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Feb
18
comment Relaxation Techniques
@Aristos Go read this: martialarts.stackexchange.com/a/485/65
Feb
18
comment Relaxation Techniques
@Aristos You making the same mistake every newbie makes. Meditation happens continuously. It's not something you turn on for a few minutes and then "go back to normal".
Feb
18
comment Relaxation Techniques
@Aristos Ok, I see where you're coming from. You're assuming there's some trick, some button you can press on your controller to activate your Super Samurai Ninja Jedi Relaxation Technique. There isn't one. There is a secret here, but it is hidden in plain sight. It's the kind of secret that people tell you exactly what it is, try very hard to make as plainly as they can, but you still would not get because it is not something you are looking for and not something you want to accept.
Feb
18
comment Harnessing emotion during sparring
@Rophuine "ego" is very tricky. If you feel the need to justify yourself, as you did here, that's ego. But I get what you mean though: you don't necessarily want to prove your self worth by beating down someone; the thrill of a challenging opponent is enough.
Feb
18
comment Relaxation Techniques
@Aristos there isn't a shortcut. There's no fast and easy way to relax. In looking for a "fast and easy way" you're already lost in the woods. Having said that, there are numerous ways that help you get there. Their effectiveness depend on what kind of person you are.
Feb
16
comment Balancing control and intensity in sparring
The basic frame in here is, "how do I become more competitive". That's a need to win. See martialarts.stackexchange.com/a/509/65 and martialarts.stackexchange.com/a/485/65
Feb
16
comment What benefits (if any) are there when listening to music while practicing? And does it depend on the style?
I play music during my solo practice of my traditional art. But that's only when I practice indoors. And obviously, no one else sees it.
Feb
16
comment Harnessing emotion during sparring
"You don't need to win in sparring" -- that should eventually become a FAQ answer here. This is the third question I've seen related to getting agitated during sparring.
Feb
14
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
@Mikalichov hmmm, I'll give it a good night's rest and seriously consider it. Thanks for the feedback.
Feb
14
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
@Mikalichov I try to answer in a way where there is both an obvious and a not-so-obvious answer. In this case, I didn't. This came after years of chasing down the wrong thing. Looking for a specific code of honor. Looking for a specific set of rules. Turned out, my teachers and the older students had already figured it out ... and it is a lot simpler than precise calculations the same way your body starts naturally flowing faster than your ability to calculate. Do you trust your sempai to pull you from the brink? Would you give yourself to look out for your kohai?
Feb
13
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
@Mikalichov I think you still miss the point. But that's how life goes.
Feb
13
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
@Mikalichov heheheheh, being responsible for and taking care of someone changes you as a person. And this change takes you right to the essence of martial arts.
Feb
13
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
@Mikalichov The bond between semapi and kohai has more to do with being brothers and less about rank. Rank is just the outer form. Because rank is obvious, people mistakenly attribute that to all there is to sempai and kohai. If you don't understand what it means to be brothers, then what I said would not make sense, would not be useful, and would not be intelligible to you. Thanks for your impressively obvious observations :-)
Feb
13
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
Bah. "Boys like to know who is in charge and what are the rules." So of course sempai/kohai is viewed this way. And when you do, you miss the whole point.
Feb
10
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
@stslavik Well, I appreciate you pointing this out. Perhaps you'd like to create your own answer that does not include abnormal social behaviors?
Feb
10
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
@stslavik I still can't tell whether you are trolling me or not, but it is good either way :-) The people who get offended like that usually have a tell. Their movements become rigid and stiff. I'm sure you'd recognize that from your early days in ninpo budo taijutsu. We've all been there as newbies. Good manners isn't so much about attention to detail as it is about respect and care that flows naturally out of love and acceptance. Getting caught in the details is a hilarious trap. Hope I didn't ruin your dinner just talking about this :-D
Feb
10
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
@RSid cool. Let us know how it goes, maybe we can improve the ideas here.
Feb
10
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
@stslavik Hmmmm, not sure I'd want to do business with someone that takes offense so easily. ... (Actually... it'd be hilarious to meet someone who is offended by switching left and right. That's an interesting pathology I'd like to observe closely ... )
Feb
10
comment Are there musical instruments which, when practiced, noticeably increase martial arts skills and performance?
I'll add that the specific choices does matter in one regard: enjoy what you do, even when it is tough. If you carry resentment into it , you won't receive as much as it can offer.
Feb
10
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
David H. Clements and Trevoke has some good stuff in their answers. Check them out.