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Old 09-11-2000, 01:34 PM   #9
Dojo: Two Rivers Dojo, York
Location: York, England
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 47

Well, Ted, just to throw a spanner into the works for you - but I find that Aikido complements, very well, my interest in traditional Chinese spiritual matters - specifically Taoism...

Seriously though, I think you seriously do Aikido a disservice by trying to differentiate between the physical and the spiritual - this dualism is a Western misconception which really can't used to accurately describe Aikido. In answer to your second, more precisely worded question, is that Aikido introduced me to... you guessed it, Aikido. I see no disparity between moksu (sp?) - which we practice sometimes at our Tomiki Aikido dojo - and managing to do a nice, flowing jo irimi nage .

Sunset Shimmering,
On Water, Placid and Calm,
A Fish Touches Sky
David Marshall
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