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Old 03-29-2007, 11:08 AM   #3
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Re: George Ledyard on the Future of Aikido

Jennifer Smith wrote: View Post
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.

Thanks for the clarification.

Michael Hacker
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