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Old 02-01-2010, 10:12 AM   #31
Fred Little
Dojo: NJIT Budokai
Location: State Line NJ/NY
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Re: "Hidden in Plain Sight" - Shinkage ryu menkyo

WHAT do you contend was the intended reference of "the old form of the posture in kenjutsu" which IS aikido, according to Morihei Ueshiba
I'm not Ellis, but I think it much more reasonable to view that "reference" as a typically pro forma appeal to an ahistorical, retrospectively projected and idealized golden age which was invoked to validate the speaker's broader assertions, while drawing attention away from their radical disjunction from the reality of the tradition out of which which they purportedly arise, than as having any objective correlate in the curricular specifics or organizing principles of specific Japanese martial traditions Ueshiba may have studied formally or otherwise.

For a good look at how this pattern has played out in the English-speaking world, one can hardly do better than Hobswam and Ranger's groundbreaking 1983 collection, The Invention of Tradition.

Regards to all,


Last edited by Fred Little : 02-01-2010 at 10:16 AM. Reason: missing particle

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