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Old 08-17-2006, 08:38 AM   #21
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Re: The Spirit of Aikido

[quote=Ron Ragusa]"'The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood as a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek competition are making a grave mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst sin a human being can commit. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent slaughter - it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.'"
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Easy to say once you are confident in your ability to smash, injure and destroy other people! Ueshiba is also known to have a different view for 'real life' situations through what he has said to his Uchedeschi and through some of his own confrontations.

I think the view of aikido depicted here by O'sensei stands, and is a goal - but I think we also need to ensure that realistic self-defence is also an aspect (for us lesser mortals!)

P.S. Ricky - that is a beautiful story and maybe illustrates an important point; even the person trying to beat the crap out of you on the street is a human with people he loves and people who love him.

Last edited by ian : 08-17-2006 at 08:42 AM.

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