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Old 03-29-2007, 11:06 AM   #2
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Re: George Ledyard on the Future of Aikido

Michael Hacker wrote: View Post

I've seen you use the term "doka" on a couple of occasions. I'm confused as to what you mean by it.

Hello Michael,
The word doka refers to 'songs of the way' or living poetic teaching. Aikidoists are also often refered to as Aikidoka. O'Sensei was such a language player, and in that vein I have come to use the word 'doka' to refer to ourselves as the 'living songs of the way.' It is an accurate, albeit, poetic interpretation. I feel like a vibrational song of this great path whenever i practice or reflect on my path. It is an amazingly powerful sensation. So, there's my definition.
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