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Creation Date: 03-21-2005 05:24 AM
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In General One Hundred and Nineteen Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #120 New 03-07-2009 07:08 AM
From the Aikido IS a Practical Martial Arts Thread:

Kevin Leavitt wrote:
If so, is the process really designed to teach folks morals or ethics....

I wrote:
I don't see the process of Aikido study as a delivery vehicle for any moral or ethical lessons. Rather the physical practice of Aikido provides me with a way of looking inward to discover who I am and how I interact with the world around me. This process of discovery has enabled me to witness the emergence and maturation of a moral and ethical base of personal behavior that is substantially different from when I started my study.

My study of Aikido has been decidely inwardly directed, resulting in outward behavior that has been moving toward a more ethical and moral form than would othwerwise have been had I never taken up Aikido.
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#2 03-09-2009 05:33 AM
RonRagusa Says:
Perhaps Joe. My experience has been otherwise. Surely the awareness of how I can hurt and be hurt on the mat has induced behavorial changes in me with regards to how I deal with people "out in the world"; but what I'm getting at with my original entry goes deeper. I'm not prepared to elaborate further at this time so I'll leave it at that.
#1 03-07-2009 03:35 PM
For the bulk of aikido kata-ish practice, we spend half the time taking care in handling an attacker and the other half being thrown or submitting to another. Everything else aside, it seems that would be enough to induce behavioral change that others might call "moral" or "ethical" without any reflection at all. Just a thought.

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