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Old 09-08-2009, 06:59 AM   #8
Marc Abrams
Dojo: Aikido Arts of Shin Budo Kai/ Bedford Hills, New York
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Re: 052) Aikido Waza IS Kata: Week of September 7, 2009

Francis Takahashi wrote: View Post
Dear Marc,

A thousand and one apologies for my clumsy expression and reaction to what I often see as petty discussions regarding the efficacy of Aikido training and its genuine contributions to the discussion on martial arts applicability. It was a general rebuttal that I had in mind, and not in reaction to what you actually wrote.

In no way would I wish to negatively criticize your marvelous mini treatise on how "kata" may be appropriately interpreted in much of what we see as standard Aikido training today. I allowed myself to get carried away from the many years of "defending" the Aikido I am familiar with, and did not give proper credit to your fine explanations. Again, my apologies.

Thank you for reminding me of the incident whereby I brought actual proofs of what Tohei Sensei had actually written and signed. It was my choice of words to describe them as I did, but the artifacts spoke adequately for themselves.

I will attempt to be more sensitive to the impact of my descriptions in the future of what I write of what I believe and have experienced. I need to remind myself that it is better "to be kind, than to always try to be right.". My batting average needs much improvement.

Thanks again for the correction!

I do want to thank Aiki Web for providing this excellent forum for the honest and well thought out examinations of things Aiki. I am enjoying, and learning so much each time I visit the site!

In oneness,

francis y takahashi

Thank you for clearing that up. I agree with you in being tired of having to defend Aikido. I frequently use Ikeda Sensei's comment asking to people to question why THEIR Aikido does not seem to "work." I think that a large part of the problem with the perception of "Aikido" in the "community at large" stems with our own perceptions of what Aikido is and is not. I am hopeful that we can properly frame what we do and how we practice in a manner that helps us all work towards passing on and continuing the legacy of what O'Sensei left to world.


Marc Abrams
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