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Old 07-29-2005, 10:35 AM   #24
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Re: Poll: Does the philosophy of aikido need to be explicitly discussed during class for the training to be "aikido"?

Charles,

Yann did a good job describing aikido.

To answer your 'what is my source' question, my position is a bit more tenuous. I get the universal truths from my own heart. A universal truth can be "be nice to uke - it's his turn next".

So, when OSensei writes a poem describing the 'flying bridge' in the 'cross-shape' and says it is compassion - i take him to mean that truth transcends rational discussion - and if you are gentle with uke - you can throw him much more easily!

My position may be nastiest ego you ever heard. But maybe not.
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