donīt like to practice with each other, but in most of their cases one of them is much further advanced and the other one feels patronized by them
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Old 04-26-2005, 07:34 AM   #29
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Location: Diemen, the Netherlands
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 18
Re: Family Affair?

I really like training with my husband; our main problem is that we're both a bit shy, so we tend to end up training with each other a little too often. (Especially when we're tired, or when I don't 'get' a technique.)

Berna Bleeker
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:06 PM   #30
Melissa Fischer
Dojo: Tenzan Aikido/Seattle Holistic Center
Location: Seattle, Wa USA
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 53
Re: Family Affair?

I started Aikido because my two sons started. That was 5 + years ago. It was weird having the older one (now 17) get bigger than me. The younger guy (12) throws like the dickens, look out when he "out grows" me!
Lots of families train together here. 3 families can fill up a whole mat!

Melissa Fischer
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