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Old 12-30-2005, 11:26 PM   #26
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

Even if you had left out Nadeau Sensei's name, I would have bet good money that it was he... (Don't tell anyone, but he's a little eccentric...)
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:52 PM   #27
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

Balance, Direction, Technique.

He also says not to dwell on the past or think to hard about the future just give all of yourself to the moment.

That goes for Training and Life.

Have a great New Year everyone.


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Old 12-31-2005, 06:19 AM   #28
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

"If it doesn't work hit them"

Aikido doesn't work? My Aikido works, what on earth are you practicing?!
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Old 12-31-2005, 12:54 PM   #29
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

My sensei loves to demonstrate how things can be reversed if you let uke get behind you so i probably hear "dont let them get behind you" more than anything else.

He also has to tell me frequently not to lean over, and to keep moving. More importantly... to stay connected , and hold on tight as uke.
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Old 12-31-2005, 05:09 PM   #30
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

Talking about the attitude we should have when we train, during one wepontraining my sensei said - In aikido you should never ever take a step back! Always have the attitude forward. Taking a step back is not called taking a step back, is called changing position in order to continue going forward.
What a great thread!
Oh, and Happy New Year!!!!
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Old 12-31-2005, 08:41 PM   #31
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"Keep your guard up".
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Old 12-31-2005, 08:57 PM   #32
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"When you want to learn a technique, ask someone higher than you and don't complain when they do it to you over and over again, thank them, cause you're the one who wanted to know." and "Question everything after the lesson has been spoken if your question wasn't answered, no matter how silly it may seem."
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Old 12-31-2005, 09:11 PM   #33
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"Aikido comes from the sword."
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Old 01-01-2006, 06:01 AM   #34
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

Breath in, breath out, breath in, breath out ... ... and RELAX.
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Old 01-01-2006, 04:22 PM   #35
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

I was visiting a dojo in the Chicago area a couple of years ago while on a business trip.
In the changing room before class, a student was standing with his gi top on, & said that he was brand new, & could someone help him out.
The instructor (though I didn't know that at the time) said, "First thing.. put on your pants!"

Truer words were never spoken, I think.

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Now, who took my @#$%! map?!
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Old 01-01-2006, 05:58 PM   #36
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Dumb questions are better than dumb mistakes
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Old 01-02-2006, 12:45 PM   #37
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

"strength isn't the issue, it's not about power it's about placement and timing" and of course "You won't learn much from down there, get up!"
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Old 01-02-2006, 02:05 PM   #38
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"More practice." - Saotome

"One does not find wisdom in another's words." -James D. Chye
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Old 01-02-2006, 02:54 PM   #39
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"Why don't you come and try a class?"

That was almost ten years ago and I cannot thank him enough for it.

When you learn to love hell, you will be in heaven
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Old 01-02-2006, 11:12 PM   #40
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"Go and train with everyone you can... you'll always learn something!"
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Old 01-03-2006, 12:07 AM   #41
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

From Bookman Sensei: Never give up your back.

From Ikeda Sensei: Stay warm (not as profound as when he told my brother to get a light for his bike but still very useful).

From Hoffmeister Sensei: Don't think about it. Do it. Or words to that effect.

And from too many sempai to count: ENTER! NOW!
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:25 AM   #42
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Learn the alphabet before trying to read words!

Before you drive or steer your vehicle, you must first start the engine, release the brake and find gear!
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:42 AM   #43
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no short cuts
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:27 AM   #44
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My sensei once said to me:
"No matter what rank I attain, and no matter how many years I live, I don't assume that I'm more wise than anyone else. I'd rather just butt out of other peoples' lives. If they ask me for it, then I'll give them advice. "

"The only difference between Congress and drunken sailors is that drunken sailors spend their own money." -Tom Feeney, representative from Florida
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Old 01-03-2006, 02:21 PM   #45
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Shut up and train. I have to think about this every time I train or teach.

The second one I can't remember the wording, but it was along the lines of "You only start learning when you are tired enough that you are fighting the desire to stop and rest". That can't be the way he said it, he's not that wordy, but it was the general idea.

Paul
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Old 01-03-2006, 03:05 PM   #46
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Whenever the instructor gives correction to the class as a whole, always assume they are talking directly about/to you.

Bronson

"A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he is unable to make a choice between violence and non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence."
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:06 PM   #47
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I think I made that assumption monday when practicing Bokken Kata I.

Speaking of which . . . I gotta go, or I'll be late for class !
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Old 01-04-2006, 04:25 PM   #48
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Not my sensei, but I'd like to nominate Chuck Clark, and:
"Don't quit, don't die."

Sean
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Old 01-05-2006, 07:07 AM   #49
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

Another one that comes to mind is, although it was in Japanese it was something along the lines of. "It is rude to strike out your attacker, but polite to subdue them"

Before you drive or steer your vehicle, you must first start the engine, release the brake and find gear!
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Old 01-05-2006, 10:20 AM   #50
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mine told me know your self know others years ltr i knew what he ment
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