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Old 10-24-2005, 09:10 PM   #8
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Re: Poll: How often does your aikido instructor discuss the philosophy of aikido during class?

Ian Dodkins wrote:
What is this 'philosophy of aikido' everyone talks about. I don't see it as a descrete thing or an accepted belief system. To a large extent I'd presume the philosophy taught is an off-shoot of the instructors philosophy, probably influenced by eastern thought!
I think it could be stated in general terms...pretty much along the lines which you described it in. Beyond that people start to inject their own conceptions of proportion between the principles we generally agree on.
I think that's why there were plenty of voters but not so many who were willing or able to say much about why they voted that way. I know I waited until other people began speaking before finally posting so as to provide something for me to "push" off of. Philosophy is very nebulous.

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