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Old 06-20-2000, 02:43 PM   #11
Norman
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Not to get off topic with discriminations, but more my own point of view;

First,
Not all Aikidoka are of the warrior class, and not all warriors are Aikidoka.

But I bring up the point of class.
Warriors, (whatever the imagery just flashed across your mind) are the elite.

My preconceptions were wrong about some people. I expected every martial artist to be of the warrior class, that just is not so.
Let me give an example here;
Kokoro is an essential part of warriorship, yet there are many many non warriors who know the true meaning of Kokoro. There are people of every class, and ilk that overcome great adversity, and triumph over increadable hardships. these people that wouldn't know a backfist from a reverse punch, or Irimi from Tenkan could teach a lasting lesson in warriorship.

I have come to realise that all people, reguardless of class warrior, merchant, artist, farmer can teach each other great things about themselves.
A "bad" teacher can even teach you how not to be, to your bennifit.

Disclaimer: these are my personal opinions.

Norman Harvey
New England Aikikai

"We see the world as WE are, not as IT is, because it is the I behind the EYE that does the seeing"
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