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Demetrio Cereijo
10-01-2015, 11:19 AM
Video interview with Patrick Cassidy Sensei

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHG7rDL9NrI&index=5&list=PL4FJXg8RNp-kq_zY17bPrJCKZahSb_pBC

I somewhat agree with him regarding has to evolve from both the soft self defense art (which imo mostly leads to poor jujutsu trained with overtly cooperative partners via repetititive contrived kata ) and the 'art of peace' (I'd say 'art of appeasement' conveys it better) characterizations.

Cliff Judge
10-01-2015, 01:51 PM
Video interview with Patrick Cassidy Sensei

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHG7rDL9NrI&index=5&list=PL4FJXg8RNp-kq_zY17bPrJCKZahSb_pBC

I somewhat agree with him regarding has to evolve from both the soft self defense art (which imo mostly leads to poor jujutsu trained with overtly cooperative partners via repetititive contrived kata ) and the 'art of peace' (I'd say 'art of appeasement' conveys it better) characterizations.

The "art of peace" philosophy is what gets people in the door. Particularly if you've got a Krav place and a BJJ place in the same strip mall, and an FKA instructor down the road.

I could certainly see selling Aikido differently than a "soft self defense art."

Personally I think we should own the -do aspect of Aikido and just be like, look, we're not teaching techniques or superpowers here. You come in here and work hard and leave it on the mat, year after year. Maybe one day you realize you are better for it.

PeterR
10-01-2015, 02:26 PM
The "art of peace" philosophy is what gets people in the door. Particularly if you've got a Krav place and a BJJ place in the same strip mall, and an FKA instructor down the road.

I could certainly see selling Aikido differently than a "soft self defense art."

Personally I think we should own the -do aspect of Aikido and just be like, look, we're not teaching techniques or superpowers here. You come in here and work hard and leave it on the mat, year after year. Maybe one day you realize you are better for it.

It was hard for me to watch the whole thing. Frankly it bored me and there was a strong feeling of disconnect.

The do is important to me but it certainly is realised through the martial nature of the training and not through overt discussion (yeah if I were true to myself I wouldn't post here). I still felt that the soft nature of what he was demonstrating was being glossed over.

rugwithlegs
10-02-2015, 03:38 PM
I watched and I am still not completely clear on the concrete hypothesis or action plan. I do respect that he feels a conversation is worth having.

My own thoughts lately drift more towards One Aikido. Rather than evolving (and developing in a subtractive fashion) I think there is a very broad and very powerful art that is in pieces. I feel we don't need to evolve and look forward so much as look back and renew ties to our brother and sister arts (speaking as an Aikikai student).

nikyu62
10-02-2015, 04:29 PM
I liked what he had to say, but he blinks a lot.

Rupert Atkinson
10-02-2015, 06:49 PM
I liked it. It is not easy to out yourself out there - we are all a little mad. It is quite normal. I liked it.

sakumeikan
10-04-2015, 07:09 AM
Dear All, Everyone can if they choose speculate what Aikido will be like in the future,If the Aikido on display in the video is how Cassidy Sensei feels Aikido will be like ten years or whatever time ahead quit efrankly I would suggest anybody taking up Aikido should consider taking up dominoes.Sorry the Aikido content in the video simply cured my insomnia .Beats counting sheep jumping over a hedge for sleep induction.Cheers, Joe

Hellis
10-04-2015, 09:48 AM
Dear All, Everyone can if they choose speculate what Aikido will be like in the future,If the Aikido on display in the video is how Cassidy Sensei feels Aikido will be like ten years or whatever time ahead quit efrankly I would suggest anybody taking up Aikido should consider taking up dominoes.Sorry the Aikido content in the video simply cured my insomnia .Beats counting sheep jumping over a hedge for sleep induction.Cheers, Joe

Hi Joe

The only part I liked was your comment.

Henry Ellis
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