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Old 01-22-2006, 07:08 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2004
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What to pass on?

Hi everyone,

This question has probably been asked before but if there was only one thing that you could pass on to students of Aikido (whether it be a technique or advice) what would it be?

The reason for asking this questions is that I would really like to see what people see as being the most important aspect of learning and teaching Aikido.

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Old 01-22-2006, 09:13 PM   #2
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Re: What to pass on?

Sort of a confusing question. I think the most important thing to pass on is.... everything. I can think of no reason to do otherwise. In teaching, what you teach next is whatever works best in the progression. Prioritizing the importance of each thought or idea as though you will only get the chance to give one more lesson is fatalistic. The study of Aikido is a lifetime pursuit, so it follows that the teaching of Aikido is that as well. JMHO.
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Old 01-22-2006, 09:16 PM   #3
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
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Re: What to pass on?

The practice of sincere training is a most valuable thing to pass on; to be able to help anyone begin to practice is a noble thing. In gassho
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Old 01-23-2006, 01:28 AM   #4
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Dojo: Seibukan Aikido UK
Location: body in UK, heart still in Japan
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Re: What to pass on?

Funny that, before I read Clark or Mark, my first thought was "the desire to practice".



A difficult problem is easily solved by asking yourself the question, "Just how would the Lone Ranger handle this?"
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Old 01-23-2006, 05:39 AM   #5
Mark Freeman
Dojo: Dartington
Location: Devon
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Re: What to pass on?

I have to agree with all the above, my advice "Get on the mat, practice"



Success is having what you want. Happiness is wanting what you have.
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Old 01-23-2006, 06:26 AM   #6
Join Date: Jul 2004
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Re: What to pass on?

I think the most important advice was something I read in the book "The Spirit of Aikido" by the second Doshu, Ueshiba Kisshomaru. It was about the "Joy of Practice". He said:

" It is a matter of pride that the vast majority practice Aikido with great seriousness and dedication. But when it comes to the question of how many truly enjoy a pleasant and joyful training experience, I cannot say that the number is that great. Many practice Aikido using excessive force, others with grim resolution, and still others lack confidence and practice very tentatively.

It is a delight to see practitioners who really enjoy their workout. Many have been practicing for five, ten or more years, following their own pace and making Aikido a part of their daily routine. They appear at the dojo, perform without much ado, throwing and being thrown, quietly following instructions and leave when the class is over. They seem uninterested in promotion and have the manner of people who are enjoying themselves. They make the best Aikido students."

Truer words were never spoken
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Old 01-23-2006, 06:31 AM   #7
Nick Simpson
Dojo: White Rose Aikido - Durham University
Location: Gateshead
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 916
United Kingdom
Re: What to pass on?

Excellent stuff from everyone above. Especially the Doshu qoute. To lead on from that I would add: Spirit.

They're all screaming about the rock n roll, but I would say that it's getting old. - REFUSED.
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Old 01-23-2006, 06:33 AM   #8
Dojo: koteikan aikido centre
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Re: What to pass on?

all the secret bits we never get told.


yeah, the spirit, everything else follows if you have the right outlook in the first place
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:36 AM   #9
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Location: Florida Gulf coast
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Re: What to pass on?

There is only one way to find out, train.

Lynn Seiser PhD
Yondan Aikido & FMA/JKD
We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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