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Old 09-14-2005, 04:35 PM   #18
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?

Dirk Hanss wrote:
Saotome always says: "The dojo is your battlefield"
We can open another thread about what he might mean. At least it is orderly mind and behaviour in classes. To some it might look like military drill, but what I have seen it is just being serious.

And martial art just means the art to survive on the battlefield. Another explanation is to "die awesome", and it is all the same.

You have to learn to do what you have to do without fear, and you have to decide when there is the right time to hide, go away or run.

And while surviving the battlefield "dojo", you are learning to survive on any other battlefield, the next is called "company".

I'd say you need some martial awareness according to the definition above. Effectiveness will come by time. You should not try to enforce it, as you might spoil it.

CU Dirk
Dude - Sorry; but I have no idea what you just said.

Having experience both in the dojo and on the battlefield - the real one - I can personally attest the two are not related.
Martial Art does not mean 'to survive on the battlefield'. Surviving on the battlefield is getting your head down, getting in close to the enemy, giving flying metal the right of way, and getting out with the same number of holes you went in with. All this 'martial arts is military' crap is pure fantasy.

Can you please elaborate somewhat on your point?

Answers are only easy when they're incomplete.
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