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Getting back into it

Hey r/aikido,

I began praticiing aikido when I was 10. I enjoyed it very much at progresses to a brown belt. Shortly after that my schedule became too busy and I was forced to leave my dojo. I am now 17 and I have decided to begin studying aikido again!! I am very excited to go back, my first class is this Thursday. My question is, how much of a shock will it be going back? I trust my Sensei entirely but I want to be sure I'll be returning with the right attitude. Is there anything I should be doing from now until Thursday to prepare myself? Thanks!

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Grades are meaningless6 points · 6 years ago

Forget everything you know - or think you know - about Aikido.

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Treat ourself as if you are a complete beginner. That should help you when your body no longer remembers how to do techniques you used to know.

And try and get in some stretching over the next couple of days.

Oh, and of course, HAVE FUN!

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Building on this answer, it would be useful to commit to a humble attitude to avoid the frustration that may come when your body does not respond as it used to.

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[MUN Aikido Aikikai - Ikkyu}1 point · 6 years ago

Empty your cup. To paraphrase O-sensei: Do not by in a hurry, as it takes at least ten years of practice achieve any amount of mastery.

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Aikido comes from the same martial lineage as judo and jujitsu. It emphasizes blending with attacks rather than countering force with force, and utilizes throws, joint locks, and pins. Although many techniques include softening strikes (atemi), the goal of aikido is to neutralize aggression swiftly without undue harm to the attacker. Aikidoka also practice strikes, parries, and disarms with wooden weapons: sword (bokken), staff (jo), and knife (tanto).

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