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Old 08-15-2002, 03:03 PM   #16
Dojo: Shoshin Aikido Dojos
Location: Orlando
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 159
Chris, I agree to a certain extent. Where I hold back is the place where I deeply believe that aikido is an evolving art that daily discovers more and more about the human condition.

Ancient mysticism and esoterica are great for appealing to certain minds. When I was a thesophist I couldn't get enough of James, and the whole phenomenological movement. When I first studied aikido, I sat zazen and studied koans.

But now, well, like you said, I have limited mat time and I learn as much aikido from the world around me as I do on the mat. My students are mostly engineers and physicists and I see aikido developing in people all around me who have never heard of most of what has been discussed here already. Thanks.

Daniel G. Linden
Author of ON MASTERING AIKIDO (c) 2004
Founder Shoshin Aikido Dojos
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