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Old 01-03-2011, 08:29 PM   #30
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Re: Spiritual Principles Applied

Hey Graham-

Interesting read, thanks for sharing. Notwithstanding some of the issues with your concepts as they relate to physics (some others have already weighed in on these guys), I'll throw out something which which I am having trouble understanding that Janet touched upon.

I advocate that what we call aiki happens at a point which precedes physical contact at a preemptive timing (sen sen no sen). That is, the interaction of aikido would have already happened at the time of contact. In your post however you imply that aikido happens at the point of contact (a wrist grab) and that acceptance is a principle you should apply then. This is difficult for me since I believe if you have not already connected to your partner's center by the time of contact you are not really doing the aiki part of aikido.

My two cents.
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