Comments for Aikido Of Maine http://aikidoofmaine.com Martial Arts & Fitness Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:25:05 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Comment on Connection in Aikido by Quentin Cooke http://aikidoofmaine.com/connection-in-aikido/#comment-758 Wed, 17 May 2017 12:53:59 +0000 http://aikidoofmaine.com/?p=5828#comment-758 I agree, a very useful article! Different views of the same mountain.

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Comment on Connection in Aikido by Saku Ohtonen http://aikidoofmaine.com/connection-in-aikido/#comment-755 Wed, 10 May 2017 05:16:33 +0000 http://aikidoofmaine.com/?p=5828#comment-755 Excellent article, thank you!

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Comment on Connection in Aikido by Fiona Kelty http://aikidoofmaine.com/connection-in-aikido/#comment-754 Tue, 09 May 2017 18:44:51 +0000 http://aikidoofmaine.com/?p=5828#comment-754 Excellent article. Thank you Ania!

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Comment on Aikido As A Martial Art Without Competition: by ania small http://aikidoofmaine.com/aikido-a-martia-art-with-no-competition/#comment-743 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:17:04 +0000 http://aikidoofmaine.com/?p=5286#comment-743 Hi Jev, we have been practicing sixth kyu techniques. See you in class.

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Comment on Aikido As A Martial Art Without Competition: by Jev J. http://aikidoofmaine.com/aikido-a-martia-art-with-no-competition/#comment-742 Sun, 09 Apr 2017 21:43:09 +0000 http://aikidoofmaine.com/?p=5286#comment-742 Hi, Ania, thanks for another great post. It is so wonderful learning more and more about your vision, goals, and expectation while mastering such a great Art.
I believe we all are free to interpret the quotes of wisdom which came from O’Sensei or from any other great Masters of different Dos. Most of us are looking to find the answers to our personal inner calls ( unless someone is a blind follower), and to express ourselves, our beliefs and our “inner me” through the moves of Aikido.
I have heard that – The Master will show you the Way. What you do with it is your Choice.
It might be true. While practicing Aikido, someone supports one’s believe in the unity with Universe. Somebody gets excellence in fighting criminals and/or to make movies (Steven Seagal:). Somebody feels like dancing ( Aikido moves look like dancing, do they?). Other ones seek for peace between humans, while another one is searching for inner peace in mind/ heart. Somebody wrote book ‘The Corporate Aikido” The sky is only limit. Phenomenal!

Meanwhile, I would like to share the short version of the article about Japanese. For some kind of a reason, this nation achieved great results in most aspects of life. The author of the article claims that this happens because of they found the ways to control negative emotions, trying not to harm each other. Just like a general statement of Aikido!

So, here are extracts from the article:

….Already today more than 50 thousand Japanese overstepped the centenary line, and in 15 years of the centennial, there will be more than a million of long-livers in Japan. Such achievements in terms of duration and quality of life are not reached in any country in the world….

….The secret of longevity lies in the fact that the Japanese –
the only people on Earth who, when communicating, try not to
spoil the mood of their interlocutors…

The fact is that the secret of the success of an entire country is in that, the Japanese were among the first who learn to control their thoughts. Realizing perfectly well that negative thoughts harm not only the mood of the interlocutor, but also one’s health, and one’s future, they threw out the word “no” from their language.

This was done in a natural way because each one of them, at school,
at home, at work, controls thoughts and does not allow negativity generates in a brain.

Unfortunately, in most countries, people do not understand that thoughts are seeds from which their future will grow, the future of their children, the future of their company, the future of their country…

Nice idea. Long live Aikido.(Great picture though)

Also, can we practice more 6 kyu test techniques during the beginners class?

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Comment on Aikido As A Martial Art Without Competition: by ania small http://aikidoofmaine.com/aikido-a-martia-art-with-no-competition/#comment-714 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:33:54 +0000 http://aikidoofmaine.com/?p=5286#comment-714 Hi Bob, thank you so much for your response! I would love to talk to you more about it. I still feel that there is so much more we can do about coming up with concrete strategies for “unlearning” fighting. All those years knowing yo, I didn’t realize you’re a fellow therapist! Let’s talk either through FB or phone. Also, if you have the link about the relationship between physical and social learning, I’d love to see it. Ania

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Comment on Aikido As A Martial Art Without Competition: by Bob Whelan http://aikidoofmaine.com/aikido-a-martia-art-with-no-competition/#comment-713 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:37:21 +0000 http://aikidoofmaine.com/?p=5286#comment-713 Ania,

Your observation is deep and sophisticated… the best I’ve read in quite awhile. I’d say they are ‘spot on’.

Two insights stand out as fundamental, which you recognize as they are in different fonts.

“The goal of this art is not to win a battle, but to prevent a war.” It could be refined to state, “the goal of this art is not to win a battle, but to prevent a battle.” and then furthermore to: “the goal of this art is not to win a battle, but to free oneself from any need to battle.”

The second key to understanding was in the O Sense quote (which I thank you for because in all these years I had never heard it before) “as soon as you concern yourself with the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter.”

Psychological research now informs us the physical learning has impact on our social learning. Specifically research on developing skill sets in coordinating physical activity has been demonstrated to have positive effects on social coordination… something we might call the social skill of being tactful.

I loved the article. I’m going to think more about it and would love to talk with you about it should you be so inclined. I muse and write about such things as well and have used these principles in therapy.

A deep bow with deep respect,
Bob Whelan

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Comment on TEACHING ON THE MAT Part two by ania small http://aikidoofmaine.com/teaching-on-the-mat-part-two/#comment-709 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:07:51 +0000 http://aikidoofmaine.com/?p=5151#comment-709 It’s really tricky. I think either way it’s helpful to check if the teaching is welcome. I guess that makes it less hierarchical and traditional

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Comment on TEACHING ON THE MAT Part two by ania small http://aikidoofmaine.com/teaching-on-the-mat-part-two/#comment-708 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:05:22 +0000 http://aikidoofmaine.com/?p=5151#comment-708 Thanks Fiona, I totally agree!

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Comment on TEACHING ON THE MAT Part two by ania small http://aikidoofmaine.com/teaching-on-the-mat-part-two/#comment-707 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:03:43 +0000 http://aikidoofmaine.com/?p=5151#comment-707 Hi Micaela, I know, it’s totally different if you yourself ask for help. I started practicing in Poland, and every time i go back (and maybe because people don’t know me), I get taught frequently. I recently went to a 40th anniversary of Aikido there, and a guy “taught me” how to grab his wrist, even before I had a chance to do that. So maybe it’s also cultural? Thanks for writing!

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