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Old 10-08-2001, 04:03 PM   #1
L. Camejo
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Dojo: Ontario Martial Arts
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
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Exclamation Aikido and beginners from other MA

Hi Aiki people,

I have a question for those of you who have ever had beginners who had come from experience in other MA, especially some of the more aggresive ones like many of the jujutsu styles, ninjutsu, striking/knock down karate styles or any other you may think of.

Do any of these students continuously aim to seek contests of strength or technique with other students and on the odd occasion, the instructor himself? Even during class?

It has been my experience that some (and I stress that SOME) students of these styles tend to come with a sort of mental pre-programming of combat that does not always see eye to eye with Aikido's principles of harmony and non-violence. As such, it tends to be very hard for them to accept the concept of self defence without needing or wanting to damage someone.

Anyone ever experience this? Any ideas on how to handle it without placing one of them in orbit one day?

Your thoughts please.

Arigato Gozaimasu

--Mushin Mugamae - No Mind No Posture. He who is possessed by nothing possesses everything.--
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