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Old 06-15-2005, 02:29 PM   #51
Josh Bisker
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

You fear for the day when, dancing at a friend's wedding you become so relaxed that, losing yourself in the rhythm of your partner's hips moving with yours to the music, you step through into an effortless koshinage, killing any chances you had with beautiful woman you were dancing with as well as, unsurprisingly, nearly killing the woman herself.
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:48 PM   #52
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when your so ukemi deprived while surfing the channels on t.v. that you stop and watch some WWE just to see them take breakfalls. :|

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Old 06-15-2005, 10:47 PM   #53
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

John, I feel your pain! I was dancing with a girl once and the particular dance reminded me way to much of the Muai Thai I was doing at the time.....I JUST caught myself before going for a clench+knee+elbow combo....very scary, especially since I was still in public schools at the time.
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Old 06-15-2005, 11:00 PM   #54
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

You only take Aikido vacations (pathetic!)

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Old 06-16-2005, 12:22 AM   #55
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You decide not to transfer to another university because you don't want to leave your dojo.
I recently had to deal with this one. But since both schools had Aikido clubs, I was trying to think of a way I could train at both, one while at school, and one when I was back at home visiting.
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Old 06-16-2005, 03:13 AM   #56
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

- you accidently leave a picture of a wisened old man at people's houses
- you 'blend' with the traffic when there is a near accident on the road
- you stand at the entrance to a door hoping everyone else will go through first
- you stand between you and your pets food, trying to get irimi-nage on it whilst it rushes forward.
- when you've missed a few sessions you end up grabbing your own forearms tightly, just to remember how it feels
- you look at people's posture as they walk along and try to refrain from saying 'relax your shoulders'

---understanding aikido is understanding the training method---
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Old 06-16-2005, 06:47 AM   #57
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

- When learning a dance for your wedding, instead of moving around your partner with a graceful 1-2-3-4 timing, you execute a determined ushiro-tekubi-tori catch.

Dance teacher: "NOT like that!"

(proof that Aikido is not like dancing?)

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Old 06-16-2005, 07:09 AM   #58
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You seriously consider going into politics to better your dojo's
situation !
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Old 06-16-2005, 08:40 AM   #59
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

Has anyone else tried Nikkyo on themselves when bored?


Aikido doesn't work? My Aikido works, what on earth are you practicing?!
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Old 06-16-2005, 10:18 AM   #60
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Has anyone else tried Nikkyo on themselves when bored?

No, but I kept doing the aiki-taiso wrist stretches related to nikkyo, sankyo, and kote gaeshi as part of my own workout during the years I wasn't doing Aikido. First night back, now-Sempai Ian noted my flexible wrists. I didn't have the heart to tell him; feel like a bit of a fraud for not mentioning it.
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Old 06-16-2005, 01:39 PM   #61
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

- In your office computer you have more Mbytes of Aikido documents, photos, and videos than work documents.
- While dancing you imagine how good would be to do a koshinage to your partner
- In the crowd streets you walk doing Irimi and Tenkan
- In your home and office computers and in your cellular phone there is a wallpaper with the portrait of Osensei or other Aikido Pic.
- You have applied several times kotegaeshi to your girlfriend and little brothers.
- You dream about travelling all around the world and doing Aikido in all places
- Your students have some of your old gis or belts
- You know most of the martial artist in your city

And I`m also one of those, I can`t say thanks with out bowing. And also after dancing. And also if I enter late to class to a meeting,.. and when I get home

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Old 06-16-2005, 07:35 PM   #62
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You cringe when the pianist bows at the end of the concert. Don't just flop over like that! Bend from the hips, hands at your sides!
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Old 06-16-2005, 10:21 PM   #63
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

your notebooks meant for class notes are half filled with doodles of stick figures ( with hakamas) doing the techniques frame by frame/thumbnail sketches of the movements from attack to the finishing throw or pin.
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Old 06-16-2005, 10:30 PM   #64
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You bow when getting off the dance floor and get irritated with your partner for not doing the same to show respect.

Jeanne
Better yet, do this in a learn-to-salsa-dance class, where you don't know the people other than your spouse! They all think I'm nuts, though I admit the mishmash of Latin music and Japanese bowing is pretty funny. . .

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Old 06-16-2005, 11:34 PM   #65
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When your Kali instructor cancels a Tuesday night class because his kids are sick, the first thought that pops into your mind is you can sit in at a college Aikido club. (And the only reason you sit in is because of a sore neck.)
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Old 06-24-2005, 03:28 PM   #66
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A classic:

http://www.aikidofaq.com/humor/top10/

The top 10 reasons Aikido training is like S&M

10. You go to a special place, get dressed in special clothes and tell someone how to hurt you

9. You pay to have it done to you

8. The more you do it. The harder and faster you want it.

7. Practitioners of both arts stay up all night looking for their stuff on the internet.

6. It can take your relationship to a new level if you can get you spouse involved.

5. You always say "Thank You" to the person hurting you when they are done.

4. Even if someone gets really hurt, chances are they'll do it again.

3. "The more you relax, the less this will hurt!"

2. No one understands why you do it except other people involved in the activity.

1. You inflict pain in an effort to get your partner horizontal. And then it's your turn. And you're glad!

BRILLIANT!
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Old 06-28-2005, 10:20 PM   #67
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

I almost fell off my chair when I read the "The top 10 reasons Aikido training is like S&M". Keep the funnies coming ladies and gents =)
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:21 AM   #68
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You occasionally have dreams where your sensei or shihan is telling you something cryptic/important and you spend the next week trying to figure out what it meant.

Someone approaches too close to you in a parking lot and you tenkan to increase your ma ai and only realize thats what you were doing after you did it.

One of the reasons you change careers was that the old one was too inconvenient for doing Aikido.

One of your main concerns about getting older is that you won't be able to take as much ukemi.
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Old 06-29-2005, 10:27 AM   #69
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Even though there is probaly another copy of it in your house somewhere, you pick up a copy of "Principles of Aikido" by Saotme Sensei on impulse during your road trip.

You use "_______ Sensei" without thinking about it.
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:10 AM   #70
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You're bored and holding a pen,
so you take it between thumbs and index fingers
and start doing a jo-kata.
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Old 06-29-2005, 12:47 PM   #71
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One of your main concerns about getting older is that you won't be able to take as much ukemi.
this terrifies me. I love ukemi.
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Old 06-29-2005, 02:37 PM   #72
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The first thing you want to do after seeing a fun movie (e.g."Mr. and Mrs. Smith") is go to the dojo and train...even at 11pm on a Sunday night.
Well, once my husband went directly to morning class from the airport after we arrived from Japan. We had been travelling about 24 hours and he had watched The Matrix about 13 times in a row on the plane. He wanted to try some stuff out, ya know. I think he just about leveled someone doing nikkyo, by planting his free hand and kicking nage with both feet. It was just imbedded in his head from the movie.

Another is that he actually did a knife take away at our wedding reception while cutting the cake. I took ukemi and all. The relatives try to hide whose pictures in the album!!

Sunny

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Old 06-29-2005, 07:49 PM   #73
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- You exit your car and shut the door in one smooth tenkan.




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Old 06-30-2005, 05:37 AM   #74
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[My husband] actually did a knife take away at our wedding reception while cutting the cake. I took ukemi and all. The relatives try to hide those pictures in the album!!
Do they? WE want to see them! Could you scan them and put them in the image gallery? Please?

Berna Bleeker
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Old 06-30-2005, 12:54 PM   #75
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at the wedding the aikidokas in the audience made minature hakamas from the serviettes

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