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Old 01-01-2009, 05:50 PM   #14
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,182
Re: Effectiveness of Aikido in a combat situation

Clarence Couch wrote: View Post
Imo, one must understand, realize and 'fess up' why they're taking MA. Is it for health? (Join a gym) well being? (self help group) self defense? (see below) Spiritual 'enlightenment' ? ( join a guru) Flexibility? ( take yoga) "Traditional Asian mystic"? (most common reason) They like the way they feel in a Gi? ( yeah, right {but most'd be surprised} Some unknown reason? (at least 10%). I have no problem with any of those, but IMO, what's important to me is to be realistic about why they are practicing MA (as opposed to some other venue). I suspect most'd say self defense
I think there's also a fair number who are looking for a form of exercise that will be more interesting and engaging than training in a gym. I know that's why I started.