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Old 06-13-2005, 12:03 AM   #235
Red Beetle
Dojo: Ithaca
Location: Tennessee
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 97
Re: Aikido minus mysticism: a step forward

1. Do you think that all Aikido dojos only study mysticism?
No. Perhaps they study other things with their mysticism, or maybe they do not even study mysticism.

2. Do you think that there are any Aikido dojos that train without mysticism at the current time?

3. Do you think there are any circumstances where a discussion outside of pure technique would benefit someone studying Aikido? And what discussion(s) might those be (if any)?
Yes. A discussion that disparages irrational ism.

4. What exactly is "serious study" and why doesn't it include the history of what you are studying?
Serious study is the reduction of a multiplicity to a unity.
It is the search for unifying principals that produce a qualitative affect.

It can include the history of Aikido. Mysticism is a part of that history. Reform of Aikido necessitates that we correct past mistakes. I propose the elimination of one of the biggest mistakes....mysticism.

Red Beelte
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