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Old 05-06-2010, 10:03 PM   #46
niall
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Re: Yoshinkan and "aiki"

Thank you for that more gentle response, Dan.

I think there is room for many approaches and none of them is necessarily the only correct one.

My teachers - Kinjo Asoh who was 7th dan when he died and Sadateru Arikawa who was 9th dan when he died - were both direct students of O Sensei. Following his teachings they emphasized kokyu ryoku as being the (not an) essential element of aikido - the thing we have to catch at all costs. There is no short cut - the way to get it is through many years of sincere training. Perhaps in the Yoshinkan tradition kokyu ryoku has a more specialized and limited technical meaning.

we can make our minds so like still water, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life
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