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Got my black belt today :)

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Well its been almost 5 years with this martial art - in a hugely fun and talented club, but to day I successfully graded for my first black belt ever with a good mate also grading successfully!

 

Half way thru my training I had a major outage for 2-3 months due to cancer which lead to a jaw re-build and having a bone and artery removed from my leg to replace the bone taken out.

 

So I am stoked that I made it - fairly long and gruelling grading at Mac Uni Sport Centre - on the slipperiest mats I have ever trained on - it was a bit like ice staking. One technique where I was pulled forwarded saw a 25 foot slide ensue! But it was all great.

 

Contratory to what folk might otherwise understand, black belt is the end of your basic training and the start of learning the deeper meaning and form of your chosen art - its just the begining really. Here's to the next 10 years!

 

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If anyone is interested in learning Aikido - the gentlest martial art - please feel free to have a look at the grading photos of Shodokan Aikido Sydney Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shodokan-Aikido-Sydney/277400435724594

 

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Congratulations!

 

I did karate myself (Yoseikan-Ryu) and literally gave up a couple months before my junior black belt grading. However, I sort of understand what you had to go through the grading (a whole day of showing you know the syllabus and attitude). That said, given what you've gone through, it's probably an even greater experience.

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Nice going, g__day! :)

 

I'm looking askance at "gentlest", though. Personal experience only with judo, and I've seen early Seagal movies (before he got to be a fat joke, he was a serious fighter) - that shit looks brutal.

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We make it gentle as heck - even a slight injury is rare; the skill level is very high. It takes far more skill to be gentle than rough or forceful. Aikido is all about avoiding an attack, breaking their balance then blending with an attacker to use the least energy possible to throw or subdue someone.

 

Seagal just completes the moves and then adds Hollywood brutality rather than allowing a graceful exit. So for instance this might look like the end of a big throw, but whilst done seriously its not a particularly big throw.

 

The person you are throwing knows how to roll well - so its just a big wheel rolling; having a lot of fun.

 

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Wooties! Congrats! Amazing achievement, and it sounds like you really enjoyed the journey and the grading :-)

 

Contratory to what folk might otherwise understand, black belt is the end of your basic training and the start of learning the deeper meaning and form of your chosen art - its just the begining really. Here's to the next 10 years!

 

The deeper meaning and form... I love this :-) Very cool :-)

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This is a far, far larger throw; you are flipping a person 180 degrees from the direction of their attack and they end up doing a major fall. You can support them and greatly soften before they hit the ground.

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Definitely congrats !!!

 

Damn, you've had a tough few years, achieving this must feel like being re-born :)

 

Cheers

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The tough years actually feel like a privilege coming out the other side - you know how tough your reserves are and you end up with a lot of hard won, quiet self confidence. One more picture to try and convey the speed of some of these technique - by no means is this a slow martial arts - its very variable based upon the speed of the attack - some of these were very fast!

 

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:)

 

I very much agree with you, very Nietchke :)

 

I've seen demonstration Aikido, very impressive, pretty certain I'd never have the patience but hey, whatever works :)

 

Cheers

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"...So I am stoked that I made it ..."

 

Nice one g_day. I bet that's been ticked with a big bold tick off your list :)

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Oh it certainly is! Just in time as my 18 year old daughter starts to get interested in boys - so its perfect timing really :)

 

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Nice work mate.

 

As for the gentle part (For everyone else). When I was taught Aikido, I was told that if you had to use more force than lifting a brick, you need to practice your technique. Gentle doesn't necessarily mean towards your opponent. It means gentle in how much pressure you have to exert. It's all about redirection your opponents attack/motion/momentum.

 

I didn't go as far as G_day with Aikido, but it has many principles that I employ when I practice and teach kungfu. Teaching how to make the block not only sting your opponent, but also put them off balance is a handy skill to have.

 

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