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Old 10-28-2005, 11:42 AM   #28
Rachel Strickman
Location: Helsinki
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 16
Re: Poll: How often does your aikido instructor discuss the philosophy of aikido during class?

I sometimes think all this talking about and expressing the ideas of aikido during class is a little counterproductive. It does lead to more "oh, that's what sensei means!" moments, but also distracts from the physical practice, and what's more, you don't get that understanding that comes from doing. Understanding that comes from being told is different from understanding that comes from really discovering for yourself that something is true. Furthermore, the ideal state of mind for doing aikido is, apparently, that state of calm and wordless action that can also be achieved by crawling around in the bushes birdwatching for four days. I'm not sure all this talking is going to help people get there.. although anything that speeds up the process is probably good...
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