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Old 03-12-2006, 11:15 AM   #9
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Re: Aikido back in the house...

Joshua Reyer wrote:
Terry Dobson's book "Giving In to Get Your Way: Aikido in Everyday Life" is IMO the best explanation of applying these concepts to non-physical situations. As Dobson notes in the revised Preface, it was written when "systems" were in vogue, so you have to read past the "Attack-tics" terminology, but blending, entering, redirecting, getting off the line, it's all in there.
I will check that out. Thanks!
Joshua Reyer wrote:
And what's more, it's about conflict resolution, not avoiding confrontation. A lot of what I read about aikido in everyday life is really about the latter, even though avoiding confrontation is a pretty regular part of Japanese culture, and not really unique to aikido.
Yep, you're exactly right, there's no contradiction between aikido as an art of harmony and not avoiding confrontation. Good one, thank you!


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