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The Indonesian Aikikai Foundation is holding a seminar on 18th and 19th of October, this year

To celebrate the foundation's anniversary, they have invited Tsuboi Shihan, Toriumi Shihan, Kubota Shihan and Hironobu Yamada Shihan as guest instructors

 
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Being Humble in Aikido by Maresa Sumardi

Aikido is an 'aiki' based martial art, where strength and technique takes second place to the power of your mind.

Since how much you progress depends on the effort spent in training ( note that i said "effort" instead of time ), a 1st kyu aikidoka's technique will most definitely be better focused and better controlled than a 5th Kyu.

When training in the dojo, newcomers will usually be impressed with the energic side of Aikido ( the higher the ukes fly, the better ), this is normal. This first impression however, will disrupt their growth in terms of "aiki".

After several years training and being a senior for half of it, my first suggestion is to let the newcomers to vent their energy in their technique, give them some safety pointers and encourage them to be as realistic as possible.

After their second or third test, some of them will most probably realize the difference in their technique quality compared to the senior students, and decides to begin the journey for a better aikido.

During this phase, they will began to emulate their seniors and senseis. This is where the seniors will began their role as living examples of proper budo, which means that the sempais must learn to change their attitude from teaching to training together.

As I remember all the past years, I began to think about the people I like to train the most. I found that I chose them not because they are technically superior or stronger, but because of they are the most gracious. They were the ones who demonstrated great generosity and patience in the way they trained and instructed others. This is how I wish to be.

Some of the fellow seniors i've trained with seem to think they are better than their juniors, and therefore has the right to insult their technique or cancel them AND THEN insult them.

There is nothing great about cancelling the techniques of people who are weaker than you. Because in real life, the nage will just switch to using other attacks accordingly.

Some tips;

  • Always maintain a beginner spirit. ( You are nothing compared to O'sensei)
  • Aikido training only stops when you sleeps
  • Find out the 7 principles of Budo
  • Nobody likes a smart-ass

Kerendahan hati dalam Aikido

Aikido adalah beladiri yang didasari oleh 'aiki'. Dimana tenaga dan teknik menjadi nomor dua dan kekuatan pikiran menjadi yang terpenting

Karena perkembangan seseorang tergantung dari seberapa banyak usaha yang dikeluarkan di dojo ( 'usaha' bukan 'waktu' ), seorang kyu 1 pasti memiliki teknik yang lebih terfokus dan terkendali daripada seorang kyu 5

Ketika berlatih, pendatang baru biasanya akan tertarik pada sisi enerjik dari aikido ( semakin tinggi terbang uke, semakin baik ), hal ini tidak aneh. Tetapi hal ini akan mengganggu pengembangan aiki mereka

Setelah beberapa tehun berlatih dan menjadi senior, usul saya adalah untuk membiarkan mereka menghabiskan enerji mereka dengan teknik2 yang dinamis, sambil mengajarkan cara mengamankan diri dan mendorong mereka untuk berlatih serealistik mungkin.

Setelah ujian pertama dan kedua mereka, sebagian akan menyadari perbedaan kualitas dan fokus teknik mereka jika dibandingkan dengan para senior sehingga mereka akan mulai mengejar Aikido yang lebih 'baik'

Pada tahap inilah

During this phase, they will began to emulate their seniors and senseis. This is where the seniors will began their role as living examples of proper budo, which means that the sempais must learn to change their attitude from teaching to training together.

Some of the seniors i've trained with throughout my training seem to think they are better than their juniors, and therefore has the right to insult their technique or cancel them.

One thing I would like to remind them is this;

There is nothing great about cancelling the techniques of people who are weaker than you. Because in real life, the nage will just switch to using other attacks accordingly.

Some tips;

  • Always maintain a beginner spirit. ( You are nothing compared to O'sensei)
  • Aikido training only stops when you sleep
  • Find out the 7 principles of Budo
  • Nobody likes a smart-ass

 

 


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