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Old 06-16-2009, 05:34 PM   #5
Stefan Stenudd
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Re: The Soft Sword of Aikido

Drew, what I find rewarding for one's aikido practice is the surprising softness by which the shinken cuts. The sword movements are soft rather than hard, rounded rather than straight - and this experience transports well into aikido. Of course, I'm not talking about the battle field gore of it. That wouldn't be a hit among dojo friends...

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