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#168569 - 07/18/05 08:57 PM The Greatness of you sensies. Any Stories??
bushi541 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/05
Posts: 33
Hey guys I personally haven't trained in Aikido, I've been to a couple of seminars but that's about it. Also I've read many books and own dvds on the art. I plan to enter the Shinjinkai School in Chicago, I heard it's really great and the instructors are just awsome.

Any ways the reason for this post is just to have a general discussion about the people who we mostly admire. Which are our sensies. Madmusashi has told me a couple about Moore Sensei of the Shinjinkai and I enjoy reading such stories about thier experiences and how they handle various situations. An example is by Madmusashi, personally this story says alot about a sensie.
"Here's one of my favorite stories about Sensei Moore that was related to me by my former roommate, who was out having a drink with him at an Irish pub. Apparently some big drunken jerk approached her and began to hit on her. Despite the fact that she told him she wasn't interested, the big guy wouldn't leave her alone. In desperation, she said, "I'm here with my boyfriend." She pointed over at Keith.

"What's THAT @$$*^#@&^ gonna do about it?" the guy bellowed.

Keith merely smiled, shrugged, and raised his beer. This unsettled the guy so much that he walked away. "
I think this is one of the best stories I've ever heard. If any of you have anything similar or any thing that tells about your senseis skill or any aikidoists skill please do tell.

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#168570 - 07/20/05 12:17 AM Re: The Greatness of you sensies. Any Stories?? [Re: bushi541]
madmusashi Offline
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Registered: 07/14/05
Posts: 20
Now you've gotten me started!

This is my favorite story about Shihan Fumio Toyoda (1947-2001), the founder of the AAA.

After a particularly intense two hour class, Toyoda Sensei, much to our delight, asked the students if they had any specific questions about certain techniques, etc. He rarely did this, so everyone stayed behind and pummeled him with questions.

Several people asked questions like, "What would you do against a sucker punch?" or "How do you deal with a grappler?" etc. He would call students up and show them the techniques for the specific attacks.

I raised my hand, and he pointed to me. "Yes?"

"What technique would you do if the guy had a gun?" I asked.

Toyoda rubbed his chin thoughtfully and then smiled.

In broken English, he replied, "Run."

We all burst into laughter. That was the moment I knew I was in really good hands.

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#168571 - 07/20/05 03:05 PM Re: The Greatness of you sensies. Any Stories?? [Re: madmusashi]
bushi541 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/05
Posts: 33
Madmusashi once again you've given me a great story. Mannn you must feel lucky to have trained with such great seseis. I would I mean if my sensei is that skilled and can avoid getting into fights because he knows what he can do. It's not like those senseis or instructors who just fight to prove them selves that they can use thier art in real life situations. I mean it truly is great to be taught by people who have control, wisdom, and dynamic power!!! Thanks for the story man I hope this topic will catch up.

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#168572 - 08/02/05 03:38 AM Re: The Greatness of you sensies. Any Stories?? [Re: bushi541]
xuzen_628 Offline
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Registered: 08/02/05
Posts: 102
Loc: Malaysia
My sensei buy us rounds of beer after every grading. Now, try to beat that!
X wf
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Knowing one technique that will surely work is better than knowing hundred that will probably work.

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#168573 - 08/02/05 05:53 PM Re: The Greatness of you sensies. Any Stories?? [Re: bushi541]
aikidox Offline
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Registered: 08/02/05
Posts: 6
Loc: California, USA
What's a sensie anyway??

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#168574 - 08/03/05 03:00 PM Re: The Greatness of you sensies. Any Stories?? [Re: aikidox]
bushi541 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/05
Posts: 33
A Sensei is a teaher and instrucot who guides you in the Japanese Martial arts.

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#168575 - 08/03/05 11:18 PM Re: The Greatness of you sensies. Any Stories?? [Re: bushi541]
csinca Offline
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Registered: 04/16/03
Posts: 672
Loc: Southern California
Quote:

A Sensei is a teaher and instrucot who guides you in the Japanese Martial arts.




Sensei is not specific to martial arts

Chris

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#168576 - 08/03/05 11:49 PM Re: The Greatness of you sensies. Any Stories?? [Re: csinca]
eyrie Offline
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Registered: 12/28/04
Posts: 3106
Loc: QLD, Australia
Just a gentle prompt, but I think this is getting off track. Last I checked, this is the Aikido forum.

So, would someone like to contribute a story about their aikido teacher?


Edited by eyrie (08/03/05 11:50 PM)

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#168577 - 11/25/05 09:27 AM Re: The Greatness of you sensies. Any Stories?? [Re: eyrie]
ChuckM Offline
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Registered: 11/15/05
Posts: 13
Loc: Laporte, IN USA
When I first started Aikido, I was vey unsure of its ways. I had come from a Tae Kwon Do background having reached the rank of 2nd Dan. My sensei's instuctor came into the dojo to see how I was doing after a few lessons. He noticed how ridged I was and asked what I thought of Aikido so far. I was honest and told him I was unsure.

He said OK, I understand. How about a little demonstration?
Sure I replied.
He sat in seiza in the center of the room, 12' from any wall. He offered his hand to me and said to assume my tae kwon do front stance. I did and then was told to hold his finger. He asked if I could roll and fall (As this was what the first lessons worked on) I said yes. He used ki and dropped his hand across his body to the floor. The next thing I know am in the air, roll, and am looking at the opposite wall! That was enough for me and have been a student of Peny Ryu bujitsu since.

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#168578 - 12/04/05 04:39 AM Re: The Greatness of you sensies. Any Stories?? [Re: eyrie]
madmusashi Offline
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Registered: 07/14/05
Posts: 20
Quote:

Just a gentle prompt, but I think this is getting off track. Last I checked, this is the Aikido forum.

So, would someone like to contribute a story about their aikido teacher?




Eyrie, both of the first two stories ARE about aikido teachers: Keith Moore (of Aikido Shinjinkai) and Fumio Toyoda (Aikido Association of America).

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