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Old 09-16-2010, 10:48 AM   #7
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Dojo: Aikido South (formerly Emory Aikikai)
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,139
Re: Teaching a Beginner What Aikido Isn't

As senior student responding to a question, I don't think you did bad. The choice to fight this man faces is not yours to make. In hindsight, this man apparently felt that your dojo (or aikido) would be a successful tool to defend himself. Retrospectively, you may want to discuss this issue with your sensei and confirm the correct philosophy of the dojo. Some aikido dojos would answer that question differently and you need to be careful your responses do not blanket aikido in general. For example, I know several aikido people whose response to a question about atemi would be, "you mean you're not using [that] atemi?" Then there are those dojos to emphasize running only in the effort to chase down your opponent because somehow he escaped...
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