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Old 09-08-2008, 04:31 PM   #46
jennifer paige smith
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Re: Why isn't this showing Aikido as effective?

Matthew Gano wrote: View Post
The smile has been my most effective weapon. That and a demonstrative genuine concern for others. I was in a situation where I'm quite sure I was being sized up for a mugging with a homeless guy I "befriended" at SFO airport (I spent 3 nights there one time, who needs a hotel ). It's a bit more complex than just smiling, but that was very much at the heart of it. This is where the ai of love starts to take meaning for me. Demonstrating power only reinforces the might makes right mentality and that's the deeper issue behind violence. If you can stop a conflict with something along the lines of a smile, it implies something far more profound and sophisticated/evolved (in my opinion, anyway).
Hi Matt,
It implies the 'musubi of ai' and has also been very effective for me.

Jennifer Paige Smith
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