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Old 01-30-2006, 06:04 AM   #128
Alec Corper
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Dojo: Itten Suginami Dojo, Nunspeet
Location: Wapenveld
Join Date: Apr 2003
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Re: Culture of Martial Mediocrity?

the art has in my opinion degenerated... simply put I believe Osensei intended for aikido to be a equally both spiritual and functional, practical art physically that in spite of the "mystifiers" was fairly easy to learn physically, but took longer to develop the deeper more subtle spiritual/philosophical aspects...
I posted a blog about this central idea on Aikido Journal, Take the Budo out of Aikido and you have ballet, take the spiritual out you have modified ju-jutsu, take the kokyu out you have strength competition, take the Rei out you have sport. Aikido only becomes Aikido when the enigma of apparent opposites is resolved in the practitioner.

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