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Old 09-25-2005, 05:31 AM   #3
Tim Griffiths
Dojo: Nes Ziona Aikikai
Location: Suzhou, China
Join Date: Aug 2001
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Re: The Original Meaning of Aikido

Well, the kanji for KI is a combination of 'steam/cloud' and 'rice'. Now I don't know about you, but with enough brown rice I can, err, produce enough steam (this is the secret technique of getting more lift during koshinage).
So, the art of simultanious wind-breakage?

On a semi-serious note, an explanation from a Chinese friend of mine:
"People make the translation of 'aiki-do' much too complicated. First, the word is 'aiki', it looses its real sense when you break it up into its two parts. And 'aiki' is an everyday word, not something to do with Universal power or something very spiritual. I heard the word a lot when I was growing up from my grandmother - whenever me and my brother were fighting she would sigh and say "Can't you two try to have a little more heqi (aiki)?" "

Tim

If one makes a distinction between the dojo and the battlefield, or being in your bedroom or in public, then when the time comes there will be no opportunity to make amends. (Hagakure)
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