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Re: Re: OT: The WarriorMonks

by Nkuvu (Priest)
on Jun 08, 2003 at 01:30 UTC ( #264039=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Ahh. I was getting all set to have to explain aikido. I'm glad I don't, I wouldn't have done as well in my explanation.

I also used to train in aikido, but since I moved to Tucson I haven't found a dojo I like. When I lived in Washington, however, I trained (off and on) for about five years. It was fun.

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Re: Re: Re: OT: The WarriorMonks
by Louis_Wu (Chaplain) on Jun 08, 2003 at 04:32 UTC
    Washington state? Which dojo? What town?

    What was good/bad/interesting about that dojo? I've been meaning to get into Aikido since my college roommate told me about his time in it. (There wasn't a good dojo near our uni.) I haven't put the time in to find a good dojo in this area, so maybe I'll avoid all that had work and ask you what you recommend. :)

    Perl programming and scheduling in the corporate world, as explained by dragonchild:
    "Uhh ... that'll take me three weeks, broken down as follows: 1 day for coding, the rest for meetings to explain why I only need 1 day for coding."

      Well I was in Bellingham, about 90 miles north of Seattle. The dojo I attended was a satellite of the Kannagara dojo in Granite Falls. The Kannagara dojo has a website which gives some more information. My dojo also has a website in progress but it basically only provides a schedule at the moment.

      The dojos I attended seemed to focus more on a balance between the spiritual and physical sides of aikido. The dojos here in Tucson seem to focus more on the physical. This is the best explanation I have for not enjoying the dojos here. Add to that the fact that the dojos here are USAF (US Aikido Foundation) and seem more concerned with hierarchies than what I'm used to. On top of all of this, the dojos here are about a third the size of the one I attended. Which is particularly odd -- Tucson has lots of space, and land is relatively cheap. I'd expect it to be reversed as far as size goes.

      I've seriously considered moving back up to Washington to be able to train in a dojo I like. Well, partially that -- the job market in Tucson seems particularly slim for software developement. But that's not going to happen anytime soon.

Re^3: OT: The WarriorMonks
by apotheon (Deacon) on Dec 20, 2004 at 04:23 UTC

    I was getting geared up to say something explanatory about aikido as well, but after seeing the posts already present I know I don't have to do much of that. I guess I'll just add my common "short version" of a practical explanation of aikido: Aikido is the fine art of making your opponent look like an ass until he gives up and goes home.

    Of course, for the student of the art ("aikidoka"), it's much more, as been hinted at throughout this discussion.

    Interestingly enough, I find that there is a notably high incidence of aikidoka in the Monastery. I wonder what causes there might be, what similarities in personality types and personal philosophies, that lead the same people who become Perl Monks to pursue knowledge of aikido in such numbers. It seems to be a more common martial art for Perl Monks to study than the next two most common.

    I've been studying it off and on (alas, more off than on) for more than a decade. I find that my favorite classes have been those with a focus on weapons use (both learning weapons and learning to counter weapons when unarmed). I'm very much attracted to the manner in which aikido shares philosophical characteristics with Taoism (that metaphysical sense of the world my heart calls home), and I like the fact that aikido doesn't emphasize throwing one's weight around. It feels like a very peaceful, comfortable art, and I need more of that in my life anyway.

    Unfortunately, I haven't studied aikido formally for a couple of years. There's a dojo nearby, but I just can't really spare the time and money at this point to attend classes. I've also been pretty lazy in my off-hours lately, which further decreases the likelihood that I'll get down there to sign up for classes.

    In the past, I've studied around a half-dozen martial arts, not counting military hand to hand combat techniques, rifle and pistol marksmanship, or fencing (foil, primarily, and occasional sabre and minimal-contact shinai). Of the arts I've studied, those I haven't mentioned by name are arts I didn't find particularly interesting — I'll refrain from naming them so that I won't invite any "holy wars" over what are the l33test martial arts forms. Stuff I'd like to learn in the future, and haven't worked with (much?) in the past, includes (in alphabetical order):

    • iaido/iaijutsu
    • Jeet Kune Do
    • jujutsu
    • kenjutsu
    • Krav Maga
    • Tai Chi Chuan
    • Wing Chun

    I would also, of course, like to spend more time on aikido, marksmanship, and fencing, as well. I guess I'd better get to it.

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    - apotheon
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