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Old 08-29-2011, 02:41 AM   #151
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Re: philosophical or practical martial art?

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In order to establish heaven on earth, we need a Budo that is pure in spirit, that is devoid of hatred and greed. It must follow natural principles and harmonize the material with the spiritual. Aikido means not to kill. Although nearly all creeds have a commandment against taking life, most of them justify killing for reason or another. In Aikido, however, we try to completely avoid killing, even the most evil person.
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To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.
Morihei Ueshiba

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we can make our minds so like still water, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life
w b yeats


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