Re: Martial Ineffectiveness
Personal transformation is not a choice it is what happens in life whether you want to or not.
If you choose to use Aikido (a martial art) as your means for personal transformation then how do you measure your progress if not by the effectiveness of your Aikido?
How do you know where you are at if not by the ineffectiveness of your Aikido?
From the moment we are born we are on a journey of personal transformation. At some point in our lives we make choices about what we will or will not use for this journey. It could be sports like baseball, football, soccer, fencing. It could be music, art, dancing. It could be the work you do.
From his teens to his early forties O'Sensei driving ambition was to be stronger than anyone else and a better martial artist than anyone else. This he accomplished to a great degree. It set the stage for the last forty some years of his life.
I am not talking about wanting to learn an art to kick ass, not does it matter what the neighborhood is like where you live. It is about the vehicle you chose for the transformation.
O'sensei had a martial art that he studied and a philosophy tha he belived in. The goal in his martial art was martial effectiveness.
The goal in his philosophy was separate.
Last edited by dps : 01-15-2010 at 03:49 AM.