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Old 11-10-2005, 10:53 AM   #5
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
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Re: I Want That Wrist!

I think searching for passiveness is as bad as being aggressive. I think aikido is about our intimate connection with uke, as well as the rest of the world. Should aikido make us more likely to turn away or confront conflict? I think it comes down to your character and situation - you are doing it right if you have a spontaneous response that is right for you, in that situation. I think aikido can help us open up and develop that intimicy without shielding ourselves with either fear or anger (nor moral conjecture), and to see what is an appropriate response. I certainly believe that most (sane) humans are naturally compassionate and intuitively intelligent.

...if I hadn't done aikido I don't think my brain or my thoughts would be the same at all!

Last edited by ian : 11-10-2005 at 10:56 AM.

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