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Old 11-01-2001, 06:37 AM   #1
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Thunder, fire water etc

Originally posted by Greg Jennings

o Someone's aikido out there might be passive, but the aikido I study certainly is not. Our philosophy is to always try to dictate. We do this by playing on whatever inclination it is that the other guy demonstrates.
It reminded me of Ueshiba saying something like, if someone strikes you with thunder defend with thunder, if he strikes with fire, respond with fire etc etc.(I think it is on 'Budo')

What do you (Greg) and what does Ueshiba mean? Any ideas?

The message I get is that if someone strikes you very hard, you can (in-deed have to) throw them very hard ('cos the energy is behind it). Alternatively if someone is very soft you can (in-deed have to) throw them softly.


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