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Old 01-04-2009, 10:03 AM   #77
Joe McParland
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Re: Effectiveness of Aikido in a combat situation

Erick Mead wrote: View Post
Larry's point about the only other option with fear being non-attachment is true. But aikido is emphatically not about non-attachment. When the Founder said "true budo is love" -- that is the answer -- complete connection -- the opposite of detachment.
David Henderson wrote: View Post
To me, non-attachment doesn't mean I don't care; it means I don't dwell on stuff. A hot fire leaves only ashes.
I agree with David.

Additionally: Experiencing complete connection is not the opposite of non-attachment. Some would claim that non-attachment is a prerequisite for experiencing complete connection, adding that attachment interferes with connection.

If someone is intent upon (i.e., attached to) punching you in the nose and you are intent upon (attached to) not moving, you'll likely experience full connection---just not the aikido type.