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Old 07-13-2003, 01:01 AM   #1
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AikiWeb Poll for the week of July 13, 2003:

How helpful is reviewing videos of your training in improving your physical aikido?
  • I don't do aikido
  • I've never had a video of myself taken
  • Crucially helpful
  • Very helpful
  • Helpful
  • Somewhat helpful
  • Not very helpful
  • Not at all helpful
Here are the current results.
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Old 07-13-2003, 06:32 PM   #2
Robyn Johnson
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Location: The South, USA
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 61
I voted "Very Helpful". I have my kyu tests on tape and after the testing I look at it and realize "Sensei was right! I really do lean over, etc.!!!". Sensei telling you what you're doing wrong is one thing but to actually SEE it yourself is even better.

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Old 07-17-2003, 07:26 AM   #3
Dojo: Shoshin Aikido Dojos
Location: Orlando
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 159

Especially when you reach a point when your Sensei starts to accept you for who you are and doesn't correct every little quirk in your posture, center, stance, timing etc.

People get used to each other and accept differences. When you see what you really look like it enforces the good and makes you aware of the so-so.

If you don't use this tool you are missing out on a vital training technique.

Daniel G. Linden
Author of ON MASTERING AIKIDO (c) 2004
Founder Shoshin Aikido Dojos
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Old 07-17-2003, 05:12 PM   #4
Roger C. Marks
Dojo: Tetsushinkan London
Location: London
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 25
United Kingdom
Although I voted that I have never been videoed because, err, I have never been videoed, I have taken and viewed video of grade assessments and also taken/ edited and viewed training material. I found that viewing the material was very interesting and I am sure that my understanding/conception and performance of techniques were all enhanced. I do believe that my involvement in the production was a positive factor and perhaps just viewing a piece of video material may not be as helpful.
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