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Old 12-04-2009, 02:55 PM   #6
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Re: Saluting Salubrity

re: What is the opposite of a martial artist? And, more generally, what is the opposite of "martial?"

I like the Wikipedia def of Aikido:

Aikido (合気道, aikidō?) is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy"[1] or as "the Way of harmonious spirit."[2] Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.

To defend themselves and to protect the attacker from injury - an excellent concept.

In Aikido training the beginner can neither attack or defend well and in turn cannot protect uke. I find it interesting that as our skills grow and we become "more martial" there is the potential of protecting the uke.

As hot and cold are not opposite, but points of temperature, perhaps martial does not have an opposite.

Just some thoughts.

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