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Old 02-26-2006, 10:31 AM   #15
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
Location: Phila. Pa
Join Date: Jun 2002
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Re: Poll: How important is the notion of "gaining advantage over your partner" in your aikido training?

From Gozo Shioda's 'Dynamic Aikido', page 17, section titled Practice Methods:

Though aikido differs from other sports in that it goes beyond the normal concepts of victory and defeat, the object of controlling the opponent and gaining superiorty must never be forgotten. At the same time, as mentioned earlier, the aikidoka must always strive for harmony.
Here is one of the contradictions that intrigue me about aikido that I mentioned on another thread...we have 'gaining superiority' vs 'strive[ing] for Harmony'. Tricky thing to do in practice...

PS Jun, any chance you were re-reading this book when you created the poll?

Ron Tisdale
"The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind."
St. Bonaventure (ca. 1221-1274)
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