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Kaabigang Dueg Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 08-11-2006 02:37 PM
The Virtuous Carabao
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In General Those who train in Aikido only, can't fight? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #11 New 09-19-2007 01:17 AM
Roman and I have been having an interesting conversation, where he characterized Aikidoka who train only in Aikido as being unable to "fight". I asked if that included Morihiro Saito Sensei, and he said "yes". (cf the comments of the preceding blog entry).

How about another example, Hiroshi Isoyama Sensei, who's been used as an example lately as an Aikidoka who runs counter to the "pacifist" ways of the Aikikai (despite his being an 8th Dan Shihan in the Aikikai). From what I can glean from the available information about him, he has trained only in Aikido since he was 12 years old. Does that also mean that Isoyama Sensei "can't fight?"
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#3 02-12-2008 12:03 AM
Sorry for not responding to this. I only just noticed your question upon looking at your latest blog entry. Although I've never got around to asking Isoyama Shihan if he did any other arts, I suspect that as with Saito (his childhood friend) he probably did judo or karate at junior high school, just as the current generation of local aikidoka do now. Whatever the case, it seems to me that aikido was Isoyama Shihan's "core art" from a young age and the same probably goes for Saito Shihan.
#2 10-02-2007 07:59 AM
CitoMaramba Says:
Thanks for that Carl. He is truly the epitome of Sun Tzu's saying "To win without fighting is the highest skill". I'm just curious if Isoyama Shihan has trained in any Martial Arts other than Aikido? I thought Morihiro Saito Shihan trained exclusively in Aikido, but I read in an interview that he had trained a little in Shito-Ryu Karate-do, Judo, and Kendo, prior to entering the Iwama dojo.
#1 09-30-2007 07:29 PM
He kicks the *?!:#$ out of me every Thursday. He doesn't need to fight. He uses aikido. He's also a very kind man.

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