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Old 06-06-2005, 10:23 AM   #1
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Talking Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

Hello again guys!

Have you noticed how (for some reason) your wardrobe is now made up of white shirts and baggy black pants, or that for some reason you start tapping out when going to the dentist? Maybe you have done Aikido for too long, so here's another idea for a Top 10 List:

Top 10 Signs You Have Done Way Too Much Aikido.

10.- Your idea for a perfect date involves candlelit dinner, romantic music and a helluva lot of randori.

9.- You unconsciously keep applying the kotegaeshi to people giving you a friendly handshake.

8.- Clapping twice not only turns the lights off. It also puts you in SEIZA.

Ok gang, keep'em coming!

U.

"He who dies with the most toys...still dies."
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:22 AM   #2
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You bow entering your home or workplace...

Come on, I can't be the only one who's done this.
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Old 06-06-2005, 12:20 PM   #3
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

While holding hands with your loved one you keep thinking "Man, I could really mess them up.."
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Old 06-06-2005, 12:28 PM   #4
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

Even when you're out of socks and underwear, your first load of laundry is your uniforms ...
(and yes, I've bowed in the doorway of my house and friends' houses. Sigh)

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Old 06-06-2005, 02:55 PM   #5
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Every grassy lawn or plush carpet looks like a place to practice your forward rolls.

You get asked to play a zombie in improv theater, and you screw it up because you can't convince yourself that it's okay to be "weight upperside" in your shoulders. (Aiki-zombie, that's me. It looked...wrong.)

You reflexively tie the sash of your fancy party dress into an obi knot.

When you travel for business, you look up the local dojo before you look up the shuttle bus or hotel listings.

Mary Kaye
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Old 06-06-2005, 07:13 PM   #6
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Quote:
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You bow entering your home or workplace...

Come on, I can't be the only one who's done this.
You bow when getting off the dance floor and get irritated with your partner for not doing the same to show respect.

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Old 06-06-2005, 08:39 PM   #7
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You berate the PTO at your child's school to get the principal to change the school calendar so you can make just one more seminar next year.

Larry
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Old 06-06-2005, 08:41 PM   #8
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You just know a trip for the two of you to Aikido Summer Camp would make the perfect anniversary present.

Larry
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Old 06-06-2005, 08:42 PM   #9
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You say "Hai, Sensei!" to your client in the middle of a business meeting.

Larry
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Old 06-06-2005, 08:44 PM   #10
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You're a professional business consultant with more keiko gis than business suits.

Larry
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Old 06-06-2005, 08:45 PM   #11
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You'd rather have a new bokken than a new Xbox and your kid would rather do aikido class than play video games.

Larry
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Old 06-06-2005, 09:08 PM   #12
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You obsessively study the Lone Wolf and Cub movies to get ideas about good footwork.

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Old 06-06-2005, 09:10 PM   #13
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Your wife's favorite shirt has a picture of Musashi holding a severed head ... wait, my wife has one of those!

Larry
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Old 06-06-2005, 09:55 PM   #14
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You're in the middle of practicing an armlock in Kali that has the same body motion as ikkyo ura, and your body goes on autopilot and you watch yourself finish the pin and make guro tape out. (Actually happened a few weeks back. Guro Andy may have thought I was showing off, but I wasn't; darndest thing I ever felt, too!)

You instinctively blend with a falling coat hangar, keeping your arm a milimeter ahead of it as it falls, and you redirect it to the top of the washing machine where it rattles off your arm. You spend the next five minutes there standing there, thinking, "What the heck did I just do!?"
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Old 06-06-2005, 09:57 PM   #15
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.... your kid would rather do aikido class than play video games.
That is sick, sick, SICK! How's he supposed to join our sedintery society and be non-productive heart attack victim if he does that? Child abuse!

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Old 06-06-2005, 10:00 PM   #16
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

Although you aren't so far gone you bow when you get home, when you go to the gym to work out on your own, you have to fight the urge to bow to the aerobis are you use for practicing kata.
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Old 06-06-2005, 10:21 PM   #17
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I think most YoshiOrcs have OSU!'d the 7-11 guy before.


I also thought most people's idea of a good date included an inpromptu newaza class afterwards... ;-)
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Old 06-06-2005, 10:46 PM   #18
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You feel naked when you're not wearing a hakama:P
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:17 PM   #19
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You get sick because you have not had practice.

You can pack your keiko gi and hakama faster than you can pack a weekend's supply of clothes.

You sleep with your bokken beside you, or anywhere near your reach.
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:23 PM   #20
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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
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:51 PM   #21
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

Quote:
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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
You think that Anakin would've saved himself if he had done Shomenuchi Iriminage on Obi-Wan when he had the opening.

"He who dies with the most toys...still dies."
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Old 06-07-2005, 04:01 AM   #22
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

Quote:
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Have you noticed how (for some reason) your wardrobe is now made up of white shirts and baggy black pants, or that for some reason you start tapping out when going to the dentist?
Yes, I've done that! Not at the dentist's, but at the doctor's.

Berna Bleeker
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Old 06-07-2005, 04:30 AM   #23
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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!

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Old 06-07-2005, 09:34 AM   #24
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You take ukemi for cars. I did this a couple months ago. I was coming through the intersection on my bicycle when someone decided that now was the time to take their free right. I felt/heard/saw the car coming at me, so I turned in the direction the car was going and rode alongside it until it had completed their turn and then I scurried back into the bike lane where I belonged. I also shouted and cursed, which wasn't very aiki but seemed appropriate at the time.
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:46 AM   #25
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Re: Top 10 Signs You Have Done Too Much Aiki

You find yourself driving with "Ki Grip"

You practice rowing exercise while using vacuum cleaner.

Sweeping the front/back porch with a broom has significant martial implications for any bystanders.

You focus on hanmi while cleaning the toilet bowl.

You keep a bokken at work for slow periods in the day (several us at the dojo are guilty of this one)
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