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Old 03-15-2006, 05:07 AM   #13
Mark Freeman
Dojo: Dartington
Location: Devon
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,220
United Kingdom
Re: Poll: How important is "courage" in your own personal aikido practice?

David Valadez wrote:
Here's a question that came to my mind:

If courage is a part of training, what about fear then? Is fear a part of training? Should we make it a part of training? Does it need to be a part of Training? Should we try not to have fear be a part of training in order that we cultivate a virtue like courage? If so, where or how does all the discourse of "stay bright/stay positive," etc., fit into such things? Or, can we cultivate courage by doing our best to leave fear out of our training as much as possible?
Good questions David, and quite a few of them

I can't remember feeling fear in any of my practice so far, and yet I feel more couragous now than when I first started. Not just in the physical realm, I feel more able now to deal with issues outside of the dojo in a more couragous way.
So I think that it is possible to gain courage without the use of fear as a training tool. This does not mean that there is no place for its use though. I'm sure there are positive applications for it, it's just that I have not experienced it 'yet'.


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