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Old 09-15-2005, 07:00 AM   #24
Dojo: northeast aikikai
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 34
Re: Poll: How important is "being martially effective" in your aikido training?

The comments about & by women are very instructive. I agree that women are actually much more at risk for violence every day and Brenda's response is a good insight into Aikido's 'martial' aspect. When men think of martial they think 'war', 'battle', 'aggression'. It is good to appreciate the women's take on 'martial' - ? security, ?vigilance, ?protection, ?solidarity in the face of aggression. It reminds me of discussions recorded earlier about the feminine/masculine duality in aikido.
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