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Old 09-14-2005, 02:00 PM   #16
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Re: Poll: How important is "being martially effective" in your aikido training?

Dictionary.com "martial art
n.
Any of several Asian arts of combat or self-defense, such as aikido, karate, judo, or tae kwon do, usually practiced as sport. Often used in the plural."

OOOOOOoooooooooo. don't tell the boys at my dojo they're doing a sport!!!

IMHO 'Martial' means simply military. 'Art' refers to in depth or philosophical study as opposed to simply 'Skill' or even 'Science'.

So, I have heard it said that Miyamoto Mushashi was the greatest sworsman ever, and Morihei Ueshiba the greatest martial artist. Both fought in wars, and fought well. I find it interesting that both lived long enough to become philosophers. (I don't think 'philosopher' is a bad word, don't tell anybody.)

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