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Old 08-10-2005, 11:41 PM   #126
DustinAcuff
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

You start practicing your extreme ukemi skills by standing in the freeway at night and rolling over each car that hits you.

You start developing the cat-like ability to always land on your feet when thrown regaurdless of who or how.
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Old 08-11-2005, 12:46 AM   #127
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

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Dustin Acuff wrote:
You start practicing your extreme ukemi skills by standing in the freeway at night and rolling over each car that hits you.

You start developing the cat-like ability to always land on your feet when thrown regaurdless of who or how.
You start trying to do irimi nages with each car that passes by or try to sneak a nikkyo lock on anybody and everybody who comes into contact with you ?
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Old 10-17-2005, 11:14 AM   #128
Camille Lore
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

You pass by a sign that says "BBQ Chicken" and you swear you read BUDO chicken!
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Old 10-21-2005, 06:55 PM   #129
seph
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

i walk around in circles waiting for my next class does that count?
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Old 10-21-2005, 07:44 PM   #130
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Emma Mason wrote:
you have to fight the urge to inflict nikkyo on really horrible children and stuck up parents at the school gates
I guess I don't do enough Aikido because I don't think nikkyo I usually have to surpress the urge to smack them. Does that mean I get to train more since I haven't done too much?
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Old 10-21-2005, 10:56 PM   #131
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

I will often say "Hai" to waiters in restaurants or cashiers at fast food places. It's especially funny when I go to Mexican restaurants where the waiters speak Spanish as their first language. They are probably thinking that they should know what I'm saying, but can't figure out why they don't. It helps though that I always nod my head yes as I'm saying it, so they at least have the body language.

Another one for me is whenever I visit a doctor and they ask me to take a deep breath... They then have to reiterate "Ok, not THAT deep." LOL.

Even though it happens nearly every time, I don't think about it I just start breathing in as I would during deep breathing exercises....

I'm also guilty of the following:

You bow entering your home or workplace...(only occasionally).

Every grassy lawn or plush carpet looks like a place to practice your forward rolls, (It's so tempting, though I feel the same way with big newly paved empty car parks.).

You sleep with your bokken beside you, or anywhere near your reach, (You never know when the invisible ninja will attack! ).


You watch the new Star Wars movie a couple of times so you can keep track of the sword work, then you pay attention to the story. mwahahahahaha, (I use playback and slow motion as well, especially in scenes when I think the work is dodgy or when split sequences don't seem to line up: "Hey he wasn't in that stance!").

You practice rowing exercise while using vacuum cleaner, (Since our handle is a bit short, it's a lot better on my back as well).

You open doors by extending through the edge of your hand, and moving from your centre, (I constantly do this at public restrooms).

When watching action films, you critique their fighting form.

You practice your footwork and evasion when in a crowd. And people look at you funny, (I usually do so very subtly. So if people notice, I don't notice it.)

You sometimes wonder if you could ukemi over a car if surprised, (hopfully I'll never find out, I've also wondered if I could somehow manage to do a Tenkan in water out of a sharks path LOL).

You can recite your Aikido Lineage, but can't remember your own phone number

You decide not to transfer to another university because you don't want to leave your dojo


You only take Aikido vacations, (or want to make sure hit a Dojo during the vacation).

You dream about traveling all around the world and doing Aikido in all places. ~~~

The first thing you want to know when attending your uncle's wedding cross-country is "Where's the dojo where I can get some practice?" even though you will only be out of town for a day and a half.

You purchase shoes/sandals/boots/etc based on well you could perform technique in the street while wearing them. (And shirts and pants...)

You slide forward though doors after people and turn your hips to see if you can get through the door before it closes without touching it..... (I use to do this in high school, but not so much anymore).

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Old 10-22-2005, 05:03 AM   #132
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

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you have to fight the urge to inflict nikkyo on really horrible children and stuck up parents at the school gates
mmmmmmmmmmm i know what you mean emma but i have to fight the urge to do nikkiyo on my sons headmistress cos shes evil

some things are so dear and so precious you have to let them go
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Old 10-22-2005, 11:55 PM   #133
Lorien Lowe
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

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You can recite your Aikido Lineage, but can't remember your own phone number
Well, my aikido lineage only has three people to remember but my phone number has seven numbers!

And there are so many other numbers to get it mixed up with....

-LK
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Old 10-25-2005, 05:23 AM   #134
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

When anyone comes within 3 feet of you, you reflexively step offline or tenkan out of the way.

When anyone's hands come anywhere in the general vicinity of your head, you either duck or try to grab their wrist.

You do a full tenkan going through any door.

You have to restrain yourself from performing a koshinage on your father as you two are dancing at your uncle's wedding, and manage only because you know he can't take ukemi.

At the end of the song he tells you "Hey, you're a better dancer than your mum!"

You (mistakenly) say "Grab my wrist!" to your youngest karateka cousin after he says "Show me something!" (He couldn't take ukemi.)

You find yourself wishing there was a way to sit in seiza and keep driving, because sitting with your legs stuck out like that is soooo uncomfortable....
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:37 AM   #135
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

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You practice your footwork and evasion when in a crowd. And people look at you funny.
Gosh i never said this to anyone but i actually do that. I thought i was the only one.!!

[quote=Dustin Acuff]You would rather say home and train than go on a vacation to Disney.[\QUOTE]

AH! is it that bad??? *ahem* i did it quite a few times....
I do also clap when i go to the doctor. And when i'm practicing for my practical exams.

Gosh... i've been thinking... i do most of the things you say... hum... I bow when i thanks someone (not on purpose but when i try to undo it it's just too late); my university is next to my dojo ( ) so i don't need to skip classes

ehehe....

Another one... you know you've been doing too much aiki if you keep saying domo arigatou (and sometimes even *** gozaimashita)... Gosh it has happened sometimes lately,...
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Old 10-26-2005, 08:02 AM   #136
Satyre
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

Your wife threatens not to dance with you at your own wedding.

Corrolary: You now look forward to going to dancing lessons with her to see if the dancing teacher can offer you any inspiration.

She refuses to come near you with any form of knife, be it a bread knife or whatever.

Corrolary: She has stopped hitting you when you make provocative sexist jokes. (Unfortunately she will probably turn to more subtle ways of getting even)

You wife initially refuses to hold hands with you whenever you go for a walk together.

You actively provoke your bother-in-laws 40 kg (almost 90 lb) dog so you can try out kote gaeshi.

Any moment standing idle is a moment taken to practice tai tsabaki.

You steal the linseed oil out of the kitchen to oil your weapons. (Can't cook with that awful stuff anyway)


The mail man is more scared of you than he is of the dog: He lays the packages rather than daring to hand them to you.

Similarly, when you ask your colleagues to lend you their pen, they roll it carefully across the table rather than handing it to you...


You are in a car accident and calmly see it as an opportunity to practice blending forces. (Really happened)

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Old 10-26-2005, 12:06 PM   #137
MaryKaye
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

You're frantically picking out clothes for an important scientific talk, and realize when you arrive that you're wearing a loose black skirt and long-sleeved white blouse.... (I guess as a PhD I'm entitled to the hakama?)

You arrive at the aforementioned scientific meeting with detailed notes on how to find every dojo in town, but not how to find the meeting hall....

Incidentally, the sensei at the dojo where I visited during this trip said, "If you can keep your cool while my big student here tries to slug you, giving a scientific talk should be a cakewalk" and he was quite correct.

Mary Kaye
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