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Tony Wagstaffe
01-26-2011, 01:31 PM
Just before you read this I am quite capable of yada yada yada too ;)

But I prefer not too as I can't spelle or write or do sweet F.A.

In response to the articles by Stanley Pranin - Martial arts in a state of decline? An end to the collusion?

I know this will probably cause eruptions amongst some aikidoka and I know that criticism like this has surfaced time and time again but I think maybe we should do this just to remind the (many) complacent amonst us. If it does irk a few into rethinking what it is they do in their own practice and the present state of aikido then maybe I've hit the right nerve! I will not make any apologies and would say that this is a keen and clinical observation and dissection of aikido on my part having practised now for 33 years. Previous to aikido I have had some experience in amateur boxing, judo, karate and gungfu as well as experiencing some nasty situations (in my time) outside of the dojo! My honest opinion is that most aikidoka today really have no idea as to their true combat ability and are either totally deluded or most probably not that concerned, hence the view today of many who criticise aikido's combat self defence effectiveness….. Even to the point that those who supposedly practice the art, in all its myriad forms, arguing who, what, where, is better or not. This is plainly seen on many internet forum.

Critics from the majority of sports orientated combat arts of whatever persuasion and also those of a street orientated nature view so called traditional (kata only styles) martial arts, traditional aikido styles (or should we say purist's styles?) sadly ineffective against someone who is hell bent on giving a purist martial arts practitioner a thorough pasting!

As a Tomiki/Shodokan aikido player, (and I can hear the purists saying ‘not another Shodothug'!) I can well understand the reasoning behind those arguments and would have to confess that I would have to agree to a great extent, having seen the seductive and well performed, choreographed demonstrations performed from limp and awkward looking telegraphed striking attacks and silly grabs as it seems is often the norm in ‘purist's' training and demo's! I cannot honestly help but feel and know that this is ‘oh so very true!' It's even happened in some Tomiki Aikido groups where so called traditionalists/purists of even high grade now only practice kata and sloppily at that! In all honesty it looks more like aikido performed by geriatric string puppets who have never really practised any good randori or practised randori/shiai, (kumite) at all!

Aikido performed in this way does not do the art any real justice, especially when you get such criticism from those of the more combat orientated martial arts. Many from karate, judo, kendo, etc., were attracted to aikido and its Founder Morihei Ueshiba. There are enough anecdotes to imply that Mr Ueshiba could really do the business as his teacher Sokaku Takeda could and apparently proved beyond all doubt!

Is it true to say that after the 2nd world war, as Professor Ueshiba grew older, infused with his spiritual influence, he really wanted aikido to become a highly refined harmonious practice? Are successive postwar teachers watering down or even eliminating the martial practice of aikido altogether? Are the majority of aikido teachers today just too biased towards health, harmony, philosophy, etc., the self defence effectiveness of aikido just being ‘switched off' or are they just deluding themselves and their students? If this is the case, how does one expect combat effectiveness in what has basically become a completely co-operational dance like ‘martial art'? Is aikido meant to be something ultra soft now, which in their eyes is aikido, which resembles aikido but somehow without the martial? In other words has it really become a health system based on a martial art? The martial effectiveness of aikido not being the goal but rather just the spiritual, feel good type practice becoming or establishing itself as the preferred or ‘ultimate' method?

The almost dance like movement and ukemi akin to gymnastics or acrobatics that is seen practised today is fine from an harmonious health and fitness point of view, but it is virtually useless in an actual combat scenario, when an opponent or opponents will absolutely not co-operate and take beautifully controlled falls for you! It's fairly obvious that ukemi practice is neccessary to avoid or escape injury from truly applied techniques but should ukemi be performed just to be pretty or to make nage look good? All these things are referred to by others and often read in articles such as those mentioned in the heading.

In all honesty, wouldn't one be better off training in dance, gymnastics or ice skating or a mixture of all three as many do? These activities are exceptionally good for health, fitness and harmony. Its also quite ironic that good dancers seem to make good traditional/purist/cinema choreography ‘martial artists' too!

I personally feel to some degree that Professor Kenji Tomiki (8th Dan Judo, 9th Dan Aikido) foresaw what would probably happen to aikido and addressed this with his rational idea of introducing one on one randori and sporting shiai (contest) coupled with kata training in equal measure to understand the mechanics/principles of technique. This system is gaining many more adherents around the world and is still in developement and fine tuning so we could still see things changing depending on the will of top ranking teachers and innovative individuals within the Shodokan. Yes, we know that sport shiai doesn't look pretty and its not ‘real' in the true sense, but it is the closest that one can get in aikido given safety parameters. All or most Shodokan players are amateur in the sense that entering competition shiai is not done for a purse, much the same as in judo.

It seems evident to me that the progress of aikido under some banners as a martial art, will most likely develop (or decline depending on which way you look at it) into a health system similar to exercise Tai chi with rolls and falls, which to some extent it already has! This is fine if you are more interested in an all round exercise only practice but should it really be relied upon for self defence or combat effectiveness?

Its also interesting to note that the watering down of martial effectiveness has also occurred in some other martial arts so its not just aikido that is suffering from this kind of criticism. I also feel there is another reason why this has happened. Not everybody wants to become a lean mean fighting machine but would prefer to do a martial art or physical discipline because they are just attracted to the beautiful kata side of traditional martial arts and the mental and health benefits that can be derived from it. People who prefer and want this kind of practice only should be made fully aware of this! Unfortunately the problem arises when unaware people are misguided into thinking that kata only practice is sufficient for self defence. The more rational amongst us know that this is not true! It's really down to the teacher of any dojo being honest about what they are teaching, rather than letting a deluded student find out for themselves when it's too late!

It's obvious that many so called professional martial art instructors today either know this and prefer not to inform their students, or are just totally deluded themselves, leaning too much towards the philosophy and hiding behind it!. They have never been really tested so do not know their true ability…… or are really just con artists! Truth is most traditional martial arts teachers today have never been in a real altercation in their lives. Not that its advocated in today's so called liberal modern societies! It's more likely that these instructors know that they can get away with it and are more concerned about how many students they can sign up and in so doing increase their incomes and grossly inflated status. If instructors only teach what can only really be classed as co-operative martial art dance, or mock combat, then there will always be those, who don't know the difference, who are unfortunately going to be duped and deluded. This is a total con and an uneccessary delay to a completely unaware novice student who is looking for self defence/combat instruction.

Thankfully, there are honest teachers amongst traditionalists who do inform their prospective applicants that this is indeed the case and will direct those people who are looking for just self defence instruction to a more combat orientated martial arts school.

We all know in aikido (as in other martial arts too) kata practice is important to understand the mechanics and principles of technique. From a self defence/combat point of view, training really should be practised right from the start, initially from light atemi, (and not just from the usual traditional attacks) light resistive grabbing and gripping. Then as players become more accomplished, gradually employing full strength grabbing/grappling and fast strong atemi. When one becomes more skilled, the kata techniques learned in principle are properly understood, transformed into applied techniques which have developed into alive full grappling or randori and sport shiai against an uncooperative partner or partners, rationally testing one's technique for effectiveness, these methods employed within the comparative safety of the dojo.

I personally believe that one cannot possibly know if one is truly effective if these methods are not employed to some extent. It's not necessary to enter tournaments or get beat up, but it can be practised in the dojo within reason! What other alternative is there? It's becoming apparent that more and more disillusioned ‘traditional' aikidoka have discontinued training, or are now supplementing their aikido practice with judo, b.j.j., m.a.a., boxing, karate, kick boxing or even switching to or studying Shodokan aikido (Sorry had to get that one in).

One gets to hear about incidents inside and outside the dojo or in the street where challenges have been taken by so called skilled martial art traditionalist/purists/aikidoka who have found out to their disgust that their kata only practice is completely useless in a real broil! Then it's too late! The damage is done. Aikido/traditional martial arts get bad press! It's hardly surprising really.

Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal recently wrote the articles about traditional martial art schools being down on membership and the apparent lack of interest in oriental traditional martial arts. Could this be one of the main reasons? A lot of young people I come across and talk to today openly say that if they were to do a martial art they would probably look for a mixed martial arts club or something of that nature having seen the difference in martial arts on youtube. They see and sense its more ‘real' so its probably better to do for self defence! A growing attitude and response amongst many young people today is ‘But what for? we'd rather go clubbing and ‘ave a bundle with the doormen after we come out or with any body that happens to get in the way'! As I remember more than one young lad saying filled with ‘Dutch Courage' as is often the case at night : ‘Why do something like aikido! It's a bit naff (English slang for stuffy, boring, useless, out of date)' A typical reflection on modern society today?

Stan Pranin also referred to the multitude of diversions that young people have today are vast, so why spend time trying to learn something that's going to take half or all your life to learn anyway? (Another myth of the 20 year techniques and all that bull?)

Generally speaking, in the fast pace of modern life, young people interested in martial arts who want to learn self defence, want it yesterday! Modern hybrid martial arts do offer that alternative because it is much less complicated with less bla bla! hands on, almost straight away effectiveness! So who can really blame them? Judo and tae kwon do are still very popular as they tend to receive more coverage in Olympic and World events.

I feel that its really all down to the ‘hippy hoppy, you don't harmonise with me quasi religous types' and their warped idealism that has really damaged aikido's credibility. If aikido does not evolve ‘back to the future' and redefine its act, it's probable that mainstream, or should I say, present day ‘purist' aikido will just decline or change into a pure exercise system based on a martial art originally known as aikido!

One of my sayings to my more advanced students is bullshit baffles the untrained novice! (sorry if for some of you that is too strong a word) Sooner or later the rational, more wordly, young people of today will realise they might be wasting their time doing something like aikido or ‘traditional martial arts.'

Its all very well for the love and harmony types to say that we do not fight, aikido is the art of love and peace and the peaceful resolution of conflict and so forth. But can they honestly back that up to any extent when really confronted by some asshole who will not listen to reason and wants to take your head off?

This, in my mind, is precisely what undermines the credibility of aikido as a self defence art. If one is an instructor of a dojo and not confident enough to take a challenge inside or outside the dojo, whether formally or without warning, then you shouldn't really be teaching a self defence art! If you are too old or maybe no longer physically able to meet such challenges, then maybe you should have a younger student or instructor that would be capable of taking your place! Just like it once was! Unfortunately, the old bill (English slang for police) can't always be there in time to save you, so if you know in your mind that you are not up to it, run like a bat out of hell (if you still can) or die trying ‘cause if you don't, it's going to happen anyway!!

In conclusion, you will always get the deluded, the con merchants and the dreamers and those that will cater to them. There is not much one can do about it unless they are exposed. Gullible people are many and easily duped! So it's really down to the prospective martial art student to establish what it is they really want.

Best advice, search out genuine, honest teachers of martial arts irrespective of what rank, organisation or affiliation they belong to as this is no real indicator to their true ability. It's really quite a mine field out there, so you truly have to use your gut instinct to find what you are really looking for.

To try and simplify things: if you want only self defence/combat effectiveness and an art that evolves with the changing times then you should join a school that practises in this way! If you are looking for just health, harmony and the cooperative, feel good kata only practice, there are plenty of those around! If you want all aspects then join a school that does exactly that. They do exist, it is just a matter of searching them out!

By a nobody called Tony Wagstaffe 4th Dan Aikido Habatakukai, Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom Occupation: Owns and operates one man taxi cab service and is senior instructor to the Aikido Habatakukai.

Demetrio Cereijo
01-26-2011, 02:15 PM
Hi Tony,

You raise a lot of very interest points and I agree with a lot of them. Of course I don't share your views about some others; I'll try to discuss them later.

One of them is your disdain for philosophy. Have you hear about a guy named Socrates?

Well, he did three "tours of duty". Philosophers are not bunnies.

Tony Wagstaffe
01-26-2011, 03:02 PM
Hi Tony,

You raise a lot of very interest points and I agree with a lot of them. Of course I don't share your views about some others; I'll try to discuss them later.

One of them is your disdain for philosophy. Have you hear about a guy named Socrates?

Well, he did three "tours of duty". Philosophers are not bunnies.

Yes I have, but don't get the time to study such people, most of it has been spent just surviving, keeping my family in the comfort they have become accustomed to. Maybe now I'm getting a wee bit older and maybe able to retire in 9 years time, only if!! I might have time to do it..... But please feel free to enlighten me.... everybody else is.....;) :D

PS Not the brother of Scrotum was he?

Demetrio Cereijo
01-26-2011, 03:12 PM
PS Not the brother of Scrotum was he?

They were only good friends.

mathewjgano
01-26-2011, 03:16 PM
Have you hear about a guy named Socrates?

Well, he did three "tours of duty". Philosophers are not bunnies.

He also pissed a lot of people off in his efforts to show people how ignorant they were. :D

I also agree with a lot of what you said, Tony, but feel I need to read it a few more times to do any response justice...er...after this one, of course! I certainly appreciate a lot of the earlier one-liners better. I respect the attitude that comes with having been in the trenches. In a way I wish more people had it. On the other hand, I deeply respect the ability to form an argument because it shows understanding, something many of my tougher friends often lack, in my opinion. Simply having been in the trenches doesn't mean one understands much of where they were, so I really like it when I see someone who can be described as a warrior AND a philosopher. Both are important.
Take care,
Matt
ps- and don't forget, we meet Socrates when he's fairly old. Maybe Tony's due a trip to the Oracle some day soon? :p

Hellis
01-26-2011, 03:23 PM
PS Not the brother of Scrotum was he?

Thanks for bringing a bit of humour to this serious forum.

I agree with most, if not all of what you say. I doubt your article will increase your fan base on Aikiweb :)

Henry Ellis
http://aikidoarticles.blogspot.com/

DH
01-26-2011, 03:44 PM
Actually Fellas it's been done to death...in detail.
Do you realize how many people in aikido cross train now?
Well...obviously not.
Tony's message and opinions, while pretty good..is like the Aikido Journal article he linked to...it's over ten years old.
I've lost count of how many Aikido people I now meet who train weapons, BJJ, MMA. MT, FMA, Kali etc. not to mention hard style TMA.
Nice post.....ten years after the narrative reached it's peak.
Cheers
Dan .

Dave de Vos
01-26-2011, 03:56 PM
I certainly appreciate a lot of the earlier one-liners better.

I appreciate this post better than the one liners. Just a matter of taste I guess.

I can agree to much of your post. A trained aikido (not a beginner like me) should be more able to defend him/herself than an untrained person. After all, aikido is indeed a martial art.

But aikido is not only self defense. There are self defense classes that would probably be more effective in the short run, or one could buy pepper spray. Many people actually take self defense lessons or buy pepper spray. Not me, I chose aikiodo because it is more than self defense.

So self defense is a part of aikido and different teachers and different students assign a different importance to this part. For me it may be just 35%, because situations where I needed self defense skills have been exceedingly rare. But for others it may be 75%. You are probably on the higher end of this scale.

Howard Popkin
01-26-2011, 03:59 PM
Hey Tony,

Bottom line here, when we were both in another forum and there was a similar issue, did I or did I not invite the person who posted the blog to my dojo ?

I posted my address, phone number and e-mail and told him to come down or I would have gone to his dojo.

He refused.

I believe I put my money where my mouth is.

Thanks,

Howard

Tony Wagstaffe
01-26-2011, 03:59 PM
Actually Fellas it's been done to death...in detail.
Do you realize how many people in aikido cross train now?
Well...obviously not.
Tony's message and opinions, while pretty good..is like the Aikido Journal article he linked to...it's over ten years old.
I've lost count of how many Aikido people I now meet who train weapons, BJJ, MMA. MT, FMA, Kali etc. not to mention hard style TMA.
Nice post.....ten years after the narrative reached it's peak.
Cheers
Dan .

Jesus!! That long, are you sure Dan? Where is me sodding cave.....:hypno:

Tony Wagstaffe
01-26-2011, 04:05 PM
Hey Tony,

Bottom line here, when we were both in another forum and there was a similar issue, did I or did I not invite the person who posted the blog to my dojo ?

I posted my address, phone number and e-mail and told him to come down or I would have gone to his dojo.

He refused.

I believe I put my money where my mouth is.

Thanks,

Howard

Sorry Mary, whoops I mean Howard. I don't have a dojo.....:hypno:
I haven't had one for three years now.....

Doesn't mean I don't train though......:hypno:

Hellis
01-26-2011, 04:06 PM
Jesus!! That long, are you sure Dan? Where is me sodding cave.....:hypno:

How dare you move away from the IS threads.

Henry Ellis
http://aikidoarticles.blogspot.com/

DH
01-26-2011, 04:10 PM
Jesus!! That long, are you sure Dan? Where is me sodding cave.....:hypno:
Something like that...he has done so many excellent and timely articles about the state of Aikido from the early nineties to a few years back I lost track of them all.
Comes with age I guess.
My main point was that your post while fine (and good for you), strikes me as a bit out of touch-no harm nor foul- just dated in light of all the discussion that has gone on over several forums over the years.
Hit search here and you will get buried with these types of discussions and ......you will meet plenty of people who have resolved or were resolving the effectiveness dilemma.
It was a bit comical to be having that type of debate with the likes of Budd or Kevin or me or Howard. You're preaching to the choir. yet here we are talking to you about IP/aiki.
I can only tell you that for some people they opened up the popcorn, sat back and smiled.
Cheers
Dan

Howard Popkin
01-26-2011, 05:22 PM
Tony,

Next time you throw back a few pints, step away from the keyboard.

Drinking and typing can be dangerous.

Kampaiii

mathewjgano
01-26-2011, 05:32 PM
So it's really down to the prospective martial art student to establish what it is they really want.
For me it all comes down to the above. There is no issue of complacent teachers when the student realizes his/her training is always in his/her hands.
There are great teachers, bad teachers, and everything in between. It's up to the student to make their training as good as they want it to be. In a nut-shell, as a student knowing little or nothing, you start somewhere (based on an educated guess we hope) and proceed from there, learning as you go.
I agree Tomiki's system is very well laid out. My brief experience with it left a very good impression, both in terms of effectiveness and "softness," though somehow that doesn't feel exactly like the right word. Certainly not unpleasant though. I had a blast doing it!
The randori system does keep things pretty honest in terms of effectiveness and makes a clear distinction between form and function, which I think is key to making training "alive."
All in all, shodokan translated well with my previous training, which was very ki-based. I believe most of my practical learning (the more martial bits), what little I could absorb, came about through the ability to play around a bit, to fly solo a while, but coupled with clear teaching about what to do with your body in a given movement.
Then again..."horse to water" and sometimes he drinks...it's up to the student/individual to decided where his or her training starts and stops. It's up to those who want their art to maintain effectiveness to make their art effective by teaching and learning how to do so to the best of their abilities.

mathewjgano
01-26-2011, 05:44 PM
...A trained aikido (not a beginner like me) should be more able to defend him/herself than an untrained person. After all, aikido is indeed a martial art.

But aikido is not only self defense. There are self defense classes that would probably be more effective in the short run, or one could buy pepper spray. Many people actually take self defense lessons or buy pepper spray. Not me, I chose aikiodo because it is more than self defense.

So self defense is a part of aikido and different teachers and different students assign a different importance to this part. For me it may be just 35%, because situations where I needed self defense skills have been exceedingly rare. But for others it may be 75%.

I agree 100%.

Demetrio Cereijo
01-26-2011, 06:01 PM
Maybe Tony's due a trip to the Oracle some day soon? :p

Temet nosce
;)

Tony Wagstaffe
01-26-2011, 06:38 PM
Tony,

Next time you throw back a few pints, step away from the keyboard.

Drinking and typing can be dangerous.

Kampaiii

Hic....:hypno: If only I could afford it.....

Tony Wagstaffe
01-26-2011, 06:46 PM
How dare you move away from the IS threads.

Henry Ellis
http://aikidoarticles.blogspot.com/

Dammit!! Henry you made drop a stitch, now I'll have to start all over again.........:eek: :(

Tony Wagstaffe
01-26-2011, 06:54 PM
He also pissed a lot of people off in his efforts to show people how ignorant they were. :D

I also agree with a lot of what you said, Tony, but feel I need to read it a few more times to do any response justice...er...after this one, of course! I certainly appreciate a lot of the earlier one-liners better. I respect the attitude that comes with having been in the trenches. In a way I wish more people had it. On the other hand, I deeply respect the ability to form an argument because it shows understanding, something many of my tougher friends often lack, in my opinion. Simply having been in the trenches doesn't mean one understands much of where they were, so I really like it when I see someone who can be described as a warrior AND a philosopher. Both are important.
Take care,
Matt
ps- and don't forget, we meet Socrates when he's fairly old. Maybe Tony's due a trip to the Oracle some day soon? :p

Sounds like a nice place, what's the weather like there?

Tony Wagstaffe
01-26-2011, 07:36 PM
Temet nosce
;)

As for igorant halfwits like me what the hell does Temet nosce mean?
I only understand 'ampshire....

mathewjgano
01-26-2011, 07:43 PM
Sounds like a nice place, what's the weather like there?

Mediterranean. Togas optional!

Hellis
01-27-2011, 02:08 AM
Sounds like a nice place, what's the weather like there?

Tony, Tony, the Oracle ? Don't worry about the weather, the Oracle Shopping Mall in Reading is all under cover and just about 40 min drive from you....

I don't think Howard realises that only the wealthy can get hissed in the UK these days at 3 a pint or $5 ...You need to start doing some seminars Tony.:)

Henry Ellis
http://aikidoarticles.blogspot.com/

CitoMaramba
01-27-2011, 02:51 AM
Stanley Pranin wrote "An End to the Collusion" (http://www.aikidojournal.com/article?articleID=567&highlight=end+to+collusion) in 1992.
"Martial Arts in a State of Decline" (http://www.aikidojournal.com/article?articleID=691&highlight=martial+arts+decline) was written in 2006.

Tony Wagstaffe
01-27-2011, 03:30 AM
Tony, Tony, the Oracle ? Don't worry about the weather, the Oracle Shopping Mall in Reading is all under cover and just about 40 min drive from you....

I don't think Howard realises that only the wealthy can get hissed in the UK these days at 3 a pint or $5 ...You need to start doing some seminars Tony.:)

Henry Ellis
http://aikidoarticles.blogspot.com/

Now let me see .... 135 Euros per day per student for 6 hours of how to be strong in martial arts.
Works out at ...... wait for it....... cogs a wirring.... yep, about 14 an hour, that's not bad money Henry!!..... How many students would we need to make it worthwile?
Fancy opening a ki shop?......;)
I'll share the proceeds out with you

Tony Wagstaffe
01-27-2011, 03:32 AM
Stanley Pranin wrote "An End to the Collusion" (http://www.aikidojournal.com/article?articleID=567&highlight=end+to+collusion) in 1992.
"Martial Arts in a State of Decline" (http://www.aikidojournal.com/article?articleID=691&highlight=martial+arts+decline) was written in 2006.

is that just over 4 years.....?

Gone up a lot in that time......;)

Tony Wagstaffe
01-27-2011, 03:47 AM
Mediterranean. Togas optional!

Been there done that, Malta can be quite nice when you walk down the gut...... Genoa, not a bad place, prefer Trieste 'cause me mum comes from there, Venice a tourist trap, but worth a see, don't use the gondalas, they are a rip off!!!

Gib (Gibraltar) is full of rock apes and pissed up matelots......
costa dell sol costa a lot......

Yep Henry ,;) looks like Reading......

Hellis
01-27-2011, 03:55 AM
is that just over 4 years.....?

Gone up a lot in that time......;)

Doesn't time fly when you are meditating :)

Henry Ellis
http://aikidoarticles.blogspot.com/

Tony Wagstaffe
01-27-2011, 04:41 AM
Doesn't time fly when you are meditating :)

Henry Ellis
http://aikidoarticles.blogspot.com/

aaaauuuuummmmmm sigh!!!!

Demetrio Cereijo
01-27-2011, 07:17 AM
As for igorant halfwits like me what the hell does Temet nosce mean?

It means "fish'n'chips" in Greek.

DH
01-27-2011, 07:54 AM
Now let me see .... 135 Euros per day per student for 6 hours of how to be strong in martial arts.
Works out at ...... wait for it....... cogs a wirring.... yep, about 14 an hour, that's not bad money Henry!!...
Duduct bank transfer fees from euros to Dollars
Deduct flights
Deduct food
Deduct hotel
Deduct hall rental fees
Deduct hours and hours at the computer processing applications and emailing
Deduct whole days of travel time
Then deduct pain in the ass time of traveling anymore fees.
You will quickly change your mind about just how wonderful this all is.

How many students would we need to make it worthwile?
Fancy opening a ki shop?......;)
The real question is why would people come .....to see you?
Why do people come to these events Tony
Word- Of - Mouth and repeat attendees. If you really have anything worth learning, martial artists know and hear about it from other martial artists. People consider this different and vital. Men who have it are sought after.
Do you think you could fill a room?....wait.....More than once?.

You on the other hand present an illogical argument

On the one hand you say this stuff is rubbish...thus defaming a range of Martial Art teachers who have judged it as valuable...even vital..

Then on the other hand, you say you have it and anyone can get it from practice
THAT argument once again defames all of the many martial artists who consider it different and vital to their practice as you once again ...by default told them they were wankers (you just argued THEY didn't get it in their practice)

So you've pretty much just told everyone here and in the other thread (people that cross train MT, MMA, BJJ, FMA and Koryu) that they're idiots, and would not know real martial arts if they fell on them.
Since you are so concerned for me and others that you have to interject, Tony. How would you go about presenting THAT argument in a seminar?
Cheers
Dan

Nicholas Eschenbruch
01-27-2011, 08:14 AM
And the irony is, Tony, if you are half the man you set yourself up to be here on the web, you would love the way Dan fights. Maybe not the man, maybe not the method, maybe not the people who attend, but you would love the way he fights.

And that's why it is actually quite sad you dont want to try.

Unless, of course, all the stuff you keep saying about yourself is just more noise in cyberspace. But that would even be sadder.

lbb
01-27-2011, 08:47 AM
"There's nothing here but men, men men men..."

The completion is left as an exercise for the student.

DH
01-27-2011, 09:07 AM
"There's nothing here but men, men men men..."
The completion is left as an exercise for the student.
Not really Mary
If you meant "Men men men men men" as in the song....
This stuff is more cut and dry to me, and I suspect Tony as well. Not so much a chest beating contest as just a debate over real practical application. SInce Tony sees it as some woo woo thing when It is just a better way to do Martial arts to me.
All the best
Dan .
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Demetrio Cereijo
01-27-2011, 09:12 AM
"There's nothing here but men, men men men..."

The completion is left as an exercise for the student.

Kendo?

Diana Frese
01-27-2011, 09:48 AM
Who mentioned Socrates? I've been reading too fast. But sorry, guys we're like totally snowed in here in New England and I'll probably inflict more of my outdated (or not?) memories on whoever is willing to read them for the rest of the day unless I decide to go walking around with the aid of a couple of cross country ski poles.

(Yard not really big enough to ski)

Am I not in a Vulcan mind meld with at least some of you, though?

Socrates, who even entered modern American culture in the excellent teen age movie, Bill and Ted's excellent adventure.....
Popped into my head as I dozed, wondering if I would again enter the fray of Aiki Web controversy.

Tony as Socrates who walked around Athens asking questions and, (shudder) making people think.

and then hubbie dear, whom I've known for thirty years and can safely use the cutesy expression worthy of a true bunny rabbit....goes out the door to catch the bus to work at the bottom of the hill.....says oh wow so that's Tomiki aikido, but why does it remind me of what I know of Yamada Sensei, then he says, but don't get in trouble for quoting me.

But I have to. I just posted on another thread that in the old NYAikikai there were IP and kokyu ryoku and it was and I'm sure still is a very solid dojo.

My husband is fascinated by judo and delighted to know by long distance someone whose Aikido is descended from Tomiki.

Yes, by all means bring up the old threads for the new people and for those like me who were asleep in caves or tied up with other aspects of daily life during the years the articles and posts were on these topics.

Please indulge this curmudgeoness, for one.

lbb
01-27-2011, 10:25 AM
Not really Mary

When the word "men" keeps being used, I don't see how a non-man person can be expected to see it as anything else.

thisisnotreal
01-27-2011, 10:46 AM
When the word "men" keeps being used, I don't see how a non-man person can be expected to see it as anything else.

Women are men. Just with an extra dash of the Wo-Wo-
<runs for the hills>
;)
J

Basia Halliop
01-27-2011, 10:47 AM
If I read 'men' I interpret it as meaning men... figure if the writer meant something else they would have written something else... so I tend to skip whatever's said as clearly it's specifically not speaking to me... woudn't want to butt in on a private conversation and all...

Cady Goldfield
01-27-2011, 12:59 PM
Mary and Basia,
Some women might feel left out of posts that refer to "men," but IMO that is being nit-picky and can keep a person from seeing the larger message.

"Men," in the keyboarding hands of older-generation writers, still is used to mean "people" and "humanity." I wouldn't take it at face value as meaning male-type people, just as I don't take online personas to be the true faces of the real-life people behind them.

I wouldn't sweat the small stuff about gender-PC language here. It's just a coupla guys talkin' to each other in Guy Jive. I'll be happy to translate the above exchanges into gender-neutral dialect if you like. Remember the scene with Barbara Billingsly in "Airplane!"?

;)

akiy
01-27-2011, 01:14 PM
Thread closed due to too many disrespectful posts.

-- Jun