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Old 09-12-2005, 06:29 AM   #9
Dojo: Great Wave Aikido
Location: Alberta, Canada
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 543
Re: Poll: How important is "being martially effective" in your aikido training?

Defiine 'Martially effective'.

There's a general trent to assume 'Martially Effective' means 'Street Effective'.
Personally; I disagree. To me, 'Street effective' means you should be able to defend yourself in a common assault using only aikido. (Good luck...) Using this definition; I vote 'somewhat important'.
Martially effective OTOH means to me at least that it effectively teaches and instills martial principles of movement, relaxation under stress, situational awareness, tactical foresight etc. Using this definition; I vote 'critically important'.

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