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Old 11-04-2010, 09:42 PM   #88
George S. Ledyard
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Re: Life Question - Harming Another Human Being

Demetrio Cereijo wrote: View Post
Yes, I remember. When the thread came up, I was thinking of real competition rather than sport competition. However, my point stands. In order to have competition safely you have to have rules. Tomiki Aikido competition is in no way shape or form a "no holds barred" type of fight. It is quite formalized in order that it be done safely. It is my understanding from Saotome Sensei that this is what O-Sensei did not like about the idea of competition, the need to give it form in order to keep it safe. He didn't oppose competition because it wasn't "spiritual". At least that's not the way it was presented to me. I don't even know if this is written down anywhere. It was told to us by Saotome Sensei, but it may be recounted in one of his books somewhere.

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