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Old 10-12-2006, 02:35 PM   #137
Erick Mead
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Re: What is "Aikido"?

Found this of interest in Second Dosshu's article entitled, not too ironically, "What is Akido?" :
Kisshomaru Ueshiba "What is Aikido" wrote:
A spinning top revolves at a high speed around a stable center, yet hardly appears to move at all. If you touch the top slightly, however, it will immediately fly off with a burst of centrifugal force, and its latent power becomes evident. The energy radiated by a spinning top is a perfect example of "stillness within movement.

The Founder often described the state of stillness within moment as sumikiri, "total clarity of mind and body." This concept lies at the very heart of Aikido.



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