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Old 07-09-2009, 01:43 PM   #65
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
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Re: The Challenge of Not Competing

Hi Mark, well, I don't know...the rolling around on the floor only happens when someone doesn't want to do the role playing...in other words, the hierarchy in aikido often simply masks the competitive natures of the people involved. If people simply allow the rank of the parties to settle the dispute, there is no rolling around. BUT if one of the parties elects not to play by that rule...all hell breaks loose.

Point being, the competitiveness is still there...it's just being masked.

Best,
Ron

Ron Tisdale
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