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Old 07-14-2002, 11:20 PM   #14
Dojo: International Aikido Association
Location: Ft. Worth, Texas
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 24
DaveO wrote:
Overcoming fear is not about the absence of fear in a fearsome situation; it's about not letting fear take control of you. We train so that when the time comes and you're in danger (snipped) your mind will operate rationally in a very unrational situation. Dave
Very well said. This is kinda like if the "fight or flight" adrenaline is pumping, you will not freeze like a deer in a cars headlights. This goes into the "relax completely" section of the four basic principles of Aikido. If I may quote this site: , "Complete relaxation goes beyond simple muscular relaxation into mind/body relaxation. A calm mind naturally produces a calm body. Removing stress from the body greatly enhances freedom of movement, which is so necessary in aikido."

Adapt, React, Overcome, is something else that comes into mind.

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