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Old 03-24-2008, 05:51 PM   #6
Randy Sexton
Dojo: Aikido of Lake Keowee
Location: South Carolina
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 187
Cool Re: Dojo Training Syllabus

In regard to the question of training with or without weapons; I would simply point out that our founder was well trained in weapons and continued to train with weapons until the very end of his life. Therefore, IMHO I would conclude that one can learn Aikido without weapons training but perhaps much can be learned through the weapons training. I am in ASU and train with the Jo and Bokken and thoroughly enjoy it and feel it teaches me movement principles that I apply to unarmed Aikido techniques. IMHO a warrior not trained in weapons is at a disadvantage when faced with an armed opponent. I also feel that I better know how to utilize any weapon at my disposal when the life of my loved ones is threatened. Personally, I want as much training as I can possibly get both armed and unarmed.

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will"
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