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Old 05-31-2002, 07:02 AM   #16
Location: Maidenhead
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 167
United Kingdom
I just don't get it

I struggle to see how one's character is reflected in one's technique. If this were true, there should be some correlation between ability and character, but I have never seen it. I know 5th kyus that have a more giving, caring personality than 5th Dans and vice versa. Sure - there are some wonderful people teaching aikido. But guess what - there are some wonderful people working on checkout at my local Tesco.

In every measure of character I can think of I can see a complete scatter. I doubt anyone would be able to find a correlation.

Personally, I just don't see how aikido can have a significantly greater influence on character than any other activity. I cannot think of a single person I know well in our dojo or any sister dojos would put 'improving my character' in any top 5 list of reasons to do aikido. Maybe it is just not a British thing...?!

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