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Aikido goodness - The Dragon's Mortal Morsel
I don't bite... much
kendaer
kendaer
Aikido goodness
There is something powerful and empowering and exhiliarating about going to a beginner level aikido class, and the only people who show up are you, the sensei and about 5 other students who are all brown or black belts.

Not only do you get a very good workout, but you get to work with people who are so much better than you that you cannot help but learn from them as you go along.

When all of them are exceedingly willing to slow down and work step by step through the areas where you are having problems or not quite getting it yet then it's even better.

Best of all is one when of them looks up at you after a throw and goes 'that was almost perfect' :) Ahhh.. I feel good right now :)

Current Mood: ecstatic ecstatic
Current Music: Heather Alexander - Wolfen One

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From: technoshaman Date: August 21st, 2002 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Huzzah. High praise from a ranking belt.

Yeah. Had my own moment of martial happiness tonight. Happiness is when your first group fired in about a year fits under your fist... me an' el quatro-cinco, we still got it.

But, yeah, that speaks highly of your sensei and his people.... that they're all willing to help a (insert Japanese for "newbie" here) work on his, ahh, chops (I know, that's karate-do :)....
kendaer From: kendaer Date: August 21st, 2002 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sensei

Only one small correction. Sensei is a female :) But yes, Lee Crawford Sensei and Betsy Sensei are very good people and very good teachers.
jilara From: jilara Date: August 22nd, 2002 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Grin. So desu, it is good to have you joining the martial world. It's also nice that you're getting a lot of individual attention.

I'm having an interesting time being a rank beginner again (13 years of bok fu do NOT translate well into capoeira--some of the moves are almost counter-intuitive to oriental martial arts--I'm learning to move in almost opposite ways to my ingrained reactions. However, I'm really glad of that background, as I don't think one would survive in this art without a heavy prior background in either dance or martial arts. Fortunately, I have both.)

My best friend Jana has a brown belt in aikido. She's always loved the art.
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