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osaya 07-17-2010 02:06 AM

questions over the decades - same or different?
I'm wondering if and how the questions that aikido community over the years have changed?

For instance, I have noticed a lot of questions nowadays may be about the efficacy of aikido - perhaps against MMA, or such and such a martial art. Has this always been the case?

Have we as a community evolved in terms of our questions? Have the questions come full circle? Have they stagnated? Or do questions emerge thematically as per the individual aikidoka's stage of aikido?


niall 07-17-2010 11:05 AM

Re: questions over the decades - same or different?
I don't really remember anyone asking comparative questions like that. But wondering if aikido would work against a real attack has always been popular!

One difference is the internet. For example this site allows exchanges and cross-pollination of ideas across different styles - there wasn't much of that.

In the end I think you're right - individual aikidoka come up with their own important questions. One day hopefully answers too.

Mark Uttech 07-19-2010 03:42 AM

Re: questions over the decades - same or different?
Onegaishimasu. Questions change like everything else, that is why the study/practice of aikido is a journey. A question may come to your mind that never came before, and suddenly you are looking at lots of things in a different way. Just think, a question can appear that leads you around the corner into a brave new world...

In gassho,


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