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Old 04-30-2005, 08:59 PM   #4
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: Three Lakes WI/ Mishima Japan
Join Date: May 2003
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Re: Aikido challenges today

Those people taking part in and receiving challenges were all professionals/full time practitioners. All they did was to train. Contemporary aikido people are largely hobbyists and those who are pros make their money teaching hobbyists. I think that if you look into people who teach combat methods to people who will actually use the skills, you will find that they are challenged in similar ways to the "old masters."

Charles
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