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Old 04-05-2007, 11:19 AM   #3
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Re: RealLife

Helping others is good. Too many people turn a blind eye to helping others in need. "It's not my business," seems to be a battle cry today. I would rather be wrong 99 times in responding to a call for help than to miss that one time.

When I first began training aikido, my instructor impressed upon me the importance of ukewaza and ukemi by saying, "you need to control yourself before you can start controlling others." I think that many aikido people falsely believe they control others when they practice aikido. This misperception of control then expands to the real world and can lead to dangerous situations. We all wish to make brave and courageous decisions to help others in need, but sometimes we don't quite have enough training under our belts to see those decisions through.

Last edited by jonreading : 04-05-2007 at 11:26 AM.