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Old 11-22-2006, 10:58 AM   #216
Mike Sigman
Location: Durango, CO
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Re: Aikido: The learning of natural movement

Erick Mead wrote:
Try responding to the points in argument, or do you really maintain that nei-jin (internal strength) as a concept is not within the set of nei-jia (internal family [of arts]) as related principles of action??
Incidentally, just as a side-note, Aikido would not qualify as one of the "neijia", the "internal arts family". They have a specific way of "hitting with the dantien" that is a variation of the jin/kokyu powers not found in Aikido. Even though Aikido uses "neijin" and "ki development", it would technically be part of the "waijia", the "external family". Not that that really means anything, except to people who may be wrongly focused on the idea that "it's kewl to be internal", without understanding what it means.

Aikido, as Ueshiba describes it, attempts to focus on a very refined aspect of the ki/kokyu skills that stays within what is considered the higher-levels of martial arts accomplishments.


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