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Old 06-24-2008, 10:40 AM   #106
John Matsushima
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Re: Aikido™ and Aiki…do. Where are we at?

Robert John wrote: View Post
Then maybe you want to enlighten us on "what" is so simple about it.
It is simple, but it isn't at the same time, in fact this stuff gets pretty complex when you get down to it. For someone to say that it's "that simple" smacks of just not having gotten around enough to feel anyone with actual skill
Well, I could say it is that simple because you said it is in your post. It is as complicated as you want it to be. What is so simple about it? Well, take tenkan for instance, if one stops trying to defeat uke, trying to move uke, and just turns with the attack, that's all there is to it.

I have been around to a number of people in a number of dojos, probably more than most, I think. I traveled around the U.S. for 3 months visiting many, many dojos. During my time in the Navy, I practiced in dojos in different countries, too. I spent a few years training at a great dojo in the states, and some here in Japan. Actual skill? I would have to be self-centered and self-absorbed to NOT realize that there are so many, many people who train in Aikido so diligently, seriously, thoroughly, and are damn good. What I've learned is that no one is special,including me, that has any special skills that will replace hard work, continuous training, and diligent study.

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