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Old 01-05-2006, 04:44 PM   #51
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

One of the quotes that I like from the late Bill Sosa Sensei was: "Be yourself - don't pretend to be something that you are not".
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Old 01-05-2006, 06:51 PM   #52
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

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Joe Cavazos wrote:
One of the quotes that I like from the late Bill Sosa Sensei was: "Be yourself - don't pretend to be something that you are not".
Good advice in any situation...
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:52 AM   #53
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

"Go practice"

This advice comes regularly, especially when I think I accomplished something and even when I have. The "advice" is usually prefixed with "That's nice".

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Old 01-17-2006, 03:48 AM   #54
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

"Don't apologise, just get it right next time." He wasn't being serious (I hope), he wanted to see if I would post it!

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Old 01-17-2006, 03:58 AM   #55
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

or was it perfect?

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Old 02-15-2006, 02:05 PM   #56
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

"Don't just stand there--Do something! "
"Thou shalt finish with thy back heel on the mat."
"Get the hell out of the way!"
"Don't apologize."
"Imagine that you're spraying water out of your fingers, like a fire-hose."
There's more, of course, but those are the ones that come to mind.
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:26 PM   #57
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

"Thou shalt finish with thy back heel on the mat."

I just got reminded about that one on saturday. Darn hamstrings!

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Old 02-15-2006, 03:12 PM   #58
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

Glenn Webber Sensei once told me,"I do aikido like I play pool, I never make things harder than they have to be" that has alwasy stuck with me

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Old 02-15-2006, 04:31 PM   #59
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If we keep training one day we'll figure it out.

Harmony does not mean that there are no conflicts,
for the dynamic spiral of existence embraces both extremes.
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Old 02-15-2006, 04:58 PM   #60
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"get the F$@k up, NOW"
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Old 02-15-2006, 09:21 PM   #61
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The best single peice of advise I have ever gotten was from my personaly friend/mentor Sifu Regedanz. It was given to me durring a rough time in my life when I began to question almost all around me and became very confused.
"You must be stronger than your Chi or feelings to have good control of them. Now is the time to build it. Once you harness or control the negetive Chi, it will be a whole new thing to you. It can't be explained but it will be like you are living fot the first time or starting life over. Then you can do with out trying, See without looking, Hear without listening, and know how the outcome will be before it gets there. It will all come, just keep practicing. Remember one must live within the relm of the art, this is when it becomes Instinct."
This advise spoke wonders to me, and really helped me alot not only with life, but to my suprise it became the biggest impact to my Martial skills than anything else. I finally started to undertand what made my Sifu different than anyone I had ever met before. "PEACE"

"When you cease to strive to understand, then you will know without understanding." -- Caine
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:20 PM   #62
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

I'm fairly new to Aikido, but somehow the advice an old fencing master of mine gave me when I was a kid seems applicable to any MA...

Rule #1: Don't get hit.

Rule #2: Don't miss!

Everything else is just details.
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Old 02-16-2006, 02:21 AM   #63
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

"Just show up"

and

"Irimi"
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Old 02-16-2006, 12:53 PM   #64
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I had somehow slightly injured myself in class and was rubbing my leg and he said to me, "budo wa iitai desu" and then he laughed and went to show the next technique. This literally means, "martial arts is pain" ...... so get over it and keep training. You could also take it to mean nothing worth having is ever easy.

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Old 02-16-2006, 03:43 PM   #65
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

'Move or Be Hit -- It's Your Choice!'


A little danger is a knowledge thing...

"Helping the planet make an impact on people, since 1985"
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:20 PM   #66
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"Don't live to practice Aikido, practice Aikido to live!"

Success is having what you want. Happiness is wanting what you have.
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Old 02-17-2006, 07:36 AM   #67
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Keep swimming.

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Old 02-17-2006, 07:54 AM   #68
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Relax! You are constipating your ki.

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Old 02-17-2006, 09:34 AM   #69
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

Best advice received-

1- Whatetever you're doing, if the technique doesn't work. . .keep moving!!

2- Don't muscle your way through, try polishing your technique instead.

3- Be respectful of the sempai/kohai relationship

4- Breathe!!

5- A good kiai will focus your practice

6- Get out of the way, don't get hit!!

7- Be realistic in your atemi

8- Respect your practice partners

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Old 02-17-2006, 12:02 PM   #70
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

"Relax, you'll live longer."
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:21 PM   #71
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My favorite quote, ``god damn it, protect yourselfs, the mats wont do it for you``.
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Old 02-21-2006, 04:26 PM   #72
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My instructor says that one should not turn his face away from nage when recieving a technique and nage shouldn't focus her eyes on her hands when doing a technique.

And also, don't just stop the technique if you feel like you're doing something wrong.
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Old 02-22-2006, 08:10 AM   #73
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'If it doesnt work, hit them.'

True story.

They're all screaming about the rock n roll, but I would say that it's getting old. - REFUSED.
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:46 AM   #74
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A Martial Art Always Pain Don_worry Don_worry

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Old 02-27-2006, 08:50 AM   #75
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Re: Best Advice Your Sensei Ever Gave

I might be paraphrasing a little but it was something along the lines of "Don't bother coming back".

Really.

True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.

Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching, Ch48
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