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Old 02-05-2006, 02:56 PM   #1
mickeygelum
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Why Aikido?

I am curious as to why most have pursued Aikido...If you would kindly share your thoughts I would be very grateful.

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Old 02-05-2006, 03:05 PM   #2
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Re: Why Aikido?

I wanted to be a tough-guy.

Now I don't care about being tough. I care about understanding more and more techniques. When you start to see one or two things that are totally amazing, you want to find the next one.

That's me atleast.
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:05 PM   #3
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Re: Why Aikido?

Quote:
Michael wrote:
Why Aikido?
Simply because ....

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Old 02-05-2006, 04:11 PM   #4
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Re: Why Aikido?

Because it's the Lo-Carb Martial Art!

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Old 02-05-2006, 05:41 PM   #5
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Re: Why Aikido?

I wanted to wear a skirt.
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Old 02-05-2006, 07:56 PM   #6
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Re: Why Aikido?

Here's my very aiki answer... Why not?
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:30 PM   #7
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Re: Why Aikido?

to get the super mind powers of course.......

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Old 02-05-2006, 08:42 PM   #8
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Re: Why Aikido?

For me, aikido was just "basic buddhism"
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Old 02-05-2006, 10:30 PM   #9
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Re: Why Aikido?

I was exposed to some aikido techniques in the Sheriff's Academy, largely nikyo and sankyo. They worked for me and my DT instructor was a nidan in aikido. I couldn't train during my entire career and couldn't get into a dojo quickly enough when I retired.

Michael
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:37 PM   #10
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Re: Why Aikido?

From the awe in my Karate instructors voice when he told us about Aikido ....
I was 11 in ' 71.
Impressionable age.
Lan

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Old 02-06-2006, 12:54 AM   #11
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Re: Why Aikido?

Because my husband suggested it. I didnīt have a clue of what I was getting into, but I was hooked after the first class straight away.
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Old 02-06-2006, 02:11 AM   #12
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Re: Why Aikido?

I wanted to do a martial art, but am not into competion. When my bro told me about the class he'd started I though I'd go down and see what it was like. The fact u get to throw ppl around and play with sticks also helped.

2years later I'm still at it, but my bro has stopped.

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Old 02-06-2006, 02:34 AM   #13
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Re: Why Aikido?

Idid quit karate as competition ambition was not good for the development of my personality. But i wanted to do martial art and after I started, I recognised it is fun, much fun.

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Old 02-06-2006, 03:29 AM   #14
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Lets face it, most people take up martial arts as a means of self-defence or for fitness and excerise if you are and older person. Which is pretty much what I did, however I started with Taekwondo at the age of 12 and enjoy most aspects of it. However I suppose I was inspired by the great 'Seagal' to take up aikido. When I heard it was an art not requiring physical size or strength (I am reasonably skinny) I knew it was the art for me. But since the aikido has brought about not just technique but a whole new approach to life, which I think a lot of other arts lack.
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Old 02-06-2006, 04:05 AM   #15
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Re: Why Aikido?

Embarassingly I got into it because I saw people playing with jo's in 'Coming to America' and asked a kungfu friend where I could do that. However I stayed with it because there is always something to discover, and improving your ability in aikido is a never-ending task. Also, the people were fun and the concepts behind it were so different to anything I had ever thought of before, although now I realise that these principles should exist in all martial arts. I suppose, as well, that the whole thing makes sense; both from a self-defence and philosophical aspect. Regardless of whether I continue to train in aikido, I can never deny that I've been 'touched' by it, and it's changed who I am.

---understanding aikido is understanding the training method---
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Old 02-06-2006, 04:43 AM   #16
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Re: Why Aikido?

I started after reading a book - "Aikido in Daily Life" by Koichi Tohei
I liked it because it is a 'total' practice needing mind, body and spirit.
I continue because I love being a student and a teacher of a true 'Art'

Mark

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Old 02-06-2006, 06:11 AM   #17
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Re: Why Aikido?

You know for the longest time i have been looking for "the way" and i have found it "Aikido".
" A man who can fight, is tough"
"A man who can walk away holds the true power"
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:20 AM   #18
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Re: Why Aikido?

Mainly, I wanted to have something to do to clear my mind, and to learn something. But I'm not a fan of competitions. Aikido was perfect.

Cheers!
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:52 AM   #19
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Re: Why Aikido?

i started to keep fit after my shoulder prevented me from carrying on with kendo.
and i wanted something that would compliment my iai (though it is completely different really)
also, i was inspired by a guy from home home that does aiki.

i enjoy it, though its hard being totally useless at something again
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Old 02-06-2006, 07:19 AM   #20
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My Tai Chi instructor (friend) suggested it.
He knows me and that I have too much Yang energy (high strung), and that karate (which he also teaches) would not help me be a calmer person.
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Old 02-06-2006, 07:36 AM   #21
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Re: Why Aikido?

Heard great things about Aikido from a Kaate instructor I met. Then read some miraculus things about it in sources I now understand had no idea about the art.

And then I found a great teacher and got in love

Now I can't get enough, even after more then 15 yrs


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Old 02-06-2006, 08:07 AM   #22
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Re: Why Aikido?

for complete training... mind, body, spirit... to conquer evil, and protect all things...

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Old 02-06-2006, 08:29 AM   #23
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Re: Why Aikido?

to come as close to perfection as i possibly can.
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Old 02-06-2006, 08:40 AM   #24
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the hard part is not the perfection... but rather removing our imperfections...

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Old 02-06-2006, 09:40 AM   #25
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Re: Why Aikido?

i joined to find something i was looking for. at first i did not know what that was. now i realize what i was looking for i already had. i dont know what exactly Aikido does to you but iknow that it has helped me a lot. i have better interaction with people and have setled my spirit down. i used to be a whiled man. and now i realize violence is not the answer.
I hope you all have great reasons to join, it realy is a wonder full way of life.
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