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Old 01-03-2007, 11:06 AM   #6
Min Kang
Dojo: Aikido Shobukan Dojo
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 34
Re: "Proactive" Aikido?

my sense of Aikido's "noncompetitiveness" or "nonviolence" is that we strive to resolve conflict without harming the "opponent." That always seemed to me to be both arrogant in the sense that you presume that you're that much better than your opponent; and a worthwhile goal to strive towards.

but ... it seems to me that you must necessarily be at a point where you can strike effectively to harm (and the opponent realizes it) and choose not to ...

hence my signature

They that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone ...
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