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Student VoicesStudents share their personal anecdotes, observations regarding training and the application of what they have learned to daily life.
February, 2013Hello, my name is Hayden Decker and I've been taking Aikido for about five years. I've learned many things and I have made many friends. I remember when I first joined and only about five other people were there, and now there are about 15!
I used to watch the Aikido class while waiting for my sister to finish dancing, and one time I decided I would try it. I love this class, and it has definitely helped me in my daily life. For example, if someone runs at me, most people would panic, but I can just take a small step to the side to avoid them. And when I was at the dentist, I was really scared that it would hurt, but I calmed myself and concentrated, and it was better than I expected.
When I originally started Aikido I thought every exercise was hard, and I got out of breath way to easily, now I can easily do the exercises without breaking a sweat. It was so hard for me to do rolls also and I had to put a lot of effort into it, now when sensei asks me to do a roll it's just natural and easy for me. When I first got my yellow belt, I thought I could NEVER get an orange belt, because it was hard work, but I followed Kevin and Brianna's examples and now I'm a blue belt. I never thought it possible to be a blue belt when I was just a little white belt.
I remember needing help a lot of times and sensei would have to help me, and then I disrupted the class, so I try to help the littler ones as I can so the class won't be disrupted. The littler ones look up to me for guidance so I try to be a good role model for them.
May, 2012I have been practicing Aikido with Gilmore Sensei for almost seven years. I am one of the first three students in his children's class. I started to assist his children's class every Friday from last Fall. Since I am learning many things by helping other students, I feel it is an important and beneficial role.
When I traveled to Japan, I had an opportunity to be trained by Shinichi Tohei Sensei once and also another opportunity to attend a regular children's class. It was fun to perform Kata with Japanese students.
I am doing other sports and using my Aikido principles in many occasions especially when I try to concentrate and not to be tense. I would like to continue training to be able to use them in every situation in my life automatically.
March, 2012Hello, my name is Brianna Berkson and I have been taking Aikido for over six years. I have learned a lot and it has even helped me in my daily life.
I tried the children's class shortly after it started. At that time there were only two students. A few months later when I actually started (I had to take Aikido as part of my second grade school curriculum) there were only five kids and it stayed that way for a while. The only thing I did not enjoy was the fact that I was the only girl. More kids joined and eventually even some girls. Since then a lot of kids have joined now there are over twenty of them!
When I began Aikido I was very timid and scared. Something like a forward roll seemed so scary, hard, and even dangerous. Once I began to understand it I found it much easier. The other night when I was practicing for my next test I had to do a lot of forward rolls and thought nothing of it! The next day I remembered though! I was sore and thinking back on the night before and realized that I had done around sixty forward rolls!
I do a lot of dance and once my teacher asked us to try a forward and backward roll. All the girls were scared. Even I was scared because it was not the same as the ones I do in aikido and it was on a hard floor! The principles were the same though so it was pretty easy, and the next day I was the only one without bruises.
Aikido has helped me in quite a few ways and these are only a couple of them. Now I not only take the children's class but also the adult class. I look forward to the day when we get girls in that class too.
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