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Old 09-07-2008, 10:59 AM   #71
Join Date: Aug 2005
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Re: The continued Evolution of Aikido

Mark Uttech wrote: View Post
Onegaishimasu. As soon as you bring in competition, something gets lost.

In gassho,

Without competition so much is lost.
Martial arts are about competition, testing, vying, and winning over the enemy.When we made them a hobby, we, failed the arts.
Some of finest, most well balanced men, I have met were grapplers. Some of the weirdest most passive aggressive types and outright abusers, I have met were in the DO arts. Arts that are unchallenged. Why? They can get away with things they can never get away with otherwise. It has been noted way back in Japan. That opinion is not "news."

The best spirituallity is the one that gets played out, tested and tempered in the trenches...not in the pews.