Keith Kolb wrote:
Mysticism is an integral part of Aikido.
That's an interesting statement, one with which I'm not too sure if I personally agree.
But, to make sure we're on the same starting page:
How would you define "mysticism" in the context of your thoughts in this thread?
I'm sure they have equally disdainful opinions about my willingness to strike an attacker full force in the face.
Interestingly, perhaps, at dinner last night, a friend of mine from the dojo said something to the effect of, 'I guess I have no qualms about hitting people." We then exchanged some stories of people hitting aikido shihan in the face (purposefully as opposed to accidentally) when training with them...