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Old 05-30-2008, 06:06 PM   #16
George S. Ledyard
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Re: Striking in your Aikido

Daren Sims wrote: View Post
Interesting closing statement Lynn. Do you think there are people here that don't see it as a martial art?


Ellis Amdur Sensei once said that the difference between "self defense" and a "martial art" was that in martial arts you were training to fight another professional. By that standard Aikido is not really a "martial art". Aikido is not about fighting anyone, in my opinion.

I think that Aikido is a mental and physical health system. Some level of skill at application is a byproduct of proper training but not the point. It is a form of Budo.

George S. Ledyard
Aikido Eastside
Bellevue, WA
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