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Old 01-27-2002, 05:06 PM   #54
Dojo: Aikido Shinryukan Canterbury
Location: New Zealand
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 21

You did exactly what I was afraid you'd do - quote me out of context. I'm disappointed.

Frankly, I had similar concerns as Chris' - that your aiki was a bit fluffy-bunny for my taste.

Note past tense - had concerns, no longer have concerns.

Note also - for my taste - this is a personal opinion, and I am fully aware that I am not the final arbiter of what is or is not aikido. I never claimed to be.

I am also terribly uncomfortable with the amount of mysticising that goes on in the vicinity of aikido. Sure sometimes aikido seems to be just well, magical, but it's ordinary, everyday, repeatable stuff that anyone who is inclined to can practice and succeed at. I don't feel the need to wrap it up in appeals to "become one with the universe" or "feel the flow of ki".

In fact I sometimes think WRT martial arts,
<Cue corny kung-fu movie accent>,
"Ah so, "ki", ancient oriental sports psychology..."
<offered with sincere apologies to anyone offended by the racist stereotype>

These are my opinions and are clearly labled as such. This is the way I think about aikido. I am also not asking anyone to share them. Apparently they are not valid and I should therefore be silenced.

Where did I tell Craig that he was out of line?

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