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Old 09-29-2005, 05:37 AM   #20
David Yap
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 561
Re: Article: Aikido - What It Is and What It Isn't by George S. Ledyard

George sensei,

Sorry, I seem to have lost the directions in your last few posts.

What is your criteria for best or quality aikido? Is it:

1) The manner in which aikido is taught by Japanese shihans resident in the States versus the manner of instructions in Japan (within hombu or otherwise)? I think there are cultural and communication differences here - Japan and the rest of the world.

2) The technical ability (able to perform good aikido) of the shihans in States versus the shihans in Japan? This again can be cultural.

To me: emphasize on good kihon is what aikido is; chasing after techniques is what aikido isn't.


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