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10-19-2004, 04:53 PM
Actually, the title of this piece was just to draw your attention. It got you to click, didn't it?

I will be presenting some of my Aikido to a class as a part of a Multi-cultural studies presentation. I plan on showing the 31kata no jo as well as demonstrating Tainohenko and a variation of Nikkyo. (Nothing makes a believer like feeling the sheer power in the gentle pressure of Nikkyo ura waza.)

I want to pass out a one or two page summary of the theory of Aikido. I was going to write it myself, but I'm sure there are other authors out there who can capture the essence much more clearly and concisely than me.

So can anyone please link me to a short essay on the essence (philosophical, martial, or both) of Aikido? Nothing regarding the founder's life, I'll be covering that with my speech.

Arigato Gozaimasu

10-19-2004, 04:56 PM
Hi Rob,

Maybe I'm just old fashioned or something, but... If it's going to be your presentation for your class (which I am guessing is for credit?), wouldn't it make sense for you to write/compile such a summary?

-- Jun

10-19-2004, 06:08 PM
Yup. Your class, your speech.

10-19-2004, 07:00 PM
I don't think this is exactly what you are looking for, but if you are interested in using some or all of it you are welcome to. It describes my personal relationship with aikido but also goes into the basics of the art. I am the author...

10-20-2004, 01:45 AM
I was re reading the Spirit of Aikido by Ueshiba Kisshomaru this week, the early chapters have some interesting writing that may inspire you.

Coincidentally, we are doing a demonstration at a local university next week, I have passed the same info over to me Sempai who is writing our piece.

Ultimately, you need to write it though.



10-21-2004, 03:47 PM
I guess I was unclear. My mistake. Allow me to elucidate.

I'm not getting credit for the paper I'm handing out. The paper I'm handing out is to inform people in the hopes of getting them to join my dojo. The part I'm graded on is the oral presentation.

However, I'd like to hand something out because, at this time of the semester, dojo attendance is particularly low, so I'd like to try to drum up some new students.

It just so happens that I'm giving a presentation on Aikido, so I thought it an appropriate time. I will note, on the paper, of course, that the words are not my own and that I am not submitting the text for credit.

10-21-2004, 03:59 PM
Hi Rob,

Understood. Thanks for the clarification.

Does your dojo have any pre-printed literature? Handing out a class schedule might be nice.

If not, there are many resources on the Internet that describe Aikido including Kjartan's Aikido FAQ site (http://www.AikidoFAQ.com) and this very site's general aikido information (http://www.aikiweb.com/general) section (including Eric Sotnaks' oft-quoted General Information on Aikido (http://www.aikiweb.com/general/general.html) article).

-- Jun